Picturesque Spots to Take Family Photos in Indy

Are you looking for locations to take family photos in Indianapolis? The good news is that there are lots of beautiful places to photograph in and around Indy! We found 10 lovely locations that will be the perfect setting for your next family photoshoot.

10 Places Around Indianapolis to take Family Photos:

Coxhall Gardens

This well-groomed Carmel park is great for full-sun photos and photos at sunrise or sunset. The Children’s Garden makes for a cute and fun photo background for children’s photos, too. | 11677 Towne Rd, Carmel

Coxhall Gardens, courtesy of Visit Hamilton County

Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Gardens

You’ll find a few locations for photos here: a greenhouse with lush flowers and greenery in the Conservatory, a wide-open and manicured landscape in the Sunken Gardens, and railroad track and bridge further into the gardens. Note that a photo permit is required for professional photoshoots. | 2432 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis

Hague Road Nature Haven 

A gorgeous destination for hiking and creek stomping. This nature preserve in Hamilton County also makes a gorgeous setting for family photos. | SR 38 and Hague Rd., Noblesville

Heritage Park at White River 

This charming park is so beautiful that it also serves as a wedding and special event venue. The historic Ambassador House and Heritage Gardens located on the grounds makes a great background to family photos. | 10595 Eller Rd., Fishers

Holcomb Gardens 

Located on the Butler University campus, Holcomb Gardens has several picturesque features all around the grounds. Including a lake, waterfalls, gazebo, and beautiful peonies and roses that bloom in the spring and early summer. | 4600 Sunset Ave. Indianapolis

Holcomb Gardens

Holliday Park 

One of the oldest parks in Indianapolis is also one of the most picture-perfect for family photos, especially in the fall when the leaves on the mature trees change colors. Photo ops abound near the creeks of the White River, and also by the unique Holliday Park Ruins. | 6363 Spring Mill Rd.. Indianapolis

Kawachinagano Japanese Garden 

Located just off the Monon Trail in Carmel’s city center, this public Japanese garden is especially beautiful as a photo location in the spring, when the cherry blossom trees are in bloom. | 1 Civic Square, Carmel

Kawachinagano Japanese Garden 

Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve 

This Fishers hidden gem, and is a great spot if you’re looking for more privacy during your photoshoot. Bonus: There’s a boardwalk that meanders over a creek, which makes a charming setting for photos. | 10410 Hague Rd., Fishers

Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres at Newfields 

Visit in spring when the flowers are in bloom, or any time of the year to snap photos by the sculptures and artwork located all around the Newfields grounds. Note that a permit is required before taking professional photos at Newfields, which can be found on the Newfields website. | 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis

White River State Park/The Canal Walk

Downtown Indianapolis provides a great backdrop for colorful, urban photos. This area of downtown has it all: greenery, brick walls, water features, and public art. | 801 W Washington St, Indianapolis

Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe is the editor of Indy's Child and Southwest Ohio Parent magazines. She has a BA in Journalism from California State University Northridge, and has been involved in the print and digital publishing world for most of her life. Born and raised in Southern California, Nicole traded the city and sun for corn and creeks, and now lives in central Indiana with her husband, two sons and Collie. Her latest book for children, “All About Me! Art Journal” was published in 2022 by Walter Foster Jr. In her spare time, she likes traveling with her family, enjoying good food and drink, volunteering at her children’s schools and around her community, and practicing yoga.

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