Great Photography Locations Around Portland, OR: Cooper Mountain Nature Park
Great Locations for Photo Sessions: Cooper Mountain Nature Park
Great locations to have your pictures taken are not hard to find. There are many beautiful places to have your photograph taken in every town you live in. It really doesn’t take much to create a beautiful environment, just look at the craft store photography challenge or the home building store challenge on Google. We however also feel that a beautiful place also conveys a sense of beauty in our clients and Cooper Mountain Nature Park is a great example of a location that will create amazing portraits. Located at 18895 SW Kemmer Rd, Beaverton, OR 97007 the park is run by Metro and is 231 acres in total.
With access from all sides of Washington County Oregon Cooper Mountain Nature Park is perched up high with a view to the south by way of a long clearing with natural grass and trees lining both sides. It has three distinct zones for photographers, open space, forest, and mixed space. If your placed in just the write place the building at the parking lot gives you a nice red barn accent to the background. From the upper parking lot you can even shot facing south with a broad vista.
We prefer to take the path down the hill then over to the meadow. This allows a photographer to shoot in three directions in morning or evening. During brighter parts of the day the forested and mixed areas are great. Subjects get treated to our casual posing style and we utilize the spaces to highlight and enhance their surroundings. It would be easy to get overwhelmed by nature and find that the subject is lost so take it easy with the background. Cooper Mountain has enough mixture of colors and textures to prevent this from being a problem.
By heading down the path and taking the left fork you moving into forest path with a nice grade, easy to pose and enough open space to group smaller families and children. If you go right you will re-emerge in the open space with a nice rise to the field away from the path. There is cover to the east with great foliage. The grass goes from greens to yellow to orange through the seasons. The tree bloom and pine trees are always beautiful. Children like to play in the grass and for those looking for a more playful look the grass gets deep enough to do shots lying down or on a blanket.
Overall the two drawbacks as a shooting location is that dogs are not allowed. And the vista view does not fall east and west meaning that you can’t get a sunrise or sunset shot with the vista. They are not big drawbacks but rather part of the uniqueness of the location. It is not trying to give a view of Mt Hood, which tends to drive most locations in the area. I think that as an overall location to have a session this one is great.
For more information on Cooper Mountain Nature Park go to http://www.thprd.org/parks-and-trails/detail/cooper-mountain-nature-park