Central Florida Portrait Photographer | Location Scouting Fun!

July 14, 2017  •  6 Comments

As a portrait photographer in Central Florida, one of my favorite things to do is to explore my area to find fresh, new locations to shoot. And boy, did we find a gem of a location recently! My better half is addicted to Google Earth, which is a great tool to scope out interesting new places to explore. Recently, he stumbled on Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange, Florida, which is a botanical garden surrounding the ruins of an old sugar mill plantation. It is about an hour away from us, so we hopped in the car and took a drive to check it out. Knowing my love of botanical gardens, I was pretty sure it would be well worth the drive, and I was not disappointed. Unfortunately, I only had my phone camera with me, but it was sufficient to scope out the gardens and get a sense of the possibilities it affords for beautiful portraiture.

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My imagination was reeling with ideas for every picturesque spot I encountered in this beautiful place.

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There are so many unique spots in this small, 10-acre park. Once upon a time it was going to be an amusement attraction called Bongoland (so named for a live baboon they had on display) with dinosaur sculptures, but it could not secure financing. The dinosaurs are still there, though! Such an amazing place, and it is free admission.

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And of course, the sugar mill ruins, which have been lovingly preserved, are an interesting sight to see.

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What a wonderful place! I cannot wait to visit again and create somebody's portraits here. If you are looking for a Central Florida portrait photographer, feel free to contact me here for more information. I would love to create your next unforgettable family portraits.


OMG that is an awesome site! i need to go exploring and find some treasures, here in Oklahoma i do not know of a park that awesome!!
What a gorgeous location! I can't wait to see what you do with it!
Rebecca Lueck(non-registered)
Wow, what an awesome location! I can see the possibilities, for sure! Can't wait to see when you do a photo session here.
Gorgeous location! You are going to have some amazing images for your clients there!
Tina Campbell(non-registered)
Wow! What a perfect place!! No doubt you'll have some wonderful there! I could spend hours scouting, only I'm the wander- till -your -lost type. I should use google earth, probably much more efficient, but old habits die hard.
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