Tacoma urban family photo in black and white

Tacoma is chock full of great locations for outdoor portraits! Our hometown offers so many unique and beautiful backdrops for photography. Family portraits, engagement sessions, headshots - here are just a few of our favorites to consider for your next portrait session.

Wright Park

Wright Park in Tacoma, Men's portrait in black and white

An urban park that's centrally located, Wright Park offers mature trees, green grass and winding paths that make a great backdrop for portraits. We especially love the recently remodeled playground for some fun candid photos with kids. Head over to Shake, Shake, Shake after your portrait session to try their delicious Tiger Shake!

Downtown Tacoma

Women's headshot photography in downtown Tacoma, WA

Downtown Tacoma offers endless possibilities for urban portraits. There are fun pops of color everywhere mixed in with cool old buildings, street signs and unique landmarks. Our city offers a fantastic backdrop for everything from headshots to engagement photos to family portraits.

Bridge of Glass Area

Museum of Glass Cone and marina at sunset in Tacoma, WA

We love this unique urban location, especially for engagement photos. But maybe the best part is finishing your photo shoot just in time to catch the colors on Mount Rainier at sunset. It's absolutely stunning and the light never disappoints!

Fort Steilacoom

This park is incredible! We love the variety of backdrops for portraits at this location - old rustic barns, tall grasses, an oak prairie. Especially at sunset. It's pure magic!!!

Family portrait collage of kids at Fort Steilacoom in University Place, WA
Fort Steilacoom trees and path in University Place, WA

Tacoma Waterfront

Woman on the Waterfront Path at Owen Beach in Point Defiance, Tacoma, WA
Portrait of girls that are best friends in black and white 

An absolute favorite! The Tacoma waterfront makes a great setting for portraits at any time of day, whether the sun is out or it's gray. We love the Old Town Dock and the adjacent sandy beaches, as well as the walking trail and driftwood along the waterfront at Owen Beach - which is part of another fantastic location...

Point Defiance

Family portrait in the forest near the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest

Owen Beach is just one fantastic spot at this incredible park. Truly one of the most beautiful parks in the Pacific Northwest, Point Defiance has it all. We absolutely love the rose garden and the miles of trails through old growth forest, which make for a beautiful, authentic Northwest setting for your photos.

We at 2 Cedars Photography carefully plan so our clients feel prepared and assured their outdoor portraits turn out great. But we also offer in-studio portraits and indoor portraits on-location throughout the year when the weather is less than optimal!

Black and white formal portrait of sisters in flower crowns

Our outdoor portrait sessions start at $200. Be sure to check out our video about portrait photography to learn more. 


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