5 best photoshoot locations around Jacksonville and why? {North Florida portrait and wedding photographer}

There are so many beautiful locations in and around Jacksonville that are perfect for a photoshoot or just taking some pictures of you & your children - but I have narrowed it down to 5 of my very favorite spots around town that I think are the best. I’ll tell you WHY these locations are my favorite and I also have a few tips of where exactly you should go and what time of the day. So scroll down for my 5 favorite locations and you’ll see all the sample images taken in these locations as well - perfect for inspiration!

(These images are taken over the course of 3 years so please excuse slight a difference in editing since my style have changed a little bit over the years)

5 best photoshoot locations in and around Jacksonville and why

HANNA PARK (or Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park)

This park in Mayport area is such a hidden gem! It is pretty big so make sure not to get lost in there! Hanna Park is super versatile as far as picture options - there are wooden paths all around surrounded by big beautiful moss trees, little lake in the middle of the park and long wooden walkways leading to the beach. There are about 11 beach entries so you have many options to choose from. My favorite ones are with walkways (not all the beach entries have them so make sure to ask the person at the gate - they can also provide you with a park map). After several hurricanes Hanna Park also still has most of the dunes left (versus Jacksonville beach that is all flat) - that offers a really pretty backdrop for photos and that little bit of extra greenery really pops on the photos! I prefer photographing my clients in Hanna Park around 1-2h before the sunset depending if we start taking pictures at the wooded area or head straight to the beach.

Hanna Park - one of the best photoshoot locations in around Jacksonville, FL
Family session with dogs in Hanna Park
Engagement session on the boardwalk in Hanna Park
Maternity photoshoot on the boardwalk right after the rain in Hanna Park
High school senior session at the beach in Hanna Park
sunset photoshoot with a senior in Hanna Park in Jacksonville FL
engagement session on a rainy day in Hanna Park
styled engagement session in Hanna park with a beach cruiser bike
styled first birthday session at the beach in Hanna Park with a teepee tent and flowers
First birthday session at the beach in Hanna park with a basket and balloons
5 best photoshoot locations in Jacksovnille FL including Hanna Park
sunset photos with a high school senior in Hanna park
engagement session inspiration in one of the best photoshoot locations in town - Hanna Park
engagement pictures during the sunset in the ocean in Hanna Park, Jacksonville FL
walking at the beach during the sunset maternity session in Hanna park

GUANA BEACH (on A1A in between South Ponte Vedra Beach and Vilano Beach)

There are 3 different beach entries to go to Guana Beach (North, Middle and South beach - in this order if coming from Ponte Vedra Beach). I usually shoot in North beach since it’s the closest to Jacksonville but after one of the hurricanes it was closed for a little while - then I used Middle or South beach locations. These 3 places are all very similar and I love the walkways leading to the beach. Guana North beach also has a pretty tree before getting to the beach and I like to have this as our last picture spot after the photoshoot (since it’s normally way too bright when I’m starting my session). There aren’t usually many people out there in the evenings (unless it’s Holiday time). Just like in Hanna Park Guana also have the dunes in the background that provide privacy and are helpful when trying to get those beautiful pictures! I also like the “sunset viewing spot” that is pretty high up the stairs and offers stunning views over the ocean as well as it is so perfect for catching these last sun rays! I photograph my clients there in the evenings about 1h before the sunset.

Guana Beach is one of the best photoshoot locations around Jacksonville FL
Maternity session in Guana beach - one of my favorite photoshoot location in town
mommy and me photoshoot in Guana beach in Ponte Vedra area
Guana beach family photoshoot inspiration
couple engagement picture ideas in Guana beach during sunset
mommy and me pictures in the ocean in Guana beach
bride-to-be photoshoot in Guana beach - one of the best locations for taking pictures in Ponte Vedra area
First birthday session with a teepee tent in Guana beach
5 best photoshoot locations around Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra
Beach engagement session inspiration in Guana Beach
Couple engagement session posing and outfit inspiration in Guana Beach
Guana Beach sunset engagement session with a beautiful  couple
fun sunset family picture ideas in Guana Beach
Guana beach sunset photoshoot with a toddler girl wearing a lace dress with tulle skirt - available for rent
stunning sunset engagement session photoshoot overlooking Guana beach
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engaged couple sitting at the beach in Guana during sunset photoshoot
engaged couple heading to Guana beach

NOCATEE’S 20 MILE PARK

I just had to add this location in here because it’s so close to my house and super convenient if you live anywhere near Nocatee! 20 mile park is perfect for a photoshoot all year round both mornings and evenings offering plenty of shade, beautiful sunset with sun-rays peeking through the trees, walkways, moss trees etc. There’s even a cute little bench out there that I always try to include in my images. It really is perfect for any type of client from a family to maternity session!

