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Vasquez Rocks, Agua Dulce, Santa Clarita, California - Family Photos Location

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

Los Angeles and Santa Clarita Wedding Photography Tom Keene The Affordable Wedding Photographer

Since this continues to be one of my favorite locations to shoot, I couldn't wait to share my most recent family photo session from last week.

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area is located off the 14 freeway headed from LA to Palmdale, about 45 minutes north-west of Pasadena. Best known for its usage on the original Star Trek show in 1967 and others like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Blazing Saddles in 1974 and of course the hiding place of Tibercio Vasquez which the area is named after. This legendary rock formation is the result the San Andreas Fault activity and despite the occasional earth quake that rocks this area, the rock formations look exactly the same over all these years. You may remember that this was also the location for the live action movie of The Flintstones.

When I do family photos, I always like to give the couple a moment to themselves. Lets them remember why they are together. Those romantic moments are always appreciated and often unexpected.

This family was just great. Having never shot them before it can often be a bit awkward at the beginning, not for them. From the time of starting, it was one great shot after another. Can't wait to get back here with the next couple or family

Cindy and I had our engagement photos here and you can view the most recent engagement and maternity shoots from Vasquez Rocks. You really never know how busy it will be out there. I have shot there and had a difficult time getting photos with no one in the background and others when we were almost the only ones there. The cloud cover during certain days can really change the overall look as well. If you want to get to the peak of the mountain you will need some shoes that can survive the hike up. Heels are great for the look but please be sure to bring something like hiking or tennis shoes as we walk around the sand and the rocks.

One thing to know- The park is closed on Mondays. Otherwise it is open 8am to 4pm as of the time of this writing, November 30, 2022.

View this session here.


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