If you’re looking for the right venue to take your photos from mediocre to magical, there are some great places to do a photo shoot in Pretoria! The capital city has a wealth of beautiful locations, so take some time to do your research to find the perfect backdrop for your photo shoot. Some locations are free while others charge for the use of the venue, so bear this in mind when booking your shoot as this will likely be an additional cost over and above the photographer’s fee. The city has plenty of options from which to choose so take a look through this list of some of the top places to do a photo shoot in Pretoria.
Also, consider the best time to do your shoot in an outdoor location. I love doing shoots during golden hour: this is generally late afternoon or early morning. The light is lovely and soft, giving a golden hue to photos and often providing a photographer with some striking shots. Worried about bad weather while doing an outdoor shoot? I’ve found yr.no to be one of the most accurate weather apps and use it regularly when planning a shoot.
Please note: while I have taken care to ensure the contact details and cost of venue hire is accurate, these details may change without notice. I recommend you contact the venue for correct pricing before you book.
18 of the best places to do a photo shoot in Pretoria
1 Irene Dairy Farm, Irene
One of the most beautiful spots in Pretoria and one of my favourites to shoot at is Irene Dairy Farm. Yes, it is a working dairy farm but there’s a certain rustic charm to this place, thanks to the old farm tools, milk urns and tractors scattered all over. Just take a look at this shoot I did with the De Jager family. It boasts plenty of lush greenery and there are several small dams on the property as well as a beautiful tree-lined untarred road. Expect to find curious cows and chickens scratching around while you explore this idyllic spot. Irene Dairy Farm charges R350 for the use of the venue but this goes to Irene Homes.
2 Jan Cilliers Park, Groenkloof
Situated in the heart of Groenkloof is the scenic little Jan Cilliers Park which offers plenty of photographic opportunities with open grassy spaces, trees, and a bubbling stream. It’s a popular venue with photographers as well as dog lovers, so don’t be surprised if you have an inquisitive pup come running up during your shoot to give you a sniff before running off again. Entry and use of the venue are free.
3 Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, Brummeria
The ever-popular Pretoria National Botanical Gardens is big enough to ensure no two photo shoots will have the same look or feel. It offers loads of spots to explore, with many beautiful trees, loads of trails and paths to wander down as well as a small dam (okay, a pond really) with a waterfall. Important to note: the gardens play host to the weekly park run event every Saturday and this means it is filled with runners so best to avoid shooting there till after 9:30am. There is an entry fee of R33 for adults and R15 for children and it is open from 8am till 6pm daily but no entry is allowed after 5pm.
4 The Big Red Barn, Olifantsfontein
Think picturesque forests, winding trails and plenty of lush greenery: this is the charm of The Big Red Barn in Irene. It is also host to Acrobranch, Ludwig’s Roses, and Clay Café, so this popular venue can get full on weekend mornings when families, bikers, and runners pour into the area to try out the coffee shop and trails. But it is worth a visit as it really is one of the top places to do a photo shoot in Pretoria, especially with such pretty backdrops on offer. The cost of the use of the venue is R250 per hour, payable at reception and photo shoots can be done after 3pm.
5 The Union Buildings, Pretoria CBD
Are you looking for one of the most iconic places to do a photo shoot in Pretoria? Then nothing spells out “capital city” quite like the Union Buildings. With spacious slopes and large trees as well as the pretty terraced garden, there are numerous spots to do a photo shoot. Make sure to get a shot at the statue of Madiba and don’t miss out on capturing the iconic shape of the Union Buildings in the background of your shoot. Entry and use of the gardens are free.
6 Church Square, Pretoria CBD
Looking for an urban feel for your photo shoot? Then consider Church Square in the heart of Pretoria’s CBD. Surrounded by beautiful old buildings and boasting a statue of Paul Kruger in the centre, you can let your imagination run wild here. Take some seed to feed the belligerent city pigeons and you’re sure to get some great shots as they fly around you. And take advantage of the great light golden hour provides here. Entry and use of the venue are free.
7 Moreleta Kloof Nature Area, Moreletapark
It’s an oasis of nature in the middle of Pretoria East and Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve offers plenty of walking trails and lovely veld. You’ll also find wildlife abounds and you may have an inquisitive zebra or buck watching your shoot from a distance, which happened during my shoot with the Swanepoel family. Golden hour makes this venue a great spot for some beautiful light so it’s well worth negotiating the location fee (around R150) with the City of Tshwane.