family photos in Nocatee's 20 mile park
mommy and me pictures in Nocatee 20 mile park - one of the best locations around jacksonville fl
daddy and son pictures in Nocatee during sunset
high school senior prom pictures in Nocatee 20 mile park
high school senior prom photoshoot in Nocatee 20 mile park beore sunset
Nocatee's 20 mile park is one of my favorite photoshoot locations around Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra areas
little toddler sunrise photoshoot in Nocatee 20 mile park
daddy-daughter sunset picture inspiration in Nocatee's 20 mile park
mommy-daughter picture inspiration in Nocatee-s 20 mile park
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Nocatee's 20 mile park family photoshoot in the fall
fall family photoshoot in Nocatee
Holiday themed family session in Nocatee's 20 mile park
Mommy and me Holiday themed photoshoot in Nocatee-s 20 mile park
Family photoshoot posing and outfit inspiration in Nocatee's 20 mile park
Family photoshoot posing and outfit ideas in Nocatee
birthday and baby announcement photoshoot ideas in Nocatee's 20 mile park
Nocatee's 20 mile park is on of the best photoshoot locations around Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra areas
sunset family photoshoot ideas in Nocatee

BIG TALBOT ISLAND (near Amelia Island)

Big Talbot Island is perfect for both sunrise and sunset sessions. It’s usually pretty private as well so that’s a bonus! There is a little bit of a walk to get out there to the beach (about 5-7min) but if you are with little ones you definitely want to keep that in mind and plan accordingly (maybe bring a wagon if they are not walking yet or you have lots of items with you)! Also I usually start taking pictures in the wooded area right before getting to the beach - and the reason for starting in the greenery versus beach is that it will get dark (if doing sunset session) sooner if you are surrounded by trees and then there won’t be enough light to get good images!
Other than that all the driftwood out there is absolutely magical and looks so good on pictures! It’s the only beach in Jacksonville area that looks like this so if you are wanting to change things up from regular beach photoshoot then Big Talbot Island is definitely a great place to take your photos at!

engagement session in Big Talbot Island driftwood beach
Big Talbot Island is one of the best photoshoot locations in Jacksonville area
maternity session in Big Talbot Island driftwood beach
sunrise maternity session with all the driftwood in Big Talbot Island
mommy-to-be sitting on the driftwood in Big Talbot Island during sunrise session
engaged couple walking at the beach in Big Talbot Island
sunset maternity session in the wooded area in Big Talbot Island
engagement session with a dog in Big Talbot Island
expecting parents sitting on driftwood in Big Talbot Island photoshoot
sunrise maternity session in Big Talbot Island driftwood beach
engaged couple posing and outfit inspiration in Big Talbot Island driftwood beach
One of favorite beach photoshoot locations around Jacksonville - Big Talbot Island
sunset beach engagement pictures in Big Talbot Island driftwood beach

JACKSONVILLE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

This location is private so you will only be able to take photos out there if you live in the neighborhood (or can go with someone who does). I’m not a morning person at all but I will get up bright and early for this location! It’s absolutely gorgeous out there right around sunrise! That way you will also away the crowds and won’t get on anybody’s way (be mindful of the golfers). The sun peeking through the trees is truly magical so if you and/or your little ones are early risers then I would highly recommend checking out Jacksonville Golf & Country Club! Also there are many different plants around the gazebo area that will look really good as a backdrop and add lots of color to your pictures as well!

sunrise family photoshoot in jacksonville golf and country club
sunrise photoshoot in the golf course
fall themed photoshoot in jacksonville gold and country club
one of the best family photoshoot locations is jacksonville golf and country club
sunrise family photoshoot ideas in jacksonville golf and country club
first birthday cake smash photoshoot in jacksonville golf and country club
sunrise photoshoot in jacksonville gold and county club - one of the best locations in town for taking pictures
mommy and me pictures in jacksonville golf and country club
sunrise family maternity session in jacksonville golf and country club
stunning mama to be in blush pink maternity dress in jacksonville golf and country club
sunrise maternity photoshoot in jacksonville golf and country club
mommy and me pictures in a colf course in jacksonville golf and country club
mommy and me sunrise photoshoot in a colf course
posing and outfit ideas for a maternity session in jacksonville golf and country club
family maternity session in jacksonville golf and country club by the gazebo
posing ideas for families in jacksonville golf and country club
toddler photoshoot in jacksonville golf and country club with a teepee tent

These are (in my opinion) 5 best photoshoot locations in and around Jacksonville. There are so many other places I love as well but do you have any ideas/recommendations about places I should visit/take my clients to? Feel free to write a comment below or email me! I’d love to check out new locations!

Maris Kirs Photography is an award-winning photographer based in Ponte Vedra, FL and also taking pictures in Jacksonville, St.Augustine and surrounding areas. I specialize in portrait and wedding photography.