Before booking a family session, many families want to know which photoshoot locations would be best for them in Dubai. This guide isn’t exhaustive but will go through many options that you have. If you’re looking for more of a colorful, green background for your photographs, a park would be nice, or if you would like a neutral background then a beach or desert photoshoot location would be more appropriate. Or you can go for a more posed studio photoshoot.
Here are some of my favorite family photoshoot locations in Dubai along with a few lines on what to expect:
My new favorite place to shoot at in all kinds of weather is the Bastakiya area of Dubai. The beautiful earthy buildings in the area make for a very nice backdrop for family photos.
It’s the perfect outdoor location for family photos and more so for families who might feel shy in front of other people. The beautiful locations I take my clients to are near Al Qudra and are about 30-45 minutes from the Mall of Emirates. There is no need for off-roading into the sand.
Sufouh Beach, Dubai
If you’re looking for a relaxed photoshoot near the beach with a view of Burj al Arab in the far background then Sufouh Beach is perfect for you. There’s a little bit of greenery and rocks along with the sandy beach which gives a nice variety to your final gallery.
Al Quoz Pond Park, Dubai
There are usually not many people at this park in most areas and it’s big enough to provide a nice variety.
Springs Community Park, Dubai
If you would like to include your dogs in your family photoshoot then the Springs community park is for you.
Jebel Ali Park, Dubai
This used to be my favorite park to take families to but they now require a permit to shoot there. It’s totally worth the extra effort to get one! The park may be really small but it offers so many beautiful spots and if you book your shoot at just the right time, you may find long, wispy weeds that look beautiful in photographs.
Barsha Pond Park, Dubai
This park is huge and is also in a central location in Dubai. I don’t prefer shooting family sessions here though because it’s usually crowded.
Barsha South Park, Dubai
This is another small park that has nice landscapes.
Souq Madinat, Dubai
If you’re staying at one of the resorts next to Souq Madinat, you will have some of the most gorgeous backdrops for your family photoshoots.
Other random finds
Over the past few years, I’ve found some really beautiful nooks, some found thanks to my lovely clients as well! When you decide to go with me for your experience, you can suggest photoshoot locations as well!
Dubai is a temporary home for most of us and when you are raising a family here, it’s so important to document the everyday life at your home. If you have windows in your bedroom/lounge and the natural light coming in is good then an in-home session would be nice. When your kids grow older they will have recorded memories of their time in Dubai! Plus if you have some nice areas around your home, then some outdoor photos can be taken as well.
If this list was helpful or if you would like me to photograph your family in one of these beautiful locations in Dubai, feel free to reach out here!
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Hey, I'm Scheherazade Shahid and I am a licensed family, maternity and newborn photographer based in Dubai. I love adventure, scary rides and taking photos of little humans. My lifelong wish is to jump out of an airplane with a parachute on my back but alas I still need to loose a couple of pounds to be able to qualify for that ride 😭