8 Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, Faerie Glen
Faerie Glen Nature Reserve has plenty of rolling vistas of the veld, which serve as a pretty background for a family or couple’s shoot. Think natural, long grass catching the last of the sun’s rays swaying gently in the background. Explore the walking trails for some charming spots for your shoot. The cost to do a shoot here is R120.
9 Struben dam, Lynnwood Glen
You’ll find shady lawns, little streams, breathtaking scenery and walking trails which lead to panoramas perfect for a photo shoot at Struben Dam. For some striking shots, get to the pretty little dam which is hedged with trees and forms a peaceful backdrop. Cost is R120 to shoot there, payable at Faerie Glen Nature Reserve.
10 Rademeyers, Moreletapark
Situated just inside the entrance to Moreleta Park Nature Reserve, Rademeyers is a barn-style venue which offers some lovely buildings for your shoot. Think old stone walls, a charming little chapel as well as some half-derelict walls which serve as a great frame for shots. This Mommy & Me shoot I did really had great light at Rademeyers. The location fee is R250.
11 Rosemary Hill, Donkerhoek
While this spot is a bit further out, it is gorgeous. Rosemary Hill has become increasingly popular as a wedding venue and is ideal for couple’s photo shoots with some lovely forests, grassy areas, dams, bridges and even a maze. There are also some old ruins which can provide some interesting shots and of course, rosemary fields. The cost to shoot there is R450.
12 Cow House Market, Hazeldean
Situated right near Silverlakes, an old dairy farm has been converted into The Cowhouse Market which has become a popular spot for hiking and running trails. Go and explore! There are plenty of nooks and crannies which will serve beautifully for the backdrop to your shoot. The Cowhouse charges a R250 location fee for a shoot – simply email them to book.
13 Magnolia Dell, Bailey’s Muckleneuk
I love this little park – for me it’s one of the cutest places to do a photo shoot in Pretoria. It’s got character. Besides boasting wide open grassy spaces and weeping willows which dip into the little spruit which runs through it, Magnolia Dell also has some quirky jungle gyms. There’s a massive loudhailer and a plane-shaped jungle gym if you’re up to some creative shots. It can get busy on weekends, but go early and you might be lucky enough to get the park to yourself. Also, for some Parisian flavour, be sure to take a lock and add it to the Intiem Bridge to declare your unending love for your partner.
14 Jan Smuts House Museum, Centurion
The historic old Smuts House was home to General JC Smuts whose love for all things green and leafy meant he created the lovely wild gardens which boast magnolia and plane trees. Take a wander through the gardens or discover the Oubaas Trail which will unearth some lovely spots for your shoot. The cost to shoot on the grounds at Smuts House is R200, payable at reception.
15 Jacaranda trees, Brooklyn
So, Pretoria is renowned for its breathtaking jacaranda trees during October. The city turns several shades of lavender and this is just perfect for a romantic couple’s shoot or maternity photo shoot. Where are the best places to do a photo shoot in Pretoria with loads of jacaranda trees? Try Brooklyn and Waterkloof area, particularly Herbert Baker Street as well as Pienaar and Murray streets. Obviously, there’s no charge, but do stay aware of cars if you decide to shoot in the middle of the road.
16 Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria
I had never considered this location before, but I am glad the Venter family did for their family shoot. The Voortrekker Monument is another one of the most iconic places to do a photo shoot in Pretoria. The stone exterior of the building offers creates a lovely backdrop and there are manicured gardens surrounding it which are great for posed shots. Entry to the monument is R70 for adults and R35 for children.
17 Sammy Marx Museum, Savannah Country Estate
I love this stately Victorian-era home and it’s beautifully laid out park-like gardens. The Sammy Marks Museum really has so much to explore, offering great photo opportunities with a rose garden, tree-lined road, and large grassy lawn. There is no entry fee, but please do give a donation. (And visit the museum, it’s really incredible!)
18 Silver lakes dam and reserve, Silverlakes
If you stay in Silverlakes Estate, make use of the nature reserve and dam. This massive estate houses a slice of paradise with the golf course and several dams and these serve as some peaceful, pretty locations for a photo shoot. Use of the dam and reserve is free to residents.