Wondering where to do your portraits? There are many great locations in the Tampa, St Petersburg, and Clearwater areas!

A good starting point is to ask yourself if you want beach, park, or city/urban.  Listed below are some of my favorites in each of those categories.  Happy browsing!



Ft DeSoto Beach Park

ADDRESS: 3500 Pinellas BayWay S Tierra Verde, FL 33715
INFO: I usually start by the fort which has fantastic light and provides an interesting textured background.  There’s also a tall stair case, a great rock jetty, beautiful sea grasses, and even some old fort ruins in the water.  Lots of uniqueness and great variety!  A few sessions from there: https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=9515https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=6609, and https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=4931.
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Sand Key Beach Park

ADDRESS: 1060 Gulf Blvd. Clearwater, FL 33767
INFO: This location is just south of the very popular Clearwater Beach, but is much less crowded.  It has a great rock jetty, iconic red lifeguard station, sea grasses, and great sand.  Here are a few sessions from Sand Key: https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=3995https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=2845, and https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=2690.

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Madeira Beach

ADDRESS: Various
INFO:  From Indian Rocks to St Pete Beach there are beautiful beaches. There’s a wooden pier near Madeira Beach but often the best location may be whichever is most conveniently located to where you may be staying.
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Cypress Point Park Beach

ADDRESS: 5620 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607

INFO: This beach is in Tampa so it’s a great option for Tampa residents who don’t want to drive far to a beach.  There are nice pathways, rocks retaining wall, unique trees, and great views of Tampa Bay.  https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=9891. This spot is especially beautiful at sunrise!!!  Safety Harbor Photographer

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Honeymoon Island

ADDRESS: #1 Causeway Blvd. Dunedin, FL 34698

INFO: Beautiful state park in the more northern area of Pinellas county.  It has great rock jetty, swings, sea grasses, and natural trails. https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=3090

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Downtown Safety Harbor

ADDRESS: Across from Fly Bar Restaurant

INFO: Beautiful sailboats, a fountain, greenery and a small “beach” with ocean views are all options. It’s a little mix of nautical and park. Really adorable spot and conveniently located!



Philippe Park, Safety Harbor

ADDRESS: 2525 Philippe Pkwy., Safety Harbor, FL 34695
INFO: Canopy of trees, beautiful pathways, tree with Bay views.

Largo Botanical Gardens 

ADDRESS: 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774
INFO: Beautiful location with a lot of variety including bridges, ponds, fountain, vine-covered wall, and rose bushes.  See more from this location: https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=7430 and https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=3060.

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Swann Circle Park

ADDRESS: 4428 W Swann Ave S Tampa, FL – South Tampa
INFO: This location is beautiful in the late afternoon. The big mossy oak trees and palms with the sun shining through make for a beautiful backdrop. It’s a simple location but a great option if you don’t want kids to be too distracted and if you don’t want much walking.


ADDRESS: 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606
INFO:  This location has so much diversity!  Fields and hedges, a mix of urban with brick-lined streets and interesting architecture of old buildings, and it’s on Hillsborough River so clients can actually get a mix of all genres – urban, park, and water.

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Curtis Hixon Park

ADDRESS: 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

INFO: This has a little bit of everything – park, waterfront, cityscape, and neutral background.  I love the light around the Tampa Museum of Art.  The exterior of the building is a blue/white glass that is a perfect, blank background.  There’s a large field with great hedges which allow for a park-like setting.  Ashley street is also very close and some clients love the street pictures.  Tampa Theatre is also withing walking distance, and the Hillsborough River.  There’s also fountains, alleyways, brick walls, brick-lined streets, and the old courthouse in the area. The options are endless and no two sessions look the same at this location.  See more: https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=9535https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=6818, and https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=2736.

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YBOR City  

INFO: Historic neighborhood in Tampa located just northeast of downtown.  Full of brick walls, graffiti walls, vine-covered walls, and historic buildings.  See more: https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=2587 and https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=2571.
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Downtown St Pete

ADDRESS: 250 Bay Shore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
INFO: Large Banyan trees, views of the bay, beautiful columns at the Museum of Fine Arts, alleyways, bricks, murals, pier, and more. There are so many options! https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=2929
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USF Campus

ADDRESS: 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620
INFO: Beautiful college campus in Tampa featuring pergolas, fields, flowers, and gnarly trees.  See a session: https://thatsaprettypicture.com/?p=10375.

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Choose your own spot!

Some clients have me meet them at spots that are special to them – their homes, their backyards, or a favorite park.  I love to go to new places so please feel free to suggest some place new.  These are all spots the clients suggested and were unique to them:

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If you’d like to book a session feel free to contact me at alicia@thatsaprettypicture.com or through our contact form.


Serving Tampa, Clearwater, ST Petersburg, FLPhone: (727) 637-4238Alicia@aliciajohnsonphotography.com

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