A recent day trip to Indianapolis led me to a few beautiful locations, two of which I have managed to never have gone to until today! Anyone in Indiana knows that Indianapolis is the perfect city in the center of our state to take a short day trip and get away for a bit. From all the shops and restaurants to the parks and museums, there is something for everyone.
As a foodie and photographer, I am right at home spending some time in the Crossroads of America (which is of course the Motto for Indiana but originally was the nickname for Indianapolis). For the portrait photographers out there, I thought I would share details of these three perfect locations for all types of portrait work. I must emphasize that NO trip to Indy is complete without snagging some of the best ramen I have ever had at Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya.
Without further ado, here are my three location recommendations for your next portrait session or day trip.
First on the list is Holliday Park. This location has plenty to explore, with one of the most stunning Nature Centers, miles of trails, playgrounds for the kids, and of course these amazing Ruins. Would you believe these ruins feature sculptures from a torn down skyscraper from New York!? It is a very interesting stor. Be sure to read about it in person or on their website.
From a portrait photographer's perspective, this location has a great variety of atmospheres, from forest and trails to brick, ruins, and the gardens.
If you thought Holliday Park was extensive, then you will be very happy at Newfields. We primarily explored the exterior areas. Our favorite spots include the Lilly House, Greenhouses, and the Gardens in general. It is a beautiful path that leads you around to many different areas to explore.
For portraits, I highly recommend spending some time in their stunning Greenhouses as well as the vast and amazing property around The Lilly House.
This is, of course, an iconic monument right at the heart of Indianapolis. It is a spacious area surrounded by plenty of fun shops to explore. When available, you can even get a tour inside and up to the top of this monument! Of course, I may have taken a shortcut to earn that view with a drone.
Between the stunningly detailed sculptures you can observe an all sides, to the architecture all around, this is a great spot for a variety of types of portrait work.
Here are two aerial videos showcasing two of these locations, as well as some of my favorite photos.
Founder and visual artist, specializing in all aspects of a businesses presence from imagery and video to graphics and web. A graduate of IPFW with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Concentration Photography as well as an Associates Degree in Business. His personal photography works are focused on landscape, travel, and aerial photography.