Yosemite holds a very special place in our hearts. There is just something so majestic and breathtaking about standing in Yosemite – surrounded by all the grandeur of nature — it seems that there are just endless locations to explore!! We get questions about visiting Yosemite multiple times a week so we thought we’d sit down and create a resource so everything is in one place!
Yosemite is WONDERFUL, and there are endless things to do and explore in Yosemite, and we could probably spend years talking about it from all different angles… so just to keep things simple, we’ll just focus on Yosemite from a photographer’s point of view. We’ve compiled a couple of our best tips and tricks for planning a trip to Yosemite and will be sharing a couple of secrets of the way we plan for having a successful photoshoot there!
***Before we get into the guide, I think it’s really important to mention that Yosemite (and all of the locations that we share) are precious natural spaces and it is our responsibility to protect, preserve, and take care of it. Tourists and photographers kind of have a horrible reputation for being disrespectful and destructive of sites… regardless off whether or not it was their intention. Please be respectful and don’t be disruptive to the nature or fellow visitors around you, especially for the sake of “taking a photo.” We visit these places because they are stunning and inspiring and we want to make sure that the magic will still be there for generations to come :] Make sure to study up on how you guys can practice sustainable travel habits that you can apply anywhere you go by familiarizing yourself with Leave No Trace!
5 Quick Tips for Traveling in Yosemite
Our top 5 favorite Yosemite Photo Locations
SENTINEL LOOP + COOK’S MEADOW LOOP (YOSEMITE VALLEY)
DISCOVER SOME OF YOUR OWN!
TIPS FOR PLANNING A PHOTO SESSION SESSION IN YOSEMITE
Perhaps you’ve found this post because you are a photographer or you’re someone who is planning for a photo session in Yosemite yourself. We have some tips for you as well :] Note: we’re primarily portrait photographers, so most of our tips apply for portrait shoots, though a landscape photographer might find some of our tips useful as well!
Scout, Scout, Scout!
Get the Right Permits!
Don’t get caught up with the “Instagram Famous” Locations. (Hint, it’s all about creative eye + finding the best light)
Consult the Pros + Collaborate with Wonderful Vendors!
Be ready to roll with it and be patient :]
We are far from being experts but genuinely hope that the tips and tricks we’ve shared can get you started for a wonderful trip to Yosemite! We hope this guide has been valuable to you!! Have fun and share pictures of your adventure with us!! Do leave a comment below if you have any questions or anything to add to this list!
Isabell + Anthony
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