Best Photo Shoot Locations in Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon Location Guide

Everything you need to know about The Best Locations Near Bend for your Portrait Session

Bend sits nestled between the peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the High Desert. An outdoor enthusiast’s playground, with lakes, endless trails, and rivers to float or fish, it’s located at the center of Oregon. With Mt. Bachelor ski resort a 30 minute drive from town and the Deschutes River running right though downtown, Bend is surrounded by nature.

Bend is a town of about 100,000 people and has so much to offer. One of the top industries in Bend is tourism which means it may be the perfect place for your family reunion or summer vacation which may include a family portrait session. Other leading industries include the medical field, technology or startups, all industries that can utilize a up-to-date professional headshot.

The beauty of Bend makes it easy to plan any type of photo session outdoors. Here are my favorite, easy to access outdoor locations ideal for a photo session.

Young business professional headshot in nature.

Portrait Locations in Bend, Oregon

Woman modeling at Drake Park during winter.

Drake Park

Located in the heart of Bend, Oregon, this iconic park is a popular outdoor gathering space which offers a great backdrop for photos. Riverfront views along the Deschutes River, open shade throughout the many large trees, and a favorite location for fall color.

Drake Park Website
Address: 777 NW Riverside Blvd, Bend, OR 97701

Rockridge Park

Located in NE Bend this park is great for families with a nature play area, “log forest”, skatepark and great open space area with the high desert terrain (juniper trees, golden grasses and shrubs).

Rockridge Website
Address: 20885 Egypt Dr, Bend, OR 97701

Sawyer Park

Located on the north side of Bend, I consider this community park an underrated gem. The park runs along both sides of the Deschutes River and features large rock walls, interesting rock features by the river, large trees, paved and unpaved paths and a foot bridge across the river. It’s a great spot for outdoor headshots, personal branding and senior sessions.

Sawyer Park Website
Address: 62999 O. B. Riley Rd, Bend, OR 97701

Skyliners Lodge

Along the road to Tumalo Falls, Skyliner Lodge is a quiet space day use area; intended for conservation, outdoor and natural resource education.

Skyliner Website
Address: 16125 Skyliners Rd, Bend, OR 97701

Woman headshots at Shevlin Park.

Shevlin Park

A local favorite. Highly popular for a reason. Shevlin Park is easily accessible within minutes from downtown Bend. The park has acres of trails, a foot bridge, old trees, sage brush, and a rambling creek that runs through it. A great choice for headshots or family sessions.

Shevlin Park Website
Address: 18920 NW Shevlin Park Rd, Bend, OR 97701

Portrait Locations Near Bend

Smith Rock

An iconic state park to the north of Bend. Smith Rock State Park is a climbers paradise, offers hiking trails throughout the rocky river canyons. The park has camping, day use areas and an amphitheater which can be rented for intimate weddings. You can’t go wrong with planning a photo shoot at Smith Rock.

Smith Rock Website
Address: Terrebonne, Oregon

Mt. Bachelor

With Mt. Bachelor ski resort a 30 minute drive from town and the Deschutes River running right though downtown, Bend is surrounded by nature.

Mt. Bachelor Website
Address: Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway, Bend, OR 97703

Sparks Lake

With Mt. Bachelor ski resort a 30 minute drive from town and the Deschutes River running right though downtown, Bend is surrounded by nature.

Sparks Lake Website
Address: Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway, Bend, OR 97703

Sisters, Oregon

With Mt. Bachelor ski resort a 30 minute drive from town and the Deschutes River running right though downtown, Bend is surrounded by nature.

Location Website
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Sunriver, Oregon

Sunriver, Oregon is a popular destination resort for weddings, family vacations and staycations alike. You’ll feel like you’re miles away from any city but Sunriver is a short drive from Bend (20 minutes) and not much further to the Redmond Airport (40 minutes).

Sunriver provides access to unbeatable outdoor recreation through horseback riding, golfing, bike riding and it’s close proximity to Mt. Bachelor ski resort.

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