Outdoor Location Ideas

Choosing a location for your session is one of the first (and fun!) steps in the photography process. A beautiful backdrop and lovely light not only creates timeless, luminous images, but makes picture-taking a calming and refreshing experience; everyone delights in spending time with loved ones out in the fresh air and encountering the area’s finest parks, gardens and cityscapes. The following  list will help give you some ideas for your preferred location/scenery in the Greater Cincinnati area:

AULT PARK (Cincinnati): Gardens, paths/walkways, tree groves, lush greenery in spring/summer, fall foliage in autumn

EDEN PARK (Cincinnati): Small pond, bridge, stone steps, flowering spring trees; Next to Krohn Conservatory is a lovely grove with walkways, lush trees; across from Krohn Conservatory there are steps that lead up to a hilltop park, it is very pretty especially at golden hour…the sun sparkles through the trees as it sets

WASHINGTON PARK (Cincinnati): Large green space, cityscape, historic and picturesque Cincinnati Music Hall, large building mural

SPRING GROVE CEMETERY (Cincinnati): Historic (150+ years old), over 700-acre cemetery full of beautiful trees/groves, ponds, gothic architecture and especially lovely in spring/fall

LAKE ISABELLA (Loveland): Quiet wooded park situated on local lake, pretty in summer and fall, nice play area and green space

NISBET PARK (Loveland): Lovely park snuggled in between the sparkling Little Miami river and gorgeous Little Miami bike trail, and the cute and quaint downtown Loveland, especially pretty when full of fall color

BIG TREE PLANTATION (Morrow): Refreshing backdrop of greens/ rows of Christmas trees and expansive winter skies; a bon-fire, hot cocoa, gift shop, and vintage holiday music floating over the air… an ultimate holiday tradition and beautiful fall/wintry scene *November-December, simple setting for a standard session and if you want a more detailed documentary-style session, see details for Memory Keeper sessions Note: $30 additional fee to shoot here per plantation policy; client to pay this fee)

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LEBANON (Lebanon): Beautiful old brick buildings, small shops and city streets, decorative doors, old-fashioned ice cream parlor, coffee shop and pretty twinkling white lights near Christmas-time (nice place to visit if you wanted to hang around post-session)

HARMON PARK (Lebanon): Quiet community park with green space and wooded areas, pretty in summer and fall and within close proximity to historic downtown

SHARON WOODS (Sharonville): “a mixture of forests and fields with towering oak, hickory and beech trees and an 11-acre lake” (per Metro Parks website) This location is absolutely lovely in the fall, and there is a rustic/wood bridge along a trail over the river on a trail through the woods (Gorge Trail)

GEORGE ROGERS CLARK PARK (Covington, KY) A charming park alongside the Ohio River (Riverside Drive area) and snuggled in between beautiful old homes in a historic neighborhood; think old iron gates, brick, cobblestone, lovely aged trees and pretty architecture

ARLINGTON MEMORIAL GARDENS (Mount Healthy) Quiet, large old trees, pond, small bridge, pretty in summer/fall

GLENWOOD GARDENS (Glendale/Cincinnati): “Beautifully landscaped with paved and nature trails, formal gardens, prairies, forests and wetlands, Glenwood Gardens is a great escape from the daily grind.” (www.greatparks.org)

WINTON WOODS (Springfield Twp): 2,555-acre park with over 2 miles of walking trails, a lake/harbor, expansive fields and forests, another lovely fall destination

JOHN T. NIEMAN NURSERY (Hamilton/Ross): Another beautiful Christmas tree farm in the quiet country, “after picking out the perfect tree, come into the Christmas Barn to get warm next to our wood burning stove and enjoy a complimentary cup of hot chocolate and a cookie.” (per website) *November-December, simple setting for a standard session and if you want a more detailed documentary-style session, see details for Memory Keeper sessions

PLEASE NOTE: Some locations require permits/passes/parking for visits, please be aware of this ahead of time and have payment ready at entry; clients are responsible for their visit fees, photographer will cover photographer’s entry fees. This list is just the beginning of many, many lovely locations sprinkled throughout Great Cincinnati…I am always open to new suggestions, and even a shoot in your home/backyard! 🙂






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