Tucked into the heart of Silicon Valley is a beautiful college campus, and it’s no wonder that many would be interested in a Santa Clara University Photography session. Although many are drawn to the campus for its photographic backdrop, according to their policy, professional photography is only allowed for current students, faculty and alumni, and a permit is required. If you do meet those qualifications, keep scrolling to see why you might want to schedule your next photo session at Santa Clara University!
Santa Clara University is a private university, so it makes sense that they would want to keep photography at the university for students and alumni only. This also makes university photography sessions extra special since the number of people who can have a session there is limited. Despite the fact that the campus is bustling with students during the school year, it actually remains fairly quiet for golden-hour sessions. Especially on weekend evenings when there aren’t scheduled classes, there aren’t a ton of people milling about, which is the opposite of many popular photography locations in the area. In fact, no background people had to be edited out from any of these images!
Located on the edge of Santa Clara in a busy suburban neighborhood nearing downtown San Jose, the campus is fairly compact, yet still offers plenty of beautiful locations for photography. The historical mission and adobe building make for interesting architecture backdrops. There are also a number of beautiful gardens and trees around campus to add delicate variety to your session. Whether you prefer architecture or foliage, there’s something to please everyone.
When hiring a photographer for your session at the university, it’s best to select someone who has experience photographing on campus. An experienced Santa Clara University photographer will know where the best locations are to capture gorgeous light in your portraits. Just look at the beautiful image below! They’ll also know the best time of day to schedule your session. You can trust their judgement, and all you’ll need to do is contact the permit office to secure permission to photograph on campus (this part has to be done by the client unless the photographer is an alumni themselves).
Whether you’re a senior in need of graduation portraits or an alumni interested in family portraits at a nostalgic location, a Santa Clara University photography session is just the right fit for your photography needs. It offers a variety of beautiful backdrops and is a private location only available to a select group of people. Visit my family page to view more of my photography and reach out for more information!
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