Capturing Cleveland: The best outdoor locations for senior portraits!

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June 3, 2024

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Cleveland, Ohio, known for its rich history and vibrant arts scene, is also a treasure trove of stunning outdoor locations perfect for senior portraits. Cleveland offers a variety of scenic spots that cater to all styles, whether it’s casual, formal or edgy. Here are some of my favorite outdoor places in and around Cleveland for the Class of 2025!

1. Edgewater Park

Located along the shores of Lake Erie, Edgewater Park is one of my new favorites. This park provides a versatile backdrop with its sandy beaches, grassy areas, and the iconic Cleveland skyline. The sunsets here are particularly breathtaking, offering a golden hour glow that can elevate any photo.

Senior portrait session at Edgewater Beach, Cleveland.

2. University Circle

University Circle is home to several of Cleveland’s most iconic institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Wade Lagoon, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. The area’s blend of historical buildings, serene water features, and lush gardens provides endless possibilities for creative shots.

Senior portraits at the Cleveland Art Museum by Wade Lagoon.

3. The Flats

The Flats is Cleveland’s vibrant waterfront district where the Cuyahoga River meets Lake Erie. With its industrial bridges, colorful murals, and bustling boardwalks, The Flats offer an urban chic atmosphere perfect for edgy and modern photoshoots.

4. Wade Oval

Wade Oval, in the heart of University Circle, is a dynamic green space surrounded by Cleveland’s cultural institutions. The open lawn, seasonal blooms, and scenic pond create a peaceful and picturesque environment ideal for a variety of photoshoots.

senior photo shoot, cleveland, Wade Oval, Uniersity Circle, Cleveland Art Museum

5. Gordon Square Arts District

Gordon Square Arts District is a hub of creativity and culture in Cleveland. This area features vibrant murals, unique architecture, and bustling streets filled with art galleries and theaters. It’s perfect for capturing the essence of urban art and culture.

senior portraits, gordon square arts district, cleveland, ohio

6. Chagrin Falls

Just a short drive from Cleveland, Chagrin Falls is a charming village known for its scenic waterfall in the center of town. The historic architecture, quaint shops, and picturesque falls provide a storybook setting for any photoshoot.

Chagrin Falls offers a scenic backdrop for senior portaits, engagement and family sessions.

7. Cleveland Public Library

The Main Library in downtown Cleveland consists of the historic Main Library Building built in 1925 and renovated in 1999; the Louis Stokes Wing completed in 1997; and the Eastman Reading Garden located between the two buildings. A grand staircase, winding stairs, gold doors and beautiful marble are the perfect backdrop for any senior session.

8. Orchard Hills Park

Nestled in the heart of Chesterland, Ohio, Orchard Park is a hidden gem that offers a stunning backdrop for all types of photos. The mix of dense forests and expansive meadows means you can easily find a spot that suits your desired aesthetic. And to top it off there’s a little pond and apple trees, since it is just down the hill from Patterson Fruit Farm.

9. Edgewater Yacht Club

The proximity of Edgewater Yacht Club to downtown Cleveland means that you can capture the impressive skyline from a unique vantage point. The combination of the marina and the cityscape in the background offers a perfect blend of natural and urban elements. EYC is a private club.

10. Jane Osler Creative Studio

Last, but definitely not least, Jane Osler Creative Studio, located in the Bratz Manor, a renovated century-old neoclassic revival, including the ornate, two story double columns on either side, the big, front-facing balconies on all three floors, and more. It offers my clients the option to do in-studio as well as outdoor sessions. It’s located on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio across from St. Edward High School.

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