Pro Photographer Dream Destination Series: Florida
Photographers from around the world have their sights set on capturing the magic of Florida. The sunshine, palm trees, and blue water are perfect backdrops for any photo shoot. And there’s no shortage of stunning locations throughout the state. From historic sites to natural wonders, photographers can capture world-class images anywhere in Florida. To help you make the most of your time, we've compiled our list of must-photograph spots in the sunshine state.
As the oldest town in the continental United States, Saint Augustine is a photographer’s dream. The picturesque Spanish-style of the architecture and cobblestone streets make it a must-visit destination for both professional and amateur photographers. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. It’s home to the world’s largest collection of artifacts from the Timucuan Indian culture.
The Everglades is one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. However, it’s also one of the most threatened. As one of the last wild places in the state, the Everglades draws photographers from all over the world. In Everglades National Park, you’ll find an abundance of wildlife and amazing landscapes. And the best part is, you can experience it all by air. There are several companies that offer airboat tours through the Everglades: Definitely worth checking into.
Natural Spring Pools
Florida has over 700 natural spring pools, and we wanted to highlight a few that make the perfect photography spot for photographers. Rainbow Springs State Park is a stunning spring roughly an hour and a half from the city of Tampa. If you’re looking to capture photos of wildlife while you’re there, keep an eye out for plenty of birds, squirrels, racoons, and snakes.
Juniper Springs State Park is also a great destination if you’re looking for natural spring pools. This state park is roughly an hour and a half from Orlando. A great place to pull out your camera is at the end of a small hike there is a little bridge that overlooks a beautiful body of crystal clear water.
Biscayne National Park
The Biscayne National Park is a lush tropical paradise. It's home to more than 350 species of birds as well as a wide variety of aquatic species. It's one of the best places in Florida to get up close with nature. You'll find a wide assortment of wildlife throughout the park. But the best place for shooting wildlife photography is the mangrove forest. Also, be sure to bring your camera out at sunset. You’ll have an amazing background for your photos.
Photographers can journey back in time in Miami. Downtown Miami is full of historic architecture, making it a fantastic backdrop for historic photography. There are several fascinating sites to visit in the area, including the Miami-Dade County Historical Museum, which houses a wide variety of exhibits and artifacts, including works by some of the most renowned artists of the 20th century.
The Lower Eastern Shore Area
The coastal area overlooking the Indian River is the perfect place to shoot photos of the blue water and colorful fish. The Indian River is one of the most biodiverse bodies of water in the world and has been recognized by National Geographic. There are several viewing platforms and paths throughout the area that are perfect for photo shoots. Just make sure that you visit the area during low tide to capture the best images of the colorful fish and amazing landscape.
Big Cypress National Preserve
This 800,000-acre nature reserve is home to some of the largest and oldest Cypress trees in the state. Many sites throughout the swampy reserve are perfect for photography, but the main attraction, as the name suggests, is the big Cypress trees. Make sure to visit the reserve during the fall, when the leaves change colors and create an amazing backdrop for your photography.
The southernmost city in the continental United States, Key West is the perfect destination for photographers in search of an island paradise. Explore the city’s culture, history, and architecture on foot or hop in a boat to visit one of the area’s many nearby islands. When you’re ready to take photos, there are plenty of spots to choose from, including Mallory Square, where you can watch locals put on nightly performances. Or head to the Southernmost Beach Resort, which offers sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico.
If you’re visiting Florida as a photographer, then be sure to add these photogenic places to your itinerary. They’re some of the best places to capture iconic images of the sunshine state. And we can’t wait to see the photos you bring back!
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