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Top 5 photoshoot tips at Garden of The Gods in Colorado Springs

One of my favorite places here in Colorado Springs has to be Garden of The Gods.

This is a beautiful park, with Pikes Peak in its background sitting at 14,115′. It’s a free park, which means it’s open to the public. You won’t be paying any entrance fee or parking fees!


In your GPS, use the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center for the main entrance of the park:

1805 N. 30th St. Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Here are my top 5 tips to make sure your photo session is fun and goes as smoothly as possible at Garden of The Gods in Colorado Springs:

Where can I park?

Try and get to the park early to find parking and avoid the crowds. Annually an estimated six million visitors per year from all 50 states and more than 60 countries visit us here.

It’s always recommended to get there earlier to find parking at least 30 minutes before starting your photography session

I recommend parking at the overflow parking lot right before you enter the park, make a left at Gateway Rd. There is a good chance you’ll find a spot there.

There are plenty of parking spots throughout the park. It’s all free parking!

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What's the best time for photography?

One of the most common questions I get asked is what is the best time for doing the photo session to get the ideal lighting and flattering images.

I recommend right after sunrise in the morning and an hour before the sunsets. These will create the most flattering images and are always the best options to avoid using flashes and other lighting equipment.

What do you recommend we wear for our session?

I always recommend earthy tones, and to avoid bright colors.

Lighter colors are usually the way to go! White, Pale yellow and pale blue work well, especially with jeans or khaki pants. These colors work great in nature. I want you to be comfortable, so let your personality show!

I recommend checking out my website and instagram page so you can get familiar with my style of shooting.

Instagram: @bobakradbin

How’s the weather in Colorado Springs and how to prepare for it?

Colorado Springs has all four seasons, with lots of sunshine, low humidity and beautiful blue skies.

Our altitude (5,994′) and proximity to the mountains provides for a year-round, mild climate.

The region’s climate is often as pleasant in the winter months as it is during the rest of the year. We receive 15-16 inches of precipitation annually.

Be sure to drink lots of water to adjust to the climate! (not whiskey)

How to book a photography session at Garden of The Gods?

  1. Step I : Send an email to, then will talk about the type of adventure you like to go on and have been dreaming about!

  2. Step II : You'll make a deposit online to reserve the time and date. I'll give you location ideas, and help create a super fun experience!

  3. Step II : We are all set! I'm stoked and can't wait to hang out with you soon.

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