Top 5 Family Photo Locations near Rapid City

Family photos at Sylvan Lake, SD
  1. Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park

    I absolutely love to take families of all ages to Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park for photos. Giant granite boulders emerge from this little mountain lake at the base of Black Elk Peak. Older kids love playing on the impressive boulders, there are plenty of accessible areas for people of all abilities, and kids of all ages love to play on the beach. Sylvan is a great spot to capture lots of candid images.
Family photos in Badlands National Park at sunsent

2. Badlands National Park

The other-worldly landscapes of Badlands National Park, about an hour and twenty minutes from Rapid City is one of my favorite places to take families. This park has been slept on by travelers for a long time, but folks are catching on that the desert landscapes make unique, stunning backdrops for family photos.

Mount Rushmore, Black Hills national forest family photo

3. Black Hills National Forest

There are so many incredible spots all around the Black Hills that are a little more off the beaten path, where we can get away from crowds and still find the amazing views the Black Hills are known for.

Outdoor Campus West, Rapid City family photo

4. The Outdoor Campus West

This is a great spot for young families because there are lots of opportunities to play and the terrain isn’t hard for little legs. There are some cool structures, including a big treehouse, and creek and pond on the grounds.

Spearfish Canyon family photo

5. Spearfish Canyon and the Northern Black Hills

I love venturing deep into Spearfish Canyon with families and couples, to find aspen groves and ferns, especially in the fall when things are golden.

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  1. Staci erickson says:

    Curious if you have any open times for aug 12 or 14 for family pictures. We have a family of 6. We are coming for vacation and thinking maybe we can get family pics while we are out there

  2. Kristin L Froedge says:

    Just looking to see if a family photography session would work during our summer vacation out west. We will be in Rapid City June 25-26.

  3. Mary Stam says:

    Michaela, we have a large family coming the week after the 4th of July, and at wanting some group photos while all are in the hills. My husband and I live in Hill City, we have 21 when all together, five family units. We would most likely like group shot all together, grandparents and grands, and then individual family units I think. Outdoors would be our preference.

  4. SARAH E PASK says:

    Hi, My name is Sarah, and our family comes and visits near Lead / Deadwood and Terry Peak area, wondering what your schedule looks like for 8/21, 22, 23, or 24th of 2024? Looking for pictures to be done around Spearfish

    Please let me know!

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