1. Great Plains Nature Center
The Great Plains Nature Center is one of the best locations for nature photos in Wichita. It has a variety of spots on the property, including big open fields, forests, bridges, a stream, etc. There are of course parks and nature reserves in town, but I think GPNC is the most centrally located with the most variety. If you’re wanting to look like you’re in the middle of nowhere without driving 30 minutes out of town, this is the place to go. 6232 East 29th St N UNIT 2200, Wichita, KS 67220
2. The Boathouse
The Boathouse is one of my favorite buildings in Wichita. I distinctly recall my Grandma taking me here when I was young so we could have our own little photoshoots. The building is all white with blue doors and has a nice view of the river. It creates a great neutral background with some classic architecture. 515 S Wichita St, Wichita, KS 67202
3. Riverside Park
Riverside Park isn’t really a specific location since it’s so big and has a lot of different areas. There’s beautiful spots by the river, there’s a pond with a gazebo, there’s tons of trees that look beautiful during the fall, there’s a playground, and even a few unique looking buildings. I definitely recommend doing a little exploring and finding some spots that work for you. 720 Nims N, Wichita, KS 67203
4. Klausmeyer Farm
Klausmeyer Farm is a popular farm to visit in the summer for sunflowers and the fall for pumpkins. Depending on what season you’re shooting in, the farm is an excellent location for a little seasonal fun and color. Keep in mind that they might charge a small entrance fee and there’s often a lot of other people there. Check out their Facebook for more info https://www.facebook.com/Klausmeyerpumpkinpatch/. 8135 S 119th St W Clearwater, KS 67026
5. Art Museumn
The Wichita Art Museum is probably my favorite location on this list. The building is surrounded by different art installations and beautiful gardens, and it’s right next to the river. Every shoot I’ve done here turns out so wonderfully and my clients are always happy with the outcome. Another plus is that they close early, so you usually don’t have to worry about running into museum-goers when shooting. 1400 Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203
6. Parking Garages
If a client wants to go downtown or if they ask for an urban location, my go-to is a parking garage. There are a few different parking garages downtown that have a great view of the buildings around it and some of them have fun colors or designs that add a little texture and fun to the concrete look. When looking for a good parking garage keep a few things in mind: safety, parking fees, open hours, and of course whether or not they’re open to the public.
7. Old Town
Similar to Riverside, Old Town isn’t a singular location as much as it’s a large area. All of the buildings are old red bricks with interesting and colorful doors, stairs, and storefronts. Go walk around a little and drop a pin at a few of your favorite spots for your next shoot. I recommend steering clear on weekend nights however, since it’s full of bars and restaurants and there will be tons people walking to and fro.
8. University Campus
Friends University and Wichita State are two beautiful campuses in Wichita, but this tip works for any college town. Campuses are often homes to beautiful old buildings with classical architecture, interesting art installations, and colorful gardens. Even if your photoshoot isn’t for a student at one of those universities, they still make excellent locations for any photoshoot. WSU: 1845 Fairmount St, Wichita, KS 67260. Friends: 2100 W University Ave, Wichita, KS 67213
9. Clifton Sqaure
Clifton Square holds a special place in my heart as someplace I ran around in my younger years and continue to spend a big chunk of my time at. It’s a collection of eclectic buildings and businesses. If your client is wanting something to do during the shoot, this is a great place to grab a beer, an ice cream cone, or a cup of tea. 3700 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67208
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