If you're looking for locations in and around Orlando to take pictures, I'll give you some tips on places I've already taken photos that I think would be great options for your next session.

1 - Lake Eola Park - My first two photo shoots were at Lake Eola, so it's easy to understand why this is one of my favorite spots. Lake Eola is a combination of both nature and city life, however, it's closer to city life than nature. With the lake in the center and buildings around it, this park makes for some interesting compositions. Sometimes the park is quiet, like in the morning hours, but most of the time it's bustling with people going for walks, running for exercise, doing yoga, or meeting up at the farmers market. You might even catch your local street artist performing here.

2 - Downtown Orlando is probably my favorite place to take photos in Orlando, especially at night. The buildings, stairs, garages, and streets will make your photos visually intriguing. If you're looking for an urban backdrop, graffiti and murals from local artists can add a playful element to your pictures. Of all the unique spots downtown, I prefer to take photos on any set of stairs you might find. If you haven't been downtown yet, I'd highly recommend you check it out. I guarantee you won't regret it.

3 - Dickson Azalea Park - For those looking to connect with nature, I'd recommend Dickson Azalea Park. My favorite spots for portraits here are on the small wooden bridges, in open grassy areas, and among the various trees. This is a popular place for many photographers. Whenever I go here, I usually see other photographers working too. I have to warn you though, make sure to bring the repellent because there are a lot of mosquitoes here, and you might be their next meal. 

4 - Lake Louisa State Park, like Dickson Azalea, is a green area but much bigger with many more possibilities of places to explore. Lake Louisa is about 30 minutes from downtown Orlando. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. As a heads up, there is a fee for you to enter the park, which is between $4 and $5, depending on the number of people you bring along. For those looking to take pictures with a more whimsical or natural backdrop, I highly recommend this park.

5 - Casa Feliz - This Andalusian-style house, located in Winter Park, is a beautiful setting for those looking for photos with extra charm. You can take advantage of the older architecture and take photos on the outside areas of the house except on days when there are events. If you'd like to take photos inside of Casa Feliz, you'll need to get a permit.