How to Have Amazing Adventure Family Photos near Portland

Adventure Family Photos within 2 hours of Portland, Oregon

What’s even better than having a fun family photo experience? Making it an adventure! I have been photographing families all over Northern Oregon, from the Columbia River Gorge to the Oregon Coast. Adventure family photos near Portland are typically everyone’s favorite sessions because of the backdrop and just the adventure element that they add to your photos. 

Would your kids be more excited about a photo session at a local park or at a really cool location that they’ve never been to before with lots of scenic areas to discover, rocks to collect, and logs to climb on? I’m going to take a guess and say the answer is the second one. 

But rather than driving to your photo session location, doing the session, and driving home… what if you made it a whole experience?

family walking in the columbia river gorge near portland oregon

Day Trip Ideas for Your Adventure Family Photos near Portland

If you’re not going far from Portland, you can spend the day doing something fun with your family before you get your family photos taken. Having fun together doing something interesting will create new memories that you’ll always remember when you look at at the photos from that day. 

Stop at different places along the drive, explore the nearest town, go out to eat at a nearby restaurant before the session so everyone has full bellies, sing songs in the car and make it a fun experience for everyone!

It doesn’t even need to be the entire day. If you’re afraid of tiring out the kids, just pack a picnic dinner and get to the location early. Have a fun family picnic together on a blanket and relax a bit. Don’t forget to bring face wipes and tooth brushes!

No matter what you decide to do first, make sure to bring your photo session clothing along in the car and get dressed after you eat! Let me know if you need me to come a few minutes early with my changing tent to make getting dressed easier. 

maternity adventure family photos in the columbia river gorge

Staying the Night after your Adventure Photo Session

Take it a step further and book an overnight stay somewhere close to your photo session location. Use this as an excuse to take a mini family vacation!

I love this option because then you don’t have to drive home afterwards in the dark. Also, if your kids don’t do amazing on long car rides, you can get to the hotel early and have some downtime before heading to your adventure session. 

Check VRBO, Airbnb, or just google hotels in the area and select your dates in the search results. I’ve found great places to stay using all those methods. 

Mom and her two daughters walking past haystack rock in Cannon Beach

How to Book Your Family Adventure Session

If you’re flexible about the date or location, message me and ask where I’m already going this year. If you’re looking for a specific date/spot, fill out the form on my contact page and I’ll get back to you ASAP. I have locations that I love to use but am always open to new destinations! I will give you a quote based on the location so be sure to let me know where you’re wanting to adventure to!

family dancing in the sunset during adventure family photos

Where to Have your Adventure Photos Taken

My current favorite locations for adventure family photos near Portland are Cannon Beach, Pacific City, Cascade Locks, and Rowena Crest. But I’ve got a bucket list of places I’d like to go which include Smith Rock, Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier, and Palouse Falls. If there’s somewhere in particular you’d like to go, send me a message and we will plan something amazing!

Couple hugging and laughing while their daughters hug and laugh too at sunset in Cannon Beach
adventure photos near Portland of pregnant woman in the columbia river gorge
Oregon Coast Adventure Photographer - Family walking on the beach with Cape Kiwanda behind them
Mom holding her baby in the air like an airplane with haystack rock behind them during adventure family photos
Husband cuddling pregnant wife in Cascade Locks near portland
Family walking together with mountains in the columbia river gorge

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