Downtown Photo Guide: Best Places to Take a Portrait or Selfie

by Taylor Bishop
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Murals by Kyllan Maney bring color and life to a vacant storefront. (Photo: Lauren Potter)

Murals, historic buildings and city lights—put yourself in Downtown Phoenix’s most colorful backdrops the next time you’re exploring. Whether it’s graduation photos or just taking a million pics of your dog (no shame), here are some of our favorite places to strike a pose:


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A stroll in Civic Space Park isn’t complete without at least a few pics in front of this mesmerizing sculpture raised 145 feet above DTPHX. Day or night, “Her Secret is Patience” by artist Janet Echelman is a stunner.

What a dress, what a location. 😍 The Rosson House—a fully-restored 1895 Queen Anne Victorian museum—makes an elegant spot for quinceañera or wedding photos.

Take a walk by Westward Ho, where celebrities and presidents once stayed. The former hotel has since been converted into affordable housing.

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Just over here at the corner of Happy and @Hugos_Art . #dtphx #phxmurals

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Meet “Malinda,” a mural by Hugo Medina and Darrin Armijo-Wardle that brings to life the alley connecting Central Avenue to First Street.

Give wedding or graduation photos an urban stamp on the bridge over Central Avenue. Then, celebrate at The Duce with one of their flavorful cocktails (like the organic peach cobbler) and a scrumptious pie jar for dessert.

Construction, but make it fashion. This scaffold may be one of the most unique places we’ve seen a DTPHX portrait.

Urban vibes on Washington Street and Central Ave. We spy the Nevercrew bear mural, “El Oso Plateado and the Machine,” in the distance.

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How stunning is this Roosevelt Row mural by Brian Boner?! Hundreds of birds painted on the side of monOrchid make for captivating engagement photos or a solo selfie.

Last but not least, here’s a spot to take flight on the same monOrchid wall (mural by Lauren Lee). Grab a beer and watch people pose from across the street at the new Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.