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Choosing an engagement session location can be tough. You’ve finally climbed out of the Pinterest rabbit hole (welcome back) & realized your favorite photos had one thing in common: a natural background. Maybe you’re dreaming of the reds & oranges of fall or bright, lush greenery or a romantic wooded scene. But where can you get that in Indy?! Girl, I got you. Right here is a list of my Top Natural Indianapolis Engagement Locations. Bear in mind these aren’t the only hot spots to have your session. I’ll keep adding to this list as I find hidden gems around the city. 🙂
- Coxhall Gardens, Carmel. I adore this place. It’s huuuuge, easy to access, and brings a mix of natural and a little urban with the amphitheater. Just off 116th st and Town Road, there’s a gorgeous mansion on site with a patio that is great in the spring! And, if you’re still looking for a wedding venue, you can get married in the amphitheater with a tented reception.
- Holcomb Gardens, Butler University. This small park is *always* manicured. There’s a small waterfall, large steps, and a pond with a fountain!
- Holliday Park. I’ve recently discovered this little park & we had our maternity photos done there. The ruins are AMAZING! This would be the perfect fall backdrop at sunset.
- Fort Harrison State Park. On the north-west side, this huge state park is perfect for summer or fall photos. It has open fields, wooded areas, paths, wild grass, a small lake (a large pond?!), and hiking trails.
- Newfields, formally the IMA. Absolutely one of my favorite places to photograph sessions! With a plethora of backgrounds and places to go, it gives such great variety. There’s also a beer garden *ahem, hollaaa* and a greenhouse packed with plants. A $50 photography fee is added, but I promise this place is well worth it!
- Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens. This is an all-year-round place(!!) which you don’t get when looking for a lot of greenery in your images. The conservatory is a loop with a nice pathway & a small waterfall at one end. During warmer months the Sunken Gardens are a great addition to the indoor photos. They only allow one photo shoot per hour which means we won’t have to fight for any good photo spots. 😉 There is a $75 photography fee and $2 entry charge, but just like Newfields, this place is worth it!
Have a favorite spot that isn’t on this list? Tell me! I love learning about new places, especially if it’s special to you. Together we can make *any* location look amazing. Don’t believe me? Check out this styled shoot at Sullivan’s Hardware!