May 2, 2018


10 Great Outdoor Locations for Indianapolis Family Photography

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I love this city! There are so many adorable parks and beautiful venues for gorgeous family images. You don’t have to look far to find a unique and natural setting for your next session. Here are some of my favorite outdoor spots for family photography in Indianapolis. Now that the weather is warming up I can’t wait to shoot in these picturesque locations.

Indianapolis Family Photography Locations

Coxhall Gardens

This park has plenty of space for kids to run and explore, along with great structures and a variety of backdrops to set your images apart.

Cool Creek Park and Nature Center

This park is tucked just off of US 31 and has a vairety of settings including tall grasses, green spaces, and many wooded acres! They also have a playground and nature center which can make for a fun-filled family day, before or after your session.

West Park

This park packs a lot of variety into one space! Water, bridges, trails, tall grasses and a stone feature! There is so much to love and they are in the process of developing the park further, so I am hopeful it will continue to be a bright spot for family photos in Hamilton County.

Holcomb Gardens

Located on Butler University’s Campus, Holcomb Gardens is a lovely location featuring a lake, waterfalls, garden house, and gazebo. This is a great location for families with Butler University alumni! It is also located near Broad Ripple Village with a variety of shops and restaurants close by.


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The artist formerly known as the IMA, this location is one of the best in the city. In the spring, they have a quarter of a million flowers that bloom! If that isn’t enticing enough they have a beautiful variety of structures including one of my favorite spots, The Lilly House. You do have to pay a fee to have your session here, but it is very worth it! The fee is $50 for the day.

Eagle Creek Park

Located on the west side of town this expansive park makes for a great location during the fall season. With acres of trees surrounding the large lake you are sure to have a gorgeous backdrop for your family images. This park does have a fee to enter the park and last I checked, they do have an additional photography fee.

Fort Harrison

This area is filled to the brim with gorgeous locations! I normally shoot just outside the park near the hotel and golf course. This area provides a variety of structures and backdrops for your images, including the old hotel, gazebo, bridge and lake.

The Monon Trail

The Monon Trail expands all throughout the city of Indianapolis and it isn’t just for running and riding bikes. From up north in Westfield all the way downtown, you can find unique alcoves and settings for your next set of family photos. No matter where you live there is sure to be a location on the Monon that isn’t too far away!

Southeastway Park

Located on the south side of town, this popular spot includes a large forest area, a pond, wetland spaces, open fields and lovely meadows. A great location for you and your family if you are located south of downtown!

Holliday Park

Holliday Park is one of Indianapolis’ oldest parks and located on the near northside near Broad Ripple. This park is home to some very picturesque trails near White River along with the one-of-a-kind Holliday Park Ruins.  In addition, your family can explore the nature center or play on the playground following your session!

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Keep in mind that most parks do require a small daily fee for photographers or they may require a yearly pass. These rules and regulations are always changing, but I try to stay up to date and follow the rules as best as possible! Once you book your session, I will work with you to find a location that best suits the needs of you and your family.

If you are thinking about updating your family photos soon, get in touch with me today to set up your next outdoor family or milestone session.


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