Best Outdoor El Paso Photo Session Locations! Valerie Kate Photography Location Guide

The El Paso area offers a wide variety of diverse locations perfect for your session whether you are searching for a natural environment or a more urban feel.

El Paso Municipal Rose Garden: Near Memorial Park, The El Paso Municipal Rose Garden is another option for a greener outdoor landscape. As one of over 100 certified rose gardens in the United Sates, the garden produces a wide variety of roses planted with trees, shrubs, and a waterfall making this a beautiful location for photos. Seasons: Spring, Summer


UTEP: UTEP’s urban campus area offers a beautifully landscaped backdrop that isn’t too distracting.


Memorial Park: Large and spacious, Memorial Park is a great outdoor spot for photos. The beautiful greenery and abundance of trees at this location will make you forget that you’re actually in the desert. Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall


McKelligan Canyon: If you prefer a more untouched environment, McKelligan Canyon offers a serene desert landscape. Located on the southeastern side of the Franklin Mountains, this site features robust canyon walls contrasted against the surrounding desert area. Seasons: Beautiful year-round


Trans Mountain: Another option for a natural outdoor setting is Trans Mountain. This pairs the same desert feel with a more mountainous background. The outdoor scenery changes with every season with special advantages year-round.


Upper Trans Mountain


Lower Trans Mountain

San Elizario Gazebo: Part of the historic El Paso Mission Trail, this is located in the San Elizario Memorial Plaza. Surrounded by trees and grass, this historical landmark is perfect for a tamer outdoor look.


Union Plaza: Located downtown, Union Plaza provides a charming, urban setting for photos. Remodeled from an industrial complex and repurposed for restaurants and boutique shops, Union Plaza is perfect for any El Paso native looking to capture the essence of home in their photos. Seasons: Perfect year-round


Plaza Theater Area: The Plaza Theater is a beautifully restored Spanish colonial revival structure. Originally built in 1930 the building provides a unique, older urban feel. Seasons: Perfect year-round


El Paso Train Station: Another historical landmark, the El Paso train station sports a red brick neoclassical style building with its signature bell tower. Built in 1906, this landmark is another perfect place for those who want their home as the backdrop for their photos.

Styling your family for a photo session (Tips for getting your look just right)

Styling your family for your new portraits is a little intimidating. Everybody sees family portraits involving matching sweaters, or no coordination at all, but it doesn’t have to go down like that. The right color palette, textures, and coordination will allow your family’s personality to shine through your portraits without distracting too much from what makes the portrait special: you and your loved ones.


Stay within a complimentary color palette that matches your family. When choosing a color palette, start with one color or one outfit. If you are in charge of everyone’s outfits, it’s easier if you begin by choosing your own outfit, then coordinate everyone else’s look off of the colors that you choose. Shy away from heavy or distracting patterns and also avoid large text, graphics, or logos. Also consider where you are going to display your photos in your home. If you want to put up your portrait in your living room, what is the color scheme going on in there? Take note of the wall colors, large artwork or other decorations you have displayed, furniture etc. The most important thing to remember is coordination, not exact matching. Once you have your colors pinned down, start thinking about patterns.


Notice here how everyone started with a navy or dark blue-green color. From there, Dad’s pants with Mom and Baby’s shoes add more color. Patterns are an opportunity for more color within your palette. You want your patterns to add texture and dimension to your outfit without it taking over. Individually, the family above is in their own unique outfits but can still come together as a unit and look good, which is how your family should be portrayed.

When planning your family portrait session, you’ll definitely want to look nice, but also remember to be comfortable in what you are wearing. If you’re comfortable during your session, then you’ll be more natural. Don’t worry, it is definitely possible to look nice while remaining casual.


Uncomfortable temperatures make even the best of us cranky so remember to dress for the weather if you choose an outdoor location, especially if there are little ones involved. If there is the potential for chilly weather, layers actually add a whole new layer of dimension to your outfits. Coats, printed scarves, or chunky sweaters add dimension, texture, and change of color. Since these items can be taken on and off they also help add variety to your shoot. We watch the weather very closely and if you are from El Paso you know how quickly our weather can change. Customer experience is everything to us. Your pictures won’t look good if you are not comfortable. We will not shoot in wind over 20mph, or snow or rain, and if driving conditions are too dangerous we will reschedule. Your safety is our number one priority so so in these circumstances photos can wait.



