Top 5 Summer Photo Locations in Minneapolis and West Metro

With summer just around the corner, I am sharing my top 5 favorite summer photo locations in Minneapolis and the west metro. (check back next week for St. Paul and the east metro!)

1. Millennium Garden, Plymouth

If you have ever been to Millennium Garden, you know of its beauty. Tucked down a hill behind the Plymouth Creek Center, it is an amazing garden with manicured lawns, long grassy areas, a hidden waterfall, a pond, a labyrinth, and so many varieties of flowers. A little gardener's shed is also a cute backdrop for children's photos.

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2. Guthrie Theater - Mill Ruins Park, Minneapolis

There is plenty of variety in this urban Minneapolis location. From the modern and angular lines of the Guthrie Theater, the grassy hillside and paths along the river, to the ruins of Mill Ruins Park. The Stone Arch Bridge is just a quick walk from here as well.

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3. Lake Harriet Rose Garden and Lyndale Peace Garden, Minneapolis

During the summer, this garden is filled with row after row of the most beautiful roses. There is also a fountain, lots of open grassy areas, and across the road is the Lyndale Peace Garden.  Stopping by the lake at the end of the session for a few sunset shots is fun too. While this area can get crowded, the right time and spots make for a great photo session location.

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4. Minnehaha Falls Park, Minneapolis, MN

This park is a favorite of mine anytime of the year, and it's especially beautiful in the summer. Along with the dramatic backdrop of the falls, there are trails, stone bridges, an old historic house and train station, and a vine covered walkway. As an added bonus, you can follow up your session with lunch or ice cream at the Sea Salt Eatery.

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5. Boom Island Park, Minneapolis, MN

This is my number one favorite location right now for a summer photo session. It has everything I look for in a location, from variety (there are tree lined trails, steps, a wooden bridge, the river and the Minneapolis skyline) to ways to filter gorgeous light, and it's usually not very crowded.

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There's no better time than summer to explore these beautiful locations. Do you see a spot where you'd like to have your photos taken this year? Contact me, I would love to chat with you about your session!