9 Ann Arbor Photography Locations You’ll Love For Your Engagement and Wedding Photos
There are few places like Ann Arbor, with its distinct personality and diversity, it’s one of those cities that has a lot of offer, especially when it comes to Ann Arbor photography locations. Visitors can enjoy the University of Michigan’s museums filled with historical artifacts or the downtown districts filled with local art galleries, restaurants and music. While locals appreciate the quiet neighborhoods, lush parks and local businesses that remember their customers names. Ann Arbor is nothing if not eclectic and our professional wedding photographers know how to capture that electricity in photos.
We’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands of couples on their Ann Arbor Michigan wedding. From outfits and hair, to choosing a photographer or finding a day where Michigan’s unpredictable weather is just right. And what about location? Lucky for you, Ann Arbor is one of the most beautiful places anywhere! Historic venues, modern city streets, The Big House, Ann Arbor really has it all. With plenty of green space and easy to access locations, this is one aspect of your session where you won’t have to worry.
So, whether you’ve decided to get married at one of the beautiful wedding venues in Ann Arbor or use the downtown area as your backdrop for engagement photos, our wedding photographers have put together a list of the top Ann Arbor photography locations.
1. U of M Law Quad
The striking Gothic-style buildings that make up the University of Michigan Law Quad is architecture at it’s finest. This location may be the single most popular destination in Ann Arbor (particularly for wedding photos). Its classic architecture has a romantic European feel, so if you have classic tastes, this may be the best photo location for you. You don’t have to be a student to be on the grounds just be prepared that you may be battling the crowds.
2.University of Michigan Campus / Stadium
Hail to the Victors! I mean this choice is simple, if you eat, sleep and breath Michigan Football or just the University itself — the campus or the stadium is a no brainer! Mike Staff Productions has taken countless photo sessions here and all of them are touchdowns! (Ha, like what I did there?) Go Blue! Oh, check to make reservations and gain proper access.
3. Graffiti Alley / Michigan Theatre
Talk about cool, edgy and VERY Ann Arbor! Graffiti Alley is full of spectacular artwork. From the walls to the ceiling, everything is covered in graffiti from artists all over the world. Very easy to locate once on East Liberty Street. The alley is affiliated with the Michigan Theater in Downtown Ann Arbor.
4. Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Dreaming of elegant garden photos for your engagement session or wedding day? Matthaei Botanical Gardens is the perfect option. The gardens are full of dreamy greenery and blooming florals. You can easily spend your session seeing all that the Matthaei Botanical Gardens has to offer. Matthaei Botanical Gardens is located north and east of central campus near the U-M East Ann Arbor Health Center and Domino’s Farms. Nichols Arboretum is located on central campus near the U-M hospitals. This is one of those Ann Arbor photography locations that reflect all the best things about Ann Arbor. Gorgeous greenery, delicate flowers, manicured walking paths, the Huron River, and unique architecture. With so much variety, your images will always feel unique.
5. Nichols Arboretum
Nichols Arboretum is just walking distance from the University. The Arb is the largest park in Ann Arbor – 123 acres to be exact – so you’ll have plenty of space full of variety including rolling hills, grassy open fields, wooded areas, maintained gardens, and waterfront views of the Huron River. Nichols Arboretum is also home to the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden and several collections of historic or native plants.
6. Cobblestone Farm
The Cobblestone Farm House was completed in 1845, and has since been restored to reflect its mid-nineteenth century appearance. The farm house sits upon 4-acres. The possibilities are endless with the open field, Cobblestone Farm House, and the Cobblestone Barn.
7. Island Park
Island Park is a 35-acre park in Ann Arbor, which features a 5-acre island located in the middle of the Huron River. The park provides plenty of open space and trees to serve as your perfect backdrop to your engagement or wedding photos.
8. Parker Mill County Park
Parker Mill County Park offers 45-acres of mostly wooded land. Parker Mill County Park features mostly wooded land, along with trails and paved paths to make your way around the park. Flemming Creek runs right through this park, and since it’s smaller you can get right next to the creek for some amazing nature shots. Beautiful bridges also overlook the creek that make for some fun family images. A boardwalk trail and even the mill building and old log cabin are great for unique pictures. The historic operating grist mill is one of the highlights of the park, and one the many photography locations you cannot miss.
9. Gallup Park
One of Ann Arbor’s most popular recreational areas is Gallup Park. Gallup Park is located along the Huron River and Geddes Pond, and offers 69-acres to explore during your photo session. You’ll love the scenic walkways, small islands, and pedestrian bridges.
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