Best spots to take graduation photos in Louisville, KY

The Rounsavall Family Foundation Plaza Fountain | Photo by Hannah Reed of @waterfrontgardens

Cue “Pomp and Circumstance,” because this weekend, a new crop of graduates will be turning their tassels to the side to celebrate their graduationwhich means it’s time to break out the cameras for a photo op

Students from the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, Sullivan University, and Simmons College of Kentucky will have their commencement ceremonies on Sat., May 14 — at the KFC Yum! Center, Freedom Hall, Southeast Christian Church + St. Stephen Church. 

Rounding out graduation season will be Jefferson Community & Technical College students, who will walk on Thurs., May 19 at the Kentucky International Convention Center downtown. 

If you’ve been cramming for finals up to this point, we get that you haven’t had time for a proper photoshoot, which is why we’ve rounded up 11 locations for your collegiate close-up

For nature lovers 

Get stunning local flora in the background of your shot at the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood or lounge in front of the Rounsavall Family Foundation Plaza Fountain at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens for a dreamy aquatic look. If stately buildings are your jam, strike a pose on the steps of The Olmsted at its lush Frankfort Avenue campus. 

For a good view of the city 

You’ve been around the institutional block which is why you should snag a photo with the historic buildings of Whiskey Row. Down the street, the Romanesque facade of Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery will convey your scholarly prowess. Round out your city views with a pic next to Serkan Özkaya’s “David” statue outside of 21c Museum Hotel

A Gilded Age mansion in Old Louisville | Photo by @theloutoday 

Classic spots 

Brick walls + graduates are a match made in photography heaven, and that’s what you’ll find at the 19th century Heigold House Facade on Frankfort Avenue. Stroll down 3rd Street in Old Louisville for a photo in front of the city’s Gilded Age mansionsmany of which have blooming flowers out front — or head west for a photo by the fountain in St. James Court. Remember — homes in Old Louisville are private residences, so respect their homeowners by not taking photos on their steps. 

Colorful backdrops 

Grab a photo by the Greetings from Louisville mural on Central Avenue — we think a mid-air jump shot would look cool here. Then head to Shelby Street for a colorful picture at the Sugar Room’s psychedelic mural (stay after for a soft serve cone). 

Pro tip: Local photographer Rebecca McGregor still has openings for graduation portraits. Tell her LOUtoday sent you

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