Favorite Summer Photo Locations in St. Paul and the East Metro

When planning photo sessions with my families, one of the top questions I receive is "Where should we go?" There are so many great options in the Cities and the best photo location for you might be somewhere that has a special meaning to your family or a nearby park that you go to often.  If you're looking for ideas in the east metro, here are few of my favorite spots. (Click here for my post on west metro locations)

1. Como Park

Right in St. Paul, Como Park is a great option for families looking for flowers, lush trees and stone walkways. During sessions here, I usually do a loop around the pond and find several gorgeous backdrops along the way.  The Como Conservatory is also nearby in case of rain and the zoo is a fun treat for kids after the session.


2. Silverwood Park

Silverwood Park is nestled on the shores of Silver Lake in St. Anthony, MN and is a park with a focus on arts and the environment. You'll find unique sculptures along its trails, a picturesque bridge going to an island, and many open areas with long prairie grass as well.

3. Lebanon Hills Park

Lebanon Hills in Eagan is a huge park (nearly 2,000 acres!) and offers so much variety for photo sessions. My favorite area is just around the visitor center where you can find a lake, wooded trails, open fields with long grass and wildflowers all within a short walk. This wooden bridge is also a favorite backdrop.


4. Carver Lake Park

With two playgrounds, a beach and plenty of trails, this park is a great option for active families. There is a pretty field with long prairie grass as you enter the park and also many tree-lined trails, wooden fences, bridges and nice backdrops by the lake.


5. Sibley Historic Site

Full of trees, gardens and cute brick buildings, The Historic Sibley House makes a perfect backdrop for a variety of sessions. There's a lot of variety in a relatively small area and weekday mornings are very peaceful and you often have the place to yourself. Picturesque stone steps are great for kids and also families.  There are a couple old fashioned swings in the backyard that are a fun surprise at the end of the session.