Los Angeles Dog Photographer | Douglas Park, Santa Monica


I've recently moved across town, so I thought it was time to start exploring some parks in my new area. Douglas Park is the closest traditional park to my new place, so Maurice and I decided to check it out. The park itself is not very big, but it does have some interesting features.

The most notable element of this park is it's large duck pond, connected to a smaller pond by a winding stream. Flat and peaked wooden bridges crisscross the stream and lead out to an island in the middle of the big duck pond. These wooden bridges are great rustic accents for dog photography sessions. I loved posing Maurice on all the different bridges! This area, however, may not be an ideal photography session location for dogs who are distracted by birds (ducks, pigeons, seagulls) or water.

The park also has significant tree cover, creating beautifully dappled light throughout the late afternoon. Between stairs, benches, and rocks, I found unique places to pose Maurice and take advantage of the soft, warm light filtering through the trees. For a lifestyle dog photography session, being able to incorporate settings with direct sunlight and shade creates more interesting, dynamic images.

Douglas Park is a fun park for a dog photography session with a varied amount of settings in a small, middle-of-the-city park. However, it can provide a number of distractions for some dogs due to the moderate amount of wildlife and park-goers. I'm excited to come back to this Santa Monica park soon!