Ultimate Jacksonville Photography Spots Guide 2022

Our top 17 Photography Locations

Jacksonville, FL & Surrounding Areas

With address locations, pictures, information and more.

Jacksonville is a unique city with plenty of photography locations

Jacksonville offers beaches, urban areas, rich forests, year round summer feel, and many unique areas to capture spectacular photos. Below is your complete Jacksonville, FL photography locations guide. Carolennys Studios has featured these locations as they are perfect for engagement photography sessions, Couples, Maternity, Quinceañera and lifestyle sessions. Below we carefully selected our top 17 spots in Jacksonville and surrounding areas to capture some of the best photography.

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#1 Treaty Oak Park

Treaty Oak park is situated in downtown Jacksonville within a small park. The main feature of this location is the a magnificent 200 year old oak tree. There are so many angles to capture with this tree that anywhere in the park can provide a great spot to capture a great photo. There is a nice wooden walkway which provides ease of walking around and adds a nice touch of the urban feel in this tranquil place. There is a lot of history around how the park was created including its beginning's of being part of an amusement park (Click for history info). Since the park is centrally located, it offers a wide range of photography options. The organic feel this makes this one of our top choices in Jacksonville for a photography session.

Location Hours

No location hours

Best time 1 hr before sunset/sunrise

Parking & Access

Parking is located very close by and within a minute walk to the beach.

ADDITIONAL FEES

No additional Fees


Living in Jacksonville, you are located within minutes from a beach, which is nature's most glorious backdrop. It offers a location that can be captured nearly anytime of the day. What more is there to say other than the beach, the vast views, and the fresh air. The constant beach breeze is perfect for creating motion, such as a long flowy dress that can be the dramatic focal point of any shot. Keep this in mind, also, as longer hair will flow effortlessly whether welcomed or unwelcomed, in the wind. If you are not afraid to get a little wet this may be another wonderful element to use in your images. The pier can add an additional focal point to the photography as well as a shaded area if the sun is too harsh (click for more info). The Jacksonville Beach and Pier is a great location for all photography sessions with plenty of space to work with, and this is why this location is top notch.

Location Hours

No location hours

Best time 1 hr before sunset/sunrise

Parking & Access

Parking is located very close by and within a minute walk to the beach.

ADDITIONAL FEES

No additional Fees


St. Augustine is located about 45 minutes from Jacksonville, FL and is a small quaint picturesque location. It is the oldest town in the United States of America established in 1565, with plenty of the colonial and Spanish charm. At every turn there are small nooks and crannies that offer elegant opportunities to take great photographs. Take some time and enjoy the city after the photography session, there are plenty of restaurants, and can provide a nice romantic environment. Best time is to be within the city at sunset before the light posts come on, which provides a good mood to the overall place. With this much charm in a small place it is why it is top of our list (click for fort info). There is plenty of room by the fort, which makes it great for any photography session type, and the nearby city offers the romantic vibe we all want.

Location Hours

No location hours

Best time 1 hr before sunset/sunrise

Parking & Access

Parking is located very close by via hourly pay, however it is usually full. There is a nearby parking garage within a 5 minute walk it costs $15. Parking garage address: 1 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

ADDITIONAL FEES

no fee for outside park

Photographer additional fee $30


This is one of northern Florida's most unique attractions and it is conveniently located about 45 minutes north of Jacksonville. At Boneyard Beach, the trees are slowly falling off a small cliff into the ocean and becoming petrified along this journey (click for more info). The result leaves these beautiful trees scattered long the beach that can be used to sit, stand and climb on top. Dramatic photography can be captured here with the elegant trees and ocean breeze. Long dresses while standing on one of the fallen trees can flow unobstructed to help create unique composition. With this calm tranquil place good for all types of photography sessions.

Location Hours

8 A.M. to Sundown.

Best time 1 hr before sunset/sunrise

EXACT ADDRESS

GG2X+M7 Atlantic Beach, Florida

Buccaneer Trail must walk sand path to beach takes 10 - 15 minutes

Parking & Access

Parking is located near the street it does cost $3 to park. Be prepared to take a 10-15 minute hike to the beach.

ADDITIONAL FEES

no additional fee other than parking

Photographer additional fee $30


Friendship Fountain park is located in the heart of Downtown, offers expansive views of the city and the main bridge to Jacksonville, FL. The riverfront provides a great backdrop of the downtown, and a few steps away is a large fountain with plenty of seating areas. With so much versatility, the many photography spots in this area makes it a photographer's dream. (click for more info). Most of the area is paved and easy to walk around, and provides a very urban feel with natural elements. Being conveniently located and offering all these features which is good for all types of photography sessions.

Location Hours

No location hours

Best time 1 hr before sunset/sunrise

Parking & Access

Parking is located near the park in front of the river city brewing company.

ADDITIONAL FEES

no additional fees

Family at Friendship fountain downtown Jacksonville, FL

#6 Cummer Museum & Gardens

The gardens offer exceptional manicured Italian style gardens creating fantastic photos that can't be replicated anywhere in the city (click for more info on location)

Location Hours

Monday - Close

Wed, Thurs & Sat : 11 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Tues & Fri: 11 A.M. to 9 P.M.

