Family playing near cannon beach during photos

Cannon Beach Family Photos Location: Better Than Haystack Rock

Planning Family or Couples Photos Near Cannon Beach? Here’s a Gorgeous Location Option!

When planning family photos down near Cannon Beach, everyone’s first instinct is to go to Haystack Rock. But I am here to tell you that there is another option that is way better! 

Rather than dealing with all of the crowds at the popular section of Cannon beach (seriously, is that a relaxing experience?), how about the much more relaxed vibe of Ecola State Park? It has everything you could ever need! 

family hugging near cannon beach oregon

Why I love Ecola State Park so much more than Haystack Rock

One of my favorite views on the Oregon coast is right by the main parking lot at Ecola State Park! There’s an amazing spot with Haystack Rock in the background.

view from ecola state park of cannon beach

A big bonus about this location is the large mountains to help partially block the sun so you don’t have such harsh light. This is especially great when the sun is still a little higher in the sky. 

The beach area has plenty of logs to sit or climb on!

Little boy climbing a log on the beach while sister watches - family photos at ecola state park

This location has lots of nooks and crannies to explore.

Kids laughing at Indian Beach in Ecola State Park

I especially love when the driftwood has been made into little huts!

Family sitting beside a driftwood hut near Cannon Beach Oregon

The famous Goonies rock lives here. It’s the triangle-shaped one with a hole in the middle.

Family playing at indian beach with the goonies rock in the background

Another cool feature is the lighthouse on a rock off in the distance called Tillamook Rock Lighthouse (it’s in the top middle of the below photo)

Family running from the waves with tillamook rock lighthouse behind them at sunset

And lastly, Ecola State Park has a beautiful section of beach that is typically pretty empty, so you don’t have to fight for that one perfect spot. Because when you go to Haystack Rock and the sun is out, there are basically two spots that everyone wants to be and you have to share them. That’s not my idea of a relaxing and chill family photography experience. I like the quieter vibe of Ecola State Park much better, plus it has a lot more variety in backdrops.

Cannon Beach family photos - Mom and son in the waves

Have I convinced you to try out this new spot for your Cannon Beach family photos?

Ecola State Park is so much more chill than Haystack Rock, and it has much more variety. So when you’re deciding where to get your Cannon Beach family or couples photos, consider this location. And let your photographer (hopefully that’s me!) know this is where you’d like to go.

Mom looking for shells while kids play around her on the beach at ecola state park
Mom kissing son's shoulder during family photos at Cannon Beach
Family splashing in the ocean waves near cannon beach

Mom’s dress from Free People, boy’s overalls from Zara, and girl’s shirt and skirt from Joyfolie. (The Joyfolie link is my affiliate link, so if you do buy something after clicking it, I will earn some coffee money that I will probably enjoy while thinking up more helpful blogs for you!)


I’m also in a blog circle this month with some other photographers, and I’d love to invite you to check out my friend Robyn’s blog post. It’s about how photos are family heirlooms, and I definitely agree! You can check it out here: Premiere San Diego Family Photographer.


Ready to book your photo session near Cannon Beach?

Family and couples photos in Cannon Beach are some of my favorites and I’d love to be your photographer! Not only will your photos be gorgeous, but I’ll also help you select outfits that will photograph amazingly, and I can even bring you clothing from my client closet so you don’t have to shop at all! Find out more about Oregon Coast photo sessions here.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *