9 Fabulous Photography Locations In and Around Bloomington, Indiana

9 Fabulous Photography Locations In and Around Bloomington, Indiana

I’ve lived in Bloomington for almost 11 years now, and while I didn’t grow up here, it certainly feels like home. It’s a beautiful, fun, open-hearted little city, and I’ve spent a lot of time exploring it through photographing my clients. Below are some of my favorite locations to shoot in and around Bloomington. They work for maternity, family, engagement, high school senior or on-location headshot session locations, and they’re not in much of any particular order.

Before you commit to one of these locations for your session, however, I’d love for you to consider if there might be a certain spot that’s special to you and your partner or family. For example, the place you got engaged, or a spot where you’ve spent a lot of time together. I love to shoot in new locations, and would happily try out a space that is unique and special to you!

 

Sherwood Oaks Park

Sherwood Oaks Park, nestled on the south side in the Sherwood Oaks Neighborhood, has some of the best location variety packed into it. There’s a cute playground for the kids (and humorous newlyweds-to-be!), a creek with a great bridge running over it, beautiful hiking trails in the large woods, and the easier to walk and equally beautiful Clear Creek Trail, a paved trail running along a large open, grassy field with an old red barn at one end. I’ve had so much fun in that field with adventurous clients!

IU Campus

The Indiana University Bloomington Campus is a favorite location for current students, faculty, and tons of alumni, and for good reason. The buildings are beautifully timeless. It’s always impeccably landscaped. But more than anything, it means so much to so many people, myself included. Many of us did a lot of learning and growing up there, and it’s a special place to us–what I believe is most important in choosing a photography session location!

Fountain Square Mall

I’m so thankful for this great indoor location! It’s gotten me through southern Indiana winters and many unexpected rainy days over the years. It has lots of big windows and natural light, beautiful filigree stairs, a glass elevator, gorgous fountain, a super fun Wizard of Oz mural, a skywalk and is so very pretty over the holidays with all the twinkly lights.

Brown County State Park

Brown County isn’t exactly Bloomington, I know, but you really can’t find a more beautiful natural location in the fall than here, and it’s only about a fifteen minute drive from Bloomington! The overlooks are absolutely incredible, there are tons of open, grassy fields, cute cabins and tree lines. Not to mention, an interesting “shore line” type area at Ogle Lake!

Flatwoods Park

Flatwoods Park is another location a little off the Bloomington path, located out near Ellettsville/Gosport, but it’s a really nice, sun-drenched change of scenery. The old, graceful willow trees sway in the breeze in time with the long grass, through which walking paths are cut. It is so dreamy at sunset. Oh, and a sweet little foot bridge!

The B-line Trail

The B-line Trail is a goldmine for urban, artsy backgrounds, and it’s definitely a client favorite. There are lots of murals and sculptures, a few bridges, and some of my favorite urban alleys along the way. It’s a fun walk, and I typically recommend shooting on the B-line or downtown for sessions without small children who are walking on their own, as it is a high traffic area.

Harris Ford Bridge at Clear Creek Trail

The Harris Ford Bridge was originally introduced to me by a client, and I’m so grateful! Chad and Jessica, pictured below with baby Liam both inside and outside the womb, wanted to shoot at the bridge for their maternity session, and then we came back later when Liam was older. The best way to find it is to park at the Church Lane Trailhead and walk up the trail. There’s a creek running under the bridge, too, which is great for families with kiddos who are old enough to know not to go for a swim in the creek!

Kirkwood Avenue

Walk Kirkwood from the square to the Sample Gates, and you’ll get an incredible amount of urban variety, like some really nicely-lit alleyways (Oddfellows is a favorite!), and some great street art. You can take almost any cross street off Kirkwood and find some pretty brick or an interesting door, and of course you’ll end at the Sample Gates for a beautiful shot down Kirkwood!

The Story Inn

The Story Inn is a bit of a drive into the woods of Brown County, but it’s so very much worth it! It’s a treasure trove of rustic simplicity, old barn wood and pretty gardens. And you can grab a delicious lunch or dinner after your shoot at their on-site café!