Sun: 12 P.M. to 4 P.M.

Parking & Access

Parking is located across the street

ADDITIONAL FEES

Admission fee based on entry cost. Photographer admission fee


Washington Oaks State Park offers picturesque gardens and trees with a completely manicured layout giving opportunity for some great photography moments (click for more info on park). Located roughly 1 hour from Jacksonville, FL this location will not disappoint! At every turn there is a new spot perfect for a pictures within the gardens. At the center of the garden there is a large tree surrounded by a smaller garden shrubs offering a nearly fully greenery scene which can produce very dramatic photography. Just across the way, on the beach there is a truly picturesque area with large rocks along the edge of the water, where waves and the sky meet. At high tide these can make for incredible shots if timed with the sunrise/sunset and the tides. While the beach and the park are not the same location, they are across the street from each other, within less than 5 minutes, and can be worked together into an extended photography session is needed for this. It is a great way to capture both beach and garden scenes. This location is great for any type of photography session.

Location Hours

8 A.M. to Sundown.

Best time 1 hr before sunset/sunrise

Parking & Access

Parking is located within the state park

If doing beach option plan on 5 minute drive to the River to Sea Preserve

ADDITIONAL FEES

A $5 per car to enter the state park

Photographer additional fee $50

washington oaks gardens couple in gazebo

#8 Camp Milton


Camp Milton is a great spot for a photo session nearby Jacksonville. It is a historic preserve of a civil war campground, with a nice barn, trails and fields to roam around. The great part is you don't have to turn far to grab a nice unique picture here and plenty of room to roam around while doing it. There are nice special spots that can capture various views depending on angles. The large fields allow for large groups and vast scenery to be created here.

Location

Dawn to Dusk

Best time 1 hr before sunset/sunrise

Parking & Access

Parking is located on site and small paved trail to photo areas

ADDITIONAL FEES

no additional fees

Camp Milton barn with wooden fence

#9 Balis park San Marco


Balis Park is located in San Marco area of Jacksonville, FL. This central location in the heart of San Marco offers a small gazebo structure and fountains along with lion statues. Being centrally located in front San Marco commercial district offers great opportunity to enjoy great food and a good photography opportunity within a stones throw (click for more information). This park is great for more traditional photography sessions in a small park easy to access.

Location Hours

No location hours

Best time 1 hr before sunset/sunrise

Parking & Access

Parking is located all around the park, it can be tricky to find a spot.

ADDITIONAL FEES

no additional fees


#10 Memorial Park

Memorial Park is located in riverside area of Jacksonville FL close to downtown. The park faces the water with large statue and fountain in the center and charming waters edge (click for more info). There are nice trees surrounding the circular walkway around the park and nice sitting spots that are great for capturing couples and families sittings. Situated right on the St. Johns, with plenty of photography spots in front of the water makes this a great place for photography. Nearby are great restaurants and local shops all within walking distance. For all these reasons we ranked memorial park on our photography list.

Location Hours

6 A.M. to 10 P.M.

Best time 1 hr before sunset/sunrise

Parking & Access

Parking is located next to and nearby the park. Spots will be challenging to find in evening times.

ADDITIONAL FEES

no additional fees


#11 Bridge of Lions

Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine is a central location to capture the beauty of the bridge along with the nearby park and city. Right along side this location is a beautiful marina and nice garden paths and benches. There is a nearby plaza with a large gazebo to take great photographs. Everywhere you turn will be something capturing your eye that you will want to be in the photo. The river offers great views and has colonial charm on the posts long the rivers edge. This spot is great for couples as navigating from one location to the other requires crossing busy streets. Many things within a 2-3 minute walk to this area, which is why we make this our best photography spot list.

Location Hours

No location hours

Best time 1 hr before sunset/sunrise

Parking & Access

Parking is located very close by via hourly pay, however it is usually full. There is a nearby parking garage within a 15 minute walk it costs $15. Parking garage address: 1 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

ADDITIONAL FEES

no fee for outside park

Photographer additional fee $30

Lions Gate Bridge St Augustine FL Couple posing

Walter Jones Historic park offers plenty of unique elements of a public park.(click for more info). This park offers a rustic barn which is an incredible background for a simple photo session, a large family or romantic engagement. There is a long trail that leads to the water with a long dock over the St Johns river that offers a westward view of the sunsets each evening, which is perfect for beautiful skies in your photography. Within the park there is a traditional house with a beautiful balcony and stairs that can make for great pictures. Further within the park there is a large metal swing close to the river where couples can enjoy a moment together. This place offers so much it has to be on our list of top places for photography in Jacksonville.

Location Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

EXACT ADDRESS

11964 Mandarin Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32223

Parking & Access

Parking is located at the front of the park and there is a small trail that leads to the park and the water

ADDITIONAL FEES

no additional fees

barn Engagement photography, couple holding hands in front of rustic barn

Alpine Grove park offer another picturesque location for rustic charm. This spot features a beautiful red barn, a garden, a large span of greenery and trees, plus a serene extended dock, which is a great spot for sunset pictures.

