Mill City Ruins Park | Favorite Portrait Locations

In continuation of my favorite portrait location blog series, today I am showcasing my favorite urban location. Have you heard of the stone arch bridge? Then you most likely know about Mill City Ruins Park and the museum. Do you think this is the location for your upcoming portrait session? Find out below!

#1: Light tones!

Mill City Ruins Park is one of my favorite urban locations for many reasons. The best reason is its light tones! What do I mean by this you might be asking yourself? I am talking about the lighter-colored stone that is all throughout this area. Being right across the Museum, the surrounding areas hold a lot of character and architecuter the museum is known for. As a light and airy photographer, urban locations can be tough to photograph with the really dark red brick that tends to be on many older buildings. The stone-washed buildings around this area make it a light and airy photographers dream! The natural colors around this area reflect beautifully off any skin tone, and it has some perfect lighting spots for breathtaking timeless-looking photos!

#2: Lots of variety!

Another reason why it is my favorite is the potential for variety in your session! In one section you are by a busy urban street full of bikers, dog walkers, and other photographers. The other section just a short walk away you are fully immersed in a nature area with old ruins, beautiful greenery, and gorgeous walkways! The options are endless at this location. All in all, Mill City Ruins Park is perfect if you are looking for a mix of both urban and nature in your photos.

#3: Views!

Finally, this location comes with some stunning views! The stone arch bridge is steps away from the parking lot. You can have a gorgeous part of the Minneapolis skyline as a background in your photos without the hassle of driving anywhere else. The views here overlook the river and highlight a really important part of Minneapolis history.

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