Make sure to leave plenty of time to get ready so everyone has the opportunity to look their best, including yourself! You know your family best, so if somebody is spill and/or stain prone, pack an extra set of clothes just in case. There is really no need to run out and purchase brand new outfits for everybody. The clothes you already have and are comfortable in will translate your personality through your photos the best. If you have any questions about dressing your family for your shoot, just ask! Here at Valerie Kate Photography, we want your portraits to turn out as perfect as possible.


What Does Photography Mean To You? – El Paso Family Photography

el-paso-family-photography-studio-sessionI remember being five years old, putting on my favorite outfit, and going out to have professional pictures taken with the entire family in tow. As a little kid I took everything very seriously. I sat extremely still exactly how the photographer told me to, and I gave my cheesiest smile with all my cousins and my sister neatly placed around me. Now that I’m grown up, I’m extremely grateful for my behavior since these are the pictures that everyone outside the family gets to see.

el-paso-family-photography-valerie-kateFamilies have many different types of photos, all are priceless. Walking through my parent’s house I find Disney vacations, the Grand Canyon, or my first day of kindergarten. I see the high top sneakers I chose to pair with my catholic school uniform, my awkward years, fancy senior pictures, countless holidays, and birthdays. These pictures are unique and capture a memory, which a family understands to be special.

Families exist as a unit, providing unconditional love and support no matter how big or small, or far apart. The photographs taken of the family serve as insurance for an individual’s most prized memories. Getting professional pictures taken is an investment worth every penny. When I look back on those cheesy smiles and remember how serious it was to me, I know I’ll never regret being a part of those photos.

el-paso-family-photography-studio-valerie-kateAt Valerie Kate Photography we strive to document these family moments just like you do. Whether it’s a smile or a laugh between brothers and sisters, or a quick glance between mom and dad, they capture the way your family exists together, resulting in beautiful family portraits that you can proudly show off on social media as well as covering all your walls at home. Over the years the dynamic of a family changes, new loved ones arrive and others part, but a simple photograph remains forever.

As the spring returns we are preparing to release our family photography session location guide for 2017! Join our mailing list by filling in the form at the top of the page to receive your copy this Sunday, February 19th. El Paso offers a variety of beautiful locations to have your family photographed, or you can take it indoors for studio portraits. Call us today at (915) 637-4945. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Family Photography Session El Paso Ranch

As the spring approaches many El Paso families take their photography sessions outdoors. There are so many great locations in our beautiful city in west Texas. This ranch is just one of the many options for outdoor family photography sessions.

This family had a blast hanging out and running around. Family sessions are always fun and choosing a location can be really hard sometimes. We always ask if clients are wanting a nature look or an urban look. Where would you go? Join our mailing list to receive our El Paso Photography Outdoor Session guide for 2017 in two weeks!

Union Plaza Family Fun – El Paso Photography


This little cutie was hungry during the session and fortunately, we had some chips for her to snack on. She reached out for them and smiled for us until they were all gone. Then we had to figure out another way to make her smile.


She was disappointed that we ran out of chips but she was very happy to run around this cozy little alcove downtown near Union Plaza. She ran and laughed for the rest of the session and we just followed the best we could. This stylish family was absolutely wonderful!


Making Memories, Telling Stories – El Paso Studio Photography



Making memories is a special series where our families can relax and enjoy a fun-filled photography session that is different from the traditional way of doing things. Everyone is encouraged to bring a plush character for some jumping on the bed! We just fell in love with this little guy and his Batman.

The best part of these sessions is the pillow fight!!!! Get ready, aim, and go crazy! Don’t fuss over the mess we will clean it up. With these amazing sessions come many laughs and giggles. Let’s make some memories. Mom and daughter just couldn’t stop smiling and laughing either.