Santana Row is hands-down one of the most photogenic places in Silicon Valley. Every alley, street, and corner is a perfect spot for picture taking. However, with the high popularity and constant hustle and bustle of The Row, taking photos in a sea of crowds has become a challenging and daunting task. Nothing ruins a moment like having 50 people run through your shot and 50 more people photobombing behind you. In order to avoid that awkward situation, here are 3 of the best places to take pictures on Santana Row.
In the Middle of the Street
Now, I’m not telling you to go out in the middle of oncoming traffic to snap a perfect pic of you and The Row. Once you pass Olin Ave. near Pinkberry, the street becomes closed off to cars, allowing pedestrians to cross the street freely. The weird part is, even though the street is closed off to cars, people still choose to remain on the sidewalk, making the streets one of the best places to take photos. The best part is, you won’t be risking your life. You are pretty much guaranteed to capture the moving crowds of The Row in the background, and if you are visiting at night, the whole Row is sprinkled with twinkly lights in the trees and on the buildings.
The Color Wall
I’m not too keen on what the actual name of this mural is, but according to Google, this mural is called The Color Wall. Located on Tatum Lane on the backside of Anthropologie. The Color Wall is a great place to take photos because it is out of the main foot traffic which means you won’t have to deal with people awkwardly walking through the middle of your photo. Because it’s tucked away in an alley, the wall is also very easy to miss. When I first laid my eyes on The Color Wall, I fell in love. Every inch of the mural was covered in warm hues of orange, pink, and teal as well as weathered metal grids that resemble victorian windows and gates. Be warned, this is an increasingly popular place where people take photos, so if you want to get a photo-op in front of The Color Wall, it’s best to go during non-peak hours. Wall space fills up fast.
The Weathered Wall
Again, not sure what the actual name of this wall is, but Google likes to call it “Wall with Weathered Doors and Windows.” That name is a bit too long to remember, so we’ll just call it the Weathered Wall. I found this wall by accident on my way out. I just saw some random doors and similar window shapes just like the ones on The Color Wall. Just like The Color Wall, The Weathered Wall does not get much foot traffic and the front of it is quite hidden behind trees when walking by. I adore this wall because it’s the complete opposite of flashy and colorful. The colors are dull and the whole thing looks rusted and forgotten about, but my goodness, this wall tells a story. It’s one of those ugly-pretty things that thrive on being interesting to look at rather than beautiful. This is one of the least popular photo spots on The Row, so you are guaranteed to capture a unique shot.
Word of advice: Take pictures with caution. Because Santana Row is considered private property, any professional photography or videography that requires models or tons of equipment requires a permit. If you don’t have a permit, you may be flagged down by security. So when taking pictures, try to keep it lowkey with a few friends and a smart phone or point and shoot.
Have you ever been to Santana Row? Where are some of your favorite places to take pictures at on The Row?