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Your Guide to Zion Canyon Overlook Sessions

Tips and tricks for scheduling your Zion National Park session… including our most asked question, “Do I have to hike in my dress?”

Zion Canyon Overlook is one of our most requested destination portrait locations, and I get asked a few questions ALL of the time. So… here are my FAQ’s and all of the info you need to know!

  1. Length of the Hike:
    Please be aware that reaching the Zion Canyon Overlook requires a moderate hike of approximately 1 mile each way. The trail can be steep and uneven at times, so it’s essential to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a bit of a workout (but, I can do this hike pretty easily, and I don’t workout). 😉
  2. What to Wear:
    As a general rule, it’s best to wear outfits that make you feel comfortable and reflect your personal style. We usually recommend choosing two outfits-one that is more formal, and one that is more casual. Keep in mind that we’ll be in a red rock outdoor setting, so earthy tones and flowy fabrics often work well. Consider dressing up a bit to complement the epic scenery, but make sure you can move freely and comfortably during the hike.
  3. Changing at the Top:
    To ensure you have a comfortable space to change outfits at the top, we have a pop up changing up specifically so you can hike in comfy clothes, and then change into your portrait clothes. The tent is super private, and isn’t a hassle to bring up, plus it makes the whole experience so much easier!
  4. Essentials to Bring:
    Water, sunscreen, any props or accessories you want to incorporate in the photos (e.g., hats, signs, flowers, etc.), anything necessary for hair & makeup touchups.
  5. Arrival Time:
    We plan with all of our clients to meet at the trailhead 30 minutes before the designated start time of the shoot. This allows us to go over any last-minute details and ensure we have enough time to hike to the overlook in time for the perfect light!

What additional questions do you have about portrait sessions in Zion National Park?

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Here are links to a few of my favorite sessions from this location!


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