Pearson-Arastradero Preserve is a beautiful option for Palo Alto maternity photography. Located off of Arastradero Road, it features a mix of rolling hills, tall grasses, and evergreen trees. With both tree-lined meadows and grassy hills with views, there’s something for everyone’s taste and comfort level.
For those who are feeling up for climbing the hill, you’ll be rewarded with views of rolling hills as your backdrop. Of course, those hills will be either vibrant green or golden brown depending on the time of year.
For expectant mothers that are nearing the end of pregnancy, and might not be up for hill climbing, there are still tall grasses and trees for a beautiful backdrop on flat land.
One thing to know about choosing Arastradero Preserve as the location for your maternity session is that there is a free parking lot with a good amount of parking. Be aware that it can be quite crowded on weekends, though, and you may have to wait for a spot. Don’t despair if it seems busy! So many people use the trails, that if you just wait a few minutes, a spot should open quickly as people finish up their hikes and bike rides.
Another thing to note is that there are bathrooms! This tends to be an important feature for both maternity sessions and families with little ones.
Palo Alto’s Arastradero Preserve is also a great option if you’d like to include your dog in your maternity portraits. Not every possible location is dog friendly. As long as your dog is on a leash here, they are welcome to join!
This is also a great stroller-friendly location. As long as you have the off-road variety, you’ll be able to push it along the rugged path with ease. There are many reasons why parents like to bring a stroller to their photo session. One reason is that it is a good place to store favorite toys, an outfit change and snacks. Another reason is that it gives them a place to contain their little one while I photograph the parents on their own.
You can see why Pearson-Arastradero Preserve is a popular location for Palo Alto maternity photographers: ease of access, good parking, bathrooms, dog- and stroller-friendly. Want to see more location options? There are a number of other beautiful photography locations in Palo Alto to consider.