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Family Photography Mesa AZ | Favorite Desert Location, Gilbert Riparian Preserve

Families

Yes, we live in the desert.

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There is no ocean for beautiful beach photos, no lush green woods, and it’s basically too hot to even think about outdoor photo sessions in the summer. But don’t be discouraged about living in the desert; it definitely has it’s own beauty.

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Here in the East Valley there is a desert location that I absolutely love, and if you haven’t been there you are missing out! It’s the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, and it’s not only a fantastic location for photos, it is a great place to take your family for an outing.

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There are 7 different basins (pond/lake type things), a cactus garden, a cool bridge, fishing, play areas for the kids, a dinosaur digging spot, tons of wildlife (rabbits everywhere and it’s a bird watcher’s paradise), and there are places where the trees grow over the path making for a gorgeous backdrop. Oh-it’s also a totally hot Pokemon Go place, if you’re into that. 🙂

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Why is this one of my TOP favorite desert locations for photos?

  • You can get SO many different backdrops in one location.
  • There is lots of glorious shade.
  • It showcases how beautiful the desert can be.
  • Even if it is full of people and photographers, there is plenty of room for everyone.
  • It’s easily accessible from the freeway.

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family photography mesa az, sally whetten photography, phoenix family photographer, gilbert riparian preserve, favorite desert locations for photos

There you have it! Have you been to the Gilbert Riparian Preserve? Let me know what you think of it!

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family photography mesa az, sally whetten photography, phoenix family photographer, gilbert riparian preserve, favorite desert locations for photos

If you need Family Photography Mesa AZ, please contact me. I would love to hear from you!

  1. Alli says:

    Beautiful!!!

  2. Beautiful location, beautiful photos!

  3. I love the desert! There’s something about all the neutral colors that I really enjoy seeing in photos. This looks like an awesome place for a photo session <3

    • sallywhettenphoto@gmail.com says:

      I have learned to love it, too. I love hearing from others who think it’s beautiful! 🙂

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