I am currently booking regular sessions through the winter and spring. Contact me via the form below for more information or if you’re ready to book your session. I’d love to get you on my 2018 calendar! 🙂

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9 Fabulous Photography Locations In and Around Bloomington, Indiana

Zoey B. | Bloomington Indiana Senior Photography

High school seniors are one of my favorite subjects to photograph–they’re so bright and hopeful and full of life. Thank you, Zoey, for choosing me to commemorate such an important time in your life. I wish you all the very best!

9 Fabulous Photography Locations In and Around Bloomington, Indiana

Alyson & Jason | Bloomington Indiana Maternity Photographer

Winter in Indiana can be daunting for photographers, especially those who like to get outside and shoot on-location. I, for one, don’t want to subject an expecting mother to some of the cold temperatures we get! That’s where Fountain Square Mall in downtown Bloomington comes in! Lots of windows and natural light, fun accents like the Wizard of Oz mural, and best of all, the twinkle lights during the holidays!

9 Fabulous Photography Locations In and Around Bloomington, Indiana

Icarus Photography featured in Bloom Magazine’s Annual Wedding Guide

I am so excited to share that one of my favorite couple’s weddings was chosen to be featured in Bloom Magazine’s 11th Annual Wedding Guide. Thank you, Sarah and Jourdan, for sharing your beautiful story with us! You can see more images from their wedding here, or here. Follow the link above or below to the full feature and wedding guide.

Click here for the rest of Sarah and Jourdan’s love story!

9 Fabulous Photography Locations In and Around Bloomington, Indiana

Tom & Lindsey | Bloomington Indiana Wedding Photography

Tom and Lindsey tied the knot at St. Paul Catholic Center in Bloomington Indiana on June 18, 2016. Family and friends affectionately and proudly addressed them with their official titles, Dr. & Dr. Tom & Lindsey Lucas, as both have recently earned their PhDs from Indiana University. Their colorful ceremony and reception details included the bridesmaids wearing the shades of the rainbow, and the cutest cake, inspired by Japanese animated film My Neighbor Totoro. Post-ceremony celebrations took place at the elegant Fountain Square Mall Ballroom in downtown Bloomington. I wish you both all the very best!

9 Fabulous Photography Locations In and Around Bloomington, Indiana

Sarah & Jourdan | Bloomington Indiana Wedding Photographer

Sarah and Jourdan’s wedding was one of the most love and happy tear-filled ceremonies I’ve ever photographed. They were married on the lawn outside the Clubhouse at the Fields, where an uncle in a great rainbow bow-tie officiated, mentioning in the ceremony how much of an honor it was to officiate Sarah and Jourdan’s marriage, who only a little over a year earlier wouldn’t have been legally allowed to marry in the state of Indiana. Sarah & Jourdan met as students at IU, and after graduating, moved away to start new jobs and get additional degrees. They then came back to Bloomington to tie the knot. It was an absolute honor to share in and document their beautiful day!
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9 Fabulous Photography Locations In and Around Bloomington, Indiana

The Goddess Series | Bloomington Indiana Fine Art Photographer

The Goddess Series was premiered at the Bloomington Indiana Gallery Walk in October of 2016. Now that the show is down, I am so happy to share it with the rest of the world. Many thanks to Royale Hair Parlor for the gallery space, and to my talented models: Kristan Lynch, Jeni Waters, Georgia Boonshoft, Holly James, Austin Absher, and Lauren Sagendorph.

These portraits examine feminism and symbolism in Greek mythology by re-imagining six Greek goddesses: Gaia, Persephone, Hecate, Leda, Artemis, and Athena.

Gaia

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Persephone

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Hecate

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Leda

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Artemis

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Athena

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9 Fabulous Photography Locations In and Around Bloomington, Indiana

Chad & Kimi | Bloomington Indiana Wedding Photography

Chad & Kimi didn’t stress much over a rainstorm rolling in right at the start of their outdoor ceremony. The ceremony and reception took place at Century Suites & The Village Inn in Bloomington, IN, and was perfect no matter the weather. Congratulations, Kimi & Chad!

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