Is it time to update your family photos? Spring, Summer, and Fall are all great season to take outdoor photos, and provide a variety of scenery. In the spring you’ll have bright greenery, budding trees, and early flowers. Summertime features lush green and an abundance of flowers, including roses, wildflowers, sunflowers, and more. Fall can’t be beat with beautiful fall leaves, mums, pumkins, cozy sweaters, boots…you can’t get more perfect than that!
Whether you want nature, a barn, waterfalls, a train, wildflowers, a lake, or more – you’ll find it in Columbus! I polled my readers for some of their favorite photography locations in Columbus and came up with a great list! Grab a photographer or your own camera and catch some beautiful photos in Columbus.
Best photography locations in Columbus
Scioto Mile and Riverfront Park: Great view of the city, walking paths, woods, Scioto River, beautiful landscaping, fountains, seasonal flowers, “porch” swings.
German Village: Brick streets, beautiful buildings with character, and lots of brick and stone, landscaping
Frank Fetch Park: Benches, brick paths, beautiful gardens and landscaping, large trees
Schiller Park: Garden lined brick paths, stone columns, small lake, large trees, wooden bridge
Short North, Italian Village, and German Village: Find unique brick buildings and streets, murals, and so much variety on the side streets in these communities.
Park of Roses in Clintonville: Plenty of trees and variety of gardens that have something to offer through all seasons. Roses are in bloom off and on from May – September, depending on variety.
Topiary Park: Living art topiaries, small pond, landscaping, fountain, gazebo
Columbus Museum of Art: Indoor option; reservations and fee required.
Franklin Park Conservatory: Sessions must be scheduled, and there is a fee for taking professional photos. Indoor options as well as outdoor. Some displays and exhibits change with the season.
Gantz Park, Grove City: Brick and stone paths, barn, beautiful landscaping, large trees, labyrinth,
Ohio State University and Ohio Stadium: Ohio State campus has so many photos options with landscaping, old buildings, brick paths, Mirror Lake, mature trees, and more. You can also make reservations to take photos in Ohio Stadium for a fee for the biggest Buckeye fans.
Coffman Park in Dublin: Bridges, small bodies of water, stone pavilions, white barn, fence, landscaping, public art
Scioto Park in Dublin: paths, mature trees, landscaping, access to rocks along the river, wooden bridge, and the famous Chief Leatherlips head.
Indian Run Falls in Dublin: Wooded area with trails, waterfall, and a bridge
Hayden Falls between Dublin and Hilliard: Waterfall with viewing area, wooden boardwalk through the woods that lead to the waterfall. Best after a rain when the falls are full. Very scenic area and the falls drown out all of the city noise.
Liberty Church in Powell: Old barn, stone building, landscaping, stone arches, wood log fences, small waterfall feature, wooded area
Ohio Statehouse Rotunda and Ohio Statehouse grounds: Outside offers paths, large columns, steps, and beautiful landscaping. Photo permit required.
The Everal Barn & Homestead at Heritage Park in Westerville: White barn and brick building, nice landscaping, beautiful lake
Inniswood Metro Gardens in Westerville: Streams and woodlands, themed gardens,
Historical Village in Hilliard: Old school house and chapel, red train, log cabin, covered bridge, granary, gazebo
Homestead Park in Hilliard: Covered bridge, picket fences, barns, trains, tractor, pond, and more.
Creekside in Gahanna: Creek with rock area you can stand on, ducks, woods, paddleboats, wooden boardwalk, fountains, and woodland paths.
Prairie Oaks Metro Park: Lake, wooden bridges, path with tree canopy, wildflowers, and more
Columbus Metro Parks: All of these 19 parks have beautiful scenery that are stunning for photos. All seasons are great at the MetroPark photos due to the mature trees and beautiful colors.
Dawes Arboretum in Newark: So many landscapes to choose from with lakes, bridges, woods, beautiful flowers, Japanese garden, walking paths, Red Barn, and more. It’s worth the drive, but drive the driving path to scope out your favorite spots first! There is an admission fee now, and professional photographers pay for an annual membership.
Where is your favorite place to take photos? Apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and Christmas Tree Farms are also fun places in season, but please get permission from the orchard and farm owners before scheduling photos unless your photographer has already scheduled sessions.