Have you ever wondered where the best places to take photos in Kelowna are?
Well, I’ve got you covered! Here is a list of my top twenty-five photography locations for your next photoshoot. Whether you love more magical woodland backdrops or beautiful architecture or never-ending vineyards, there is something in this list for everyone.
These outdoor photoshoot locations are great for couples sessions; they are some of the best places for great solo portraits; these photography locations are also great for engagement photos and some are great for boudoir sessions; These are super cute places for family photos and good places to take great headshots; also, these are pretty places for a great maternity shoot.
A few tips and tricks before we dive in:
In order to make the most of your chosen landscape, be sure to go early in the morning and you will be more likely to have your beautiful photoshoot location all to yourself.
Don’t forget your water and snacks! Toilet paper too!
It is also a great idea to bring multiple wardrobe options to make sure you look and feel your best and don’t clash with any of the backdrops (especially for outdoor photoshoot locations). Also, bring any props you think you might need. That way, there won’t be anything holding you back from your best photoshoot yet.
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The trestles require a little more commitment as they are a forty-minute drive outside Kelowna, but they are obviously worth it. If you are willing to put in a little extra effort, you can capture perfect photos that all of Instagram will envy.
You’ve probably already heard of it because it’s one of the most popular hiking spots in Kelowna, most likely because it’s so gorgeous. There’s easy access (you can drive to the top) and it’s just off Ellis Street. Plus, it’s also dog-friendly for all you dog moms and dads out there! Easily one of Kelowna’s best places to take photos.
Twenty minutes south of downtown, lies the loveliest pebble beaches and serene waters at Bertram Park. It’s the perfect place for a picnic and a cute place for a photoshoot.
Boulders, Boulders and more boulders and a beautiful hiking trail too, for all you agile go-getters out there willing to do what it takes to get the best photos. The Boulderfields are approximately half an hour south of Kelowna and accessed through the Gillard Service Forest Road. Don’t miss this one of Kelowna’s best places to take photos!
Mission Creek showcases cute little turtle ponds and you’re likely to run into a heron or two. It’s near Springfield road, with easy to moderate hiking trails through the trees, according to Tourism Kelowna. The diversity in landscape makes this easily one of Kelowna’s best places to take photos.
Near South Kelowna there are beautiful natural springs, unfortunately Tourism Kelowna states that there’s no bathing in the springs but they are definitely worth a visit!
You can find the Bike Skills Park near Scenic canyon. If you walk the trail behind the bike park, you’ll find a riverbank with big bluffs and fallen logs, it’s often quite quiet too. The river, walking trails, and abundance of doggos help place this location on the list of Kelowna’s best places to take photos.
The falls are just outside of South Kelowna. Tourism Kelowna says it’s only a twenty minute hike to Crawford Falls and then another ten to Canyon Falls. A bit more of a difficult trek than the others but you’ll have a nice glow when you get to them 😊
You can find Mill Creek right in the Ellison area (near YLW). Tourism Kelowna says it’s mostly flat, so it’s an easy walk through the gorgeous black cottonwoods. Though on the verge of becoming Lake Country, this is one of Kelowna’s best places for photos.
This one technically isn’t in Kelowna, but it’s so pretty I just had to add it in. You won’t regret the journey to Oyama to snap a few picks with the beautiful fruit trees and grape arbour. You can pick up some fresh produce while you’re at it, and bonus, They have ice-cream too 😉
Just six minutes from downtown Kelowna and part of Knox mountain, Paul’s Family Tomb is a unique part of Kelowna’s history but one of the most scenic parts might be the beach at the bottom! A great all-year-round photography location.
Lavender farm? I think this one speaks for itself…Located in South Kelowna, these stunning lavender fields are the perfect backdrop. Ps: If you get nervous during shoots the sweet scent of the lavender will calm you down.
Father Pandosy Mission is a great spot, the historic buildings and manicured lawns make for a great photoshoot. Don’t forget your $2 donation!
If you’d like a more lively but cute photoshoot location, the Farmer’s market is a great choice(think of all the possible food props) Plus, it’s on Dilworth so it’s an easy one to get to
Looking for a more glamorous shoot with all the charm? The Boardwalk and Marina at the Eldorado might be for you then! Since it’s in the heart of downtown Kelowna it’s easily accessible too.
Cherries galore and less than ten kilometres from downtown. Go ahead and grab a bucket and pick some delicious cherries and capture some of the cutest pics.
The gorgeous Japanese gardens, koi fish and stone lanterns are wonderful, but it can get busy and lighting can be an issue so it can be a little trickier to get the perfect shot here.
Twenty minutes south of downtown, and according to Tourism Kelowna it’s only a five to ten-minute hike to the top for views of both Kelowna and Okanagan Lake.
Total Snow-White vibes thanks to all the varieties of trees and the cute little creek and its less than fifteen minutes form Okanagan College.
This is a popular wedding venue for a reason, the lush flower beds and gardens make this one of the best places for photos. Plus, there’s no hiking involved! And it’s just off Gordon so it’s easy to find.
Located Northeast of Oswell on 640 hectares of varied terrain (according to the Regional District of Central Okanagan), Black Mountain has stunning views of Kelowna and Okanagan Lake as well as Instagram-worthy grasslands.
A quick ten minute hike on a sweet trail makes this an easy option for everyone and the views are amazing! It’s also, near Oswell.
Coyote ridge is in North Glenmore. It’s a quick twenty minute hike filled with beautiful ponds and pretty grasslands, an awesome place to take photos.
Finally, we’re onto everyone’s’ favourites: Wineries! Any and all of the following options would be pretty places to take pictures.
The most gorgeous estate and winery would be the perfect engagement photoshoot location. Located in West Kelowna, near Quails Gate.
Cedar Creek is where it’s at. According to their website, they host concerts, yoga classes, BBQ classes, weddings, so it’s obviously a cute place to take photos, and of course the wine is fantastic too. You can find Cedar Creek in South Kelowna.
Another fabulous winery, Summerhill can be found in South Kelowna. Not only is their vineyard certified organic and biodynamic, but it’s completely stunning too.
Nestled on Lake Okanagan in South Kelowna, complete with a wonderful city view and extraordinary wine. Tantalus is a great choice for an extraordinary photoshoot.
You can find this family owned Winery in West Kelowna, less than fifteen minutes from the bridge. It’s absolutely gorgeous and worth a visit for sure.
With plenty of outdoor photo locations to choose from (I don’t know if you were counting but that was technically more than twenty-five), your next photoshoot is sure to be your best yet!
Looking for someone to photograph you at these beautiful locations? I’d love to join you! view my work here.