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6+1 amazing locations for family photo shoots in Dubai

New to Dubai and could do with a run-down of photogenic spots? Planning a family shoot and would like to get a little location inspiration?

With the cooler weather just around the corner I am excited to bring you a run down of possible locations for your next family photo shoot.

More importantly, I'm pleased to share that I offering a NEW shoot location this season - I would absolutely love you to read on and find out more!

Al Fahidi historical district

The light in Al Fahidi is always divine; bouncing off the cream walls and acting as a natural reflector. It is the perfect place to encourage children and their family to explore, with lots of narrow alleyways, doors to knock on and courtyards to enter. The mosque is a beautiful backdrop with stunning architecture and patterns and the whole area is peppered with Arabian architectural influences and textures. There are lots of spots to discover and many corners for children to discover. And if you manage to find any staircases leading up to the top of the shop houses: the view from the top is beautiful!

Parking can be a bit tricky so I would advise parking underground at Al Seef and walking across. If the weather is cool it’s the perfect spot for a shoot at any time of the day because you can easily find shadier areas.

When I have shoots in this area we normally end our session we head to the XVA Gallery and Café for their amazing mint lemonade and to take a look around their gallery.

The beach

Perhaps one of the most obvious - but certainly one of the most requested locations for family shoots is the beach! With the weather just on the verge of cooling down; NOW is the time to be booking in beach shoots.

Make a plan with your photographer to head down to the beach during golden hour (so called because of the beautiful morning and late afternoon sunlight). This is when the light is at the most flattering as it will wrap around you perfectly.

Although it varies throughout the year, in my experience any time from 4.45pm onwards is just stunning. Take picnic dinner for your children, pack a towel, some spare clothes, a blanket to sit on and you are all set.

I love Black Palace beach because of the natural curve in the bay: so that if you head down to the left hand side of the beach you can position yourself with the Burj Al Arab in the background and your photographer can cleverly cut out all of the beachgoers on the right hand side of your image.

Along the far left of the beach there are rocks and a pier and to the far right there is a patch of grassy reeds that are super photogenic and again give a bit of variety in backdrop. At certain times of the month the tide retreats leaving a beautiful mirror effect where the shoreline meets the sand.

Another wonderful beach is Nessnass beach; often when I am shooting there I will begin with family portraits close to the reed fence (towards the left of the beach) and then move my families along the shoreline all the way around to the rocks on the right side of the bay. Parking can be tricky here so again, it will be helpful to plan in advance.

NEW Location! - Bur Dubai!

One of the new locations I am focusing on this season is Bur Dubai! A little more of an adventurous spot, this location is perfect for families looking for a shoot that is a little bit different in style.

If you've done shoots at the beach, desert, home, Al Qudra....this might be right up your street. We meet at the creek - we get to know each other in 'top secret' spot where our photo session begins. Our photoshoot walk takes us through the souk - think colours, interesting light, unusual backgrounds, more of the 'real' Dubai - perhaps making a few purchases along the way. We end on an abra just in time for sunset.

After running Bur Dubai photowalks for the last few years I am so excited to be offering family shoots around this area! Obviously this is going to be a little more walking but it's all flat (babes in buggies are definitely welcome) and we will stop off at different spots en route where I will centre you all together as a family. So you will get a wonderful mix of documentary and slightly more posed images.

As this session is completely NEW I would love to offer a 25% discount off the booking price just for you, when you book this location. You can get in touch with me here to find out more.

The desert

Desert time is just around the corner!

My favourite spot has to be out near to Al Qudra lakes where there are plenty of wonderful, photogenic desert spots. There is no need for off-roading unless you and your photographer are feeling particularly adventurous.

The best time of the day is similar to the beach; any time from 4.45pm onwards unless you're feeling particularly bright and breezy and fancy heading out there for sunrise.

The desert is a beautiful spot to capture those big, wide landscape shots. Given a vast, empty space, children will most likely run when you all arrive at your shoot. Your photographer might want to start off with everyone together for some more classic portraits, so keep this in mind.