Location Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

EXACT ADDRESS

2060 FL-13, Switzerland, FL 32259

Parking & Access

Parking is located at the front of the park and there is a small trail that leads to the park and the water

ADDITIONAL FEES

no additional fees


Amazing Grace Family Farms has a seasonal themes from fall with their pumpkin patches to spring with their wonderful sunflower fields (click for more info). The farm offers a unique place with plenty of rustic elements and activities to do with the family. This is not a year round location so ensuring they are open through their website or contact us for upcoming dates we are planning to be there.

Location Hours

seasonal and hours vary

contact us or check their website

EXACT ADDRESS

2899 Wisteria Farm Rd, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

Parking & Access

Parking is located at the front of the park and there is a small trail that leads to the park and the water

ADDITIONAL FEES

Fees vary by season and event Contact us

Photographer additional fee of $50

Rustic truck with family in sunflower field florida photography

#15 Blackrock Beach

Blackrock beach is nestled behind a small path carved in the forest leading to the beach. The path does take a bit to walk roughly 10-15 minutes until you reach the beach, it is a dirt & sand path with trees canopied overhead. Once at the beach there are rocks right there to your right where depending on tide can walk out very far to capture amazing photos. Be safe the rocks can be slippery and when the tide rises they can be under water so planning is important. If timed well this location can offer incredible photo opportunities for any occasion.

Location Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

EXACT ADDRESS

FHR5+95 Northside, Jacksonville, FL

Parking & Access

Parking is located at the front of the park it costs $3 and there is a small trail that leads to the beach plan on a good 10 minute walk

ADDITIONAL FEES

no additional fee other than parking

Photographer additional fee $30

Blackrock beach Florida sunset couple holding each other with moon in sky

#16 Mom's Park

Mom's park is a small charming park located in riverside offering spectacular photo opportunities everywhere you turn.

Location Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

EXACT ADDRESS

2941 St Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205

Parking & Access

Parking is located at the front of the park and there is a small trail that leads to the park and the water

ADDITIONAL FEES

no additional fees


#17 Reddie Point Preserve

Reddie Point Preserve offers a long 700 ft dock along with a large wildlife area, long dirt trails and riverfront access. This park offers calm serenity with small amenities all around making them great for photo session of any kind, additional info (Click for more info on preserve). The long dock offers unique perspective photography, it has cross paths on the dock to capture angled shots, as well as a large sitting area at the end of the dock overlooking the St. Johns River. There is a large area at the end of the dock with benches and an unobstructed view in the east and west directions providing it a perfect spot for sunset photography. Nearby there are nature trails that connect the 2 parks in a natural canopy of trees. This is why Reddie Point Preserve spot is on our list for great photography spots in Jacksonville.

Location Hours

6:30 A.M. to 8:30 PM

Best time 1 hr before sunset/sunrise

Parking & Access

Parking is located in the back close to the river follow the winding road to the end.

ADDITIONAL FEES

no additional fees



Premium Photography Locations

Premium locations require special permission and fees to photograph in their locations

JACKSONVILLE ARBORETUM & GARDENS

The gardens offer nice trails and nice gazebo for great looking photos and plenty of wildlife in the area (click for more info on location)

Location Hours

Monday - Thursday 8 A.M. to 7 P.M.

Friday - Sunday 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Parking & Access

Parking is located at the address

ADDITIONAL FEES

Location requires minimum 2 weeks in advance notice, to request special permission and requires a $60 fee to photograph in the gardens

Jacksonville zoo and Gardens

The gardens in the back of the zoo offer a Asian Bamboo garden and various other garden areas in the zoo. (click for more info on location)

Location Hours

Monday - Thursday 8 A.M. to 7 P.M.

Friday - Sunday 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Parking & Access

Parking is located at the address

ADDITIONAL FEES

Depending on photo session we must contact zoo for pricing on each specific photoshoot.

Castle Otttis

Historic landmark offers beautiful, rustic & majestic castle for an unique environment that results in epic photos. This location is great for weddings, engagements, quinceañeras, and more. (click for more info on location)

Location Hours

Private Property, per appointment only.

EXACT ADDRESS

103 3rd St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Parking & Access

Private Parking is located at the address

ADDITIONAL FEES

$100 per hour rental

Photographer additional fee $30


Other Notable Mentions of great photography spots


Cork Arts District


Description: Warehouse area with plenty of murals and art work. (More info)

Location: 2689 Rosselle St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Hemming Plaza


Description: Downtown Jacksonville park with fountains and statues. (More Info)

Location: 135 W Monroe St, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Dames Point Bridge Pier

Description: Located right under the iconic bridge is a park (More Info)

Location: 9051 Dames Point Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32226

Blue Cypress Park


Description: Nature Trails and a dock with a covered sitting area (More Info).

Location: 4112 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32277

Dames Point Bridge Park Jacksonville, FL