If you are looking for a Pasadena Photography Guide, we have some excellent suggestions for you! Indeed, whatever your interest or ability, Pasadena is certain to maximize your shots. This charming city is sure to spark your imagination and be your muse for some wonderful memories.
Whether you prefer gardens or urban settings, Pasadena has it all. Of course, some of the best places to shoot portraits can be found in Downtown Pasadena. In particular, interesting backdrops make for interesting pictures. Texture and lighting make for depth that will draw your eye to your subject.
Old Pasadena has beautiful eye-popping murals and lots of color. For example, look for Big Bang Theory Way, the Dalton Tile Wall, or the Dots Cupcake Mural. It is hard not to find a place that won’t draw your eye almost anywhere in Old Pasadena. Finally, don’t forget the iconic City Hall, it will put a stamp of California in your shot.
For beautiful botanical gardens as a backdrop, don’t forget the Huntington Gardens. Over 100 acres of plantlife from Chinese Gardens to Desert Gardens can be found!
For a more urban vibe, check out the Plaza Las Fuentes or One Colorado in downtown Pasadena. It may be called an alley, but there are surprises like box gardens and fountains for great portraits.
For those that love nature and find people hard to photograph, there are plenty of opportunities almost at your backdoor. There are several parks in Pasadena as well as close by for landscape photography. Also for macro photography, there are many botanical gardens nearby.
Angeles National Forest is only a few miles Northeast of Pasadena. When pictures of Pasadena are shown with mountains in the background, that is the San Gabriel Mountains. This was the first National Forest established in the United States and covers over 1600 square miles! It is hard not to be awed by the sheer size and beauty of this majestic park. https://www.visitpasadena.com/directory/angeles-national-forest/
Eaton Canyon is 190 acres with hiking trails in Pasadena proper. There are natural habitats galore for photography and it is teeming with native plants and wildlife. Hiking, as always, will get the best views and best photographic opportunities. https://www.visitpasadena.com/directory/eaton-canyon/
What is iconic about Pasadena? As mentioned before, City Hall. This building is unique because it is influenced by both Spanish & Italian styles of architecture. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is truly an amazing building. https://www.cityofpasadena.net/about-pasadena/city-hall/
The Colorado Street Bridge is also something that stands alone. This outstanding feature is listed as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. This is truly a beautiful bridge. https://www.visitpasadena.com/directory/colorado-street-bridge/
Last, but certainly not in any way least, is the Rose Bowl Stadium. The place where millions of people go or tune in to watch the game every New Year’s Day. This is something so typically Pasadena, you cannot think of one, without the other. http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/
So Much To Photograph…
And so little time. You can spend years just doing the city and parks and never get tired of this fascinating and ever-changing subject. Enjoy the beauty that is Southern California, and more specifically, one of the most beautiful cities in the area, Pasadena.
Looking for some activities to do with friends or family this weekend? Check out our post on the Huntington Library, Botanical Gardens, and Art Museum and our post on some family-friendly activities to consider! There’s something for everyone.
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