Tanner Landing Park is a gem, tucked away in North Bend, WA.
This gorgeous park a favorite location for me to take my own kids. Even more, it is one of my most favorite spots for Seattle area family photo sessions.
That’s why this spot made it to the blog for a featured location.
As always, there are things to consider, so make sure you read until the end.
What makes Tanner Landing Park a ideal for family photos?
Tanner Landing Park offers plenty of variety in one place.
When you pull up to the parking lot you could be fooled. Upon first glance, Tanner Landing offers large, open fields with a few trees lining the outskirts.
However, take the short path and find yourself on a beautiful trail that winds along the river. The variety is apparent as you begin to explore. On clear days you can even get mountain views in the backgrounds of the fields.
The park is rarely crowded, meaning no stray people in the backgrounds of your photos.
I joke to families that Tanner Landing Park is a favorite place for people to walk their dogs and a few family photographers. Even if there are people there, it’s easy to find spots without people. If your kids (or dogs) are easily distracted, this is a great spot.
Plus fewer crowds mean less waiting for the “golden spot” or for people to pass by to get your family photos taken.
A year round favorite location, this park is an easy pick for your family photos.
While some locations may be impacted by weather (like snow blocking access), Tanner Landing park is beautiful year round. It boasts beautiful colors during fall, yet also has plenty of evergreens for those early spring/summer sessions.
There are a few things to consider for Tanner Landing Park.
As with any locations, this spot does have a couple things to consider. The first is that the rocks along the river are large. These can be tricky for toddlers just learning to walk to navigate.
Finally, it may be obvious, but there is a river. Should you not want your child (or pup) to get wet, it may not be the best spot. Most love tossing rocks and sometimes dip a shoe into the river.
Yet, despite the things to consider this park has been a favorite of many families I have photographed. Two other small things to note is that this location has easy access and parking, and except for a short section of rooted trail, the trail is relatively flat and easy for most to handle. Plus, being in the Snoqualmie Valley, the mountains surrounding Tanner Landing Park allow for slightly earlier photo sessions. The sun may “set” behind the mountains 45 minutes earlier than they do in Seattle.
Does Tanner Landing sound like your type of location for family photos? Check out more of my Favorite Locations for Family Photos for future years’ sessions!