I’m always on the lookout for new locations that would make great settings for portraits. New locations are exciting because they offer fresh scenery and plenty of opportunities for me to try new things.
However, I do have some favorite portrait locations around Fort Wayne that I tend to gravitate towards. I pick these places for portraits because of their scenery, variety of posing options, or the quality of light available. I use them over and over again because they’re familiar, and I know how to get the best out of them.
So here is a list of my favorite go-to places for taking portraits around Fort Wayne.
Grand Wayne Center Lobby
I discovered this location when I was photographing Concordia High School’s 2014 graduation. After the ceremony, which took place in the Embassy Theatre, I took some shots of the new graduates as they gathered in the lobby of the Grand Wayne Center. The natural lighting from the lobby’s wide windows was fantastic. That’s what I love about this location. Plus, it’s indoors. It’s a location I can use even if it’s cold or windy or raining outside. And the fantastic window lighting deserves another mention!
I first started using this location because it’s just minutes from my parents’ house, and it was easy to grab a sibling and practice some portraits. IPFW’s campus has a variety of scenery. There’s the bridge over the river, the weeping willow trees along the riverbanks, various patches of woods and trees, as well as parking garages and brick walls that can provide more urban settings. And it’s all gathered together on one convenient campus. That makes it easy to get a variety of looks without traveling all over town.
Foster Park & Lakeside Rose Garden
I know this is technically two places, but they’re similar and I like different things about each of them. In Foster Park there are benches, flower bushes, little groves of trees, walls and walkways, and it’s also right along the river. It’s spacious and pretty well separated from the road, which reduces background distractions like cars or houses.
Lakeside Gardens isn’t as secluded, so background distractions tend to limit the angles I can use, and if I’m there on a Saturday chances are I’ll have to compete with a wedding party for the best locations. But this park does have some neat cement structures, pillars, and fences to use as props. Plus, the plants and flowers that grow in the summer add unique dimension to portraits.
Bonus! Old Factory Next to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum
This one isn’t technically in Fort Wayne, but I love it. I first discovered it when I took senior portraits of my cousin and she knew about it from driving to a pool up in Auburn. Then this past summer I got a job in Auburn, and now I drive past this building every day. I just love the vines climbing up along the texture of old brick and the sporadic broken windows. I really don’t know what this building is. (I even tried some Google searches and came up with nothing.) But it makes a neat background for portraits!
These are my top three go-to places for shooting in Fort Wayne, but this is hardly an exhaustive list of all the great places I’ve found for taking portraits. Fort Wayne and its surrounding areas are full of intriguing scenery. And I’m sure there are plenty more out there that I haven’t even discovered yet!
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