Best Family Photography Locations around Victoria BC

June 10, 2020

With it finally starting to look like summer on Vancouver Island. The Focal team decided to share our favourite family photography locations around Victoria! Whether it's just with your iPhone or one of Focal's amazing family photographers, there are so many incredible locations to capture the joy of your family all together.

Market Square

In the heart of downtown Victoria, Market Square is a gorgeous, open to the air courtyard surrounded by brick and beam heritage buildings. This unique boutique shopping strip offers an amazing photography location because of its protection from harsh direct sunlight during the day! No matter when, you can always find a nice shady spot for family photos that won't suffer from the harsh shadows or blown out backgrounds created by bright sun! The square also offers plenty of coverage for those rainy days!

Family photo in market square Victoria bookfocal.com
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Photography by Marlboro Wang Photo

Beacon Hill Park

It's pretty hard to talk about photography in Victoria without mentioning Beacon Hill Park. Nestled just outside of downtown Victoria, Beacon Hill Park is the place to be for all things photography. With a variety of ocean views, beaches, tall grass, old trees, ponds, birds, flowers...you get the point! Beacon Hill Park really has it all - you can't go wrong coming here for some family photos!

Family Photo in beacon hill park bookfocal.com
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Photography by Ooh Ooh Darling Photography

Mill Bay Marina

Hidden a little way up island, roughly 35 minutes out of Victoria, Mill Bay Marina is a spectacular location for getting some ocean front photos away from the big city. The pebble sand beach, big trees, sailing boats and lush greenery make for a wide variety of spectacular backdrops!

Family Photo Mill bay marina ooh ooh darling photography bookfocal.com
Family Photo Mill bay marina ooh ooh darling photography bookfocal.com
grandma and kids laughing Mill bay marina ooh ooh darling photography bookfocal.com

Photography by Ooh Ooh Darling Photography

UVIC Quad

You don't need to be a student or faculty to enjoy the University of Victoria's natural beauty. From the massive Douglas firs to the sprawling greenery of the quad, UVIC is a great location for some family portraits. If you stop by in the fall, you'll be treated to vibrant autumn colours. Lastly, the tree canopy offers excellent shade for relaxing or avoiding the harsh direct sunlight that can ruin your photos!

dad and daughter grad photo uvic bookfocal.com
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Photography by Marlboro Wang Photography and Naomi Maya Photography

Mt Doug.

Another Victoria classic. Mt Doug. is easily accessible by a short hike or a short drive to the lookout point at the top! A spectacular location for city + ocean views and one of the best places to catch a sunset in Victoria.

mt doug. family photo ooh ooh darling photography
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dad and daughter mt doug photo ooh ooh darling photography

Cowichan Bay Marina

Heading further up island about 50 minutes from Victoria, the Cowichan Bay Marina and surrounding beaches sport tall grass, driftwood and a lovely ocean views.

Cowichan bay marina grandma, grandpa and grandson laughing bookfocal.com
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Photography by Marlboro Wang Photo

Your Backyard

Believe it or not, sometimes the best place for a family photoshoot is in your backyard. After all getting family portraits is really about taking advantage of moments when your family is all together- the location doesn't really matter. A talented photographer can usually find a way to make the photos exciting!

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