Indoor Photo Locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul - Sarah Elizabeth Photography MN

With colder temps upon us, I’m sharing a few of my favorite indoor photography locations in the Cities. These are great spots for photos during the winter months or on a rainy day.

Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is my go to spot for indoor photos in Minneapolis. I love the modern design and large windows. The Amber room on the top floor is especially fun for silhouettes and the gorgeous views of the Mississippi River.


Como Conservatory

I love doing photo sessions in the Como Conservatory, especially in the middle of winter. It’s such a nice warm escape from the cold - you feel like you’ve gone to the tropics! There are several rooms filled with a variety of plants and flowers and the Sunken Garden area changes seasonally. For some more fun (or a bribe for the kids) after your photo session, you can tour the zoo which is located right next to the conservatory.

(Como charges a $25 photography permit fee.)


Union Depot

I just discovered Union Depot about a year ago and it’s become one of my favorite spots in St. Paul for indoor photos. Whenever I’ve been there it hasn’t been very crowded and there is plenty of open space for kids or larger groups. And while this is a great location for colder days, it's also a good option in the summer. The columns at the front entrance make a nice classic backdrop, the inside is a good spot to cool off, and picturesque Mears Park is just a block away.


MN History Center

Located on the edge of downtown St. Paul, the Minnesota History Center is filled with beautiful light and classic backdrops. The best photo areas are all centrally located so it’s easy to cover a few spots in a short amount of time and without much walking.


Walker Art Center

The Walker is a fantastic location especially if you like light, clean, modern backgrounds. The lobby area is filled with gorgeous window light and white benches and walls. There are also stairways and some fun seating nooks.

(Walker charges a $50 photography permit fee, and is available Tuesdays - Fridays only.)