The Top 5 Locations In Tampa For Photography Sessions | Alison Winterroth Photography

July 28, 2014

So you’re looking for a great spot to take those family pictures- a backdrop to compliment your family’s personality.  A lot of things can affect a portrait session, the photographer being probably the most important. If you pick well, they will know how to help you choose your outfits, use the light to their advantage and the location to enhance your photographs.  A style of  location can make such a big difference for your family portraits and can set the mood for the whole session.  Lets go over some of the options, shall we?

1)  University of Tampa

UT is the best of both worlds- a little bit urban, a little natural. It is perfect for a good variety in your family photography session, not to mention it is iconic in the architecture of Tampa! It is such an instantly recognizable and beautiful spot!

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2) Curtis Hixon Park

If you want great views of Tampa, the river and University of Tampa all in one place, Curtis Hixon Park is the place to go! They have great open spaces, mosaics from the Glazer Children’s Museum and city views. Just be careful because this tends to be a busy place especially on the weekends. I have witnessed sunset yoga, a wedding reception and an impromptu soccer game going on all at the same time!

Toddler posing at a portrait sesstion at the Glazer Children's MosaicFamily at a maternity session in front of the Art Museum at Curtis Hixon Park.Silhouette of a father and his daughter in front of the University of Tampa in Curtis Hixon Park.

3) Natural Light Studio Session

This might be my favorite place to photograph families. The studio where I photograph newborn, family and maternity sessions has a bed and furniture, so it looks just like a home without the stress of having to actually shoot in your home. You don’t have to worry about cleaning up, keeping your sheets white or even have the perfect décor. It has the added benefit of allowing the session to really focus on you and your family since the space is very neutral- you also don’t have to match your outfits to your red walled bedroom. Easy peasy!

Want to see a full session in the studio? Check out this newborn session at my Westshore Studio.

www.alisonwinterroth.comNewborn baby on a bed in a natural light studio in Tampa Fl. Natural Maternity session in Weshore photography studio. Mother and daughter on the floor kissing. Family snuggling on a bed in Alison Winterroth's natural light studio in Tampa Bay FL

4) Beaches

Of course, Florida is the land of beaches and they are a gorgeous place to have your session. If you do it right there can be a lot of variety in a beach session. My personal favorite beaches for interesting photographic variety are Picnic Island and Fort Desoto. If you find the right place, you can have greenery, sea oats and water all in the same session. It makes for gorgeous images! All of the following photographs were taken within 1 hour at Picnic Island.

Family photography session at at Picnic Island.www.alisonwinterroth.comOne year old family session in Tampa FloridaTampa beach photography session for baby's 1st birthday. Tampa Bay photographer Alison Winterroth photographs a family in Ft Desoto Beach

5) Secret Location

These are fun! All photographers enjoy finding those locations that make them unique and interesting. I’m not going to tell you where mine are, but I am sure whoever you choose will have some special places as well.  Here are some images from my favorite secret locations of all time! Want to see some more sessions from my favorite locations? Here is a maternity session in a beautiful grassy field and a session with two adorable children in this pretty field.

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Also, let me say that these are all my opinion! I have shot at a lot of places in the Tampa Bay area, and this is by no means an all inclusive list. Part of the fun of a session is picking a place that has meaning to you, so be creative and feel free to add your input to your photographer! Good luck with your fall sessions and happy location scouting! Tampa Bay is a beautiful area with a ton of variety.

If you are interested in booking a session with me, contact me at 813.335.7393 or

I look forward to picking the best special place to photograph your family!


I have searched all over for a natural light studio and I can’t find it in Tampa or atleast when I search?. Address by chance?

Hi Britni!
I have a natural light studio! You are welcome to email me at if you are interested in a session!

I was looking for some places to take pics this weekend with my sisters. Thanks for the good info. I hadn’t thought about going to UT, but that’s a great spot. Thanks!! :]