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Monday, April 29, 2019

Where to Take the Perfect Graduation Photos

Categories: General, Indiana University

Kirkwood Avenue

Tulips & Kirkwood

The main street down downtown Bloomington is a great place for the perfect shot. Surely, one of your favorite restaurants or shops is on Kirkwood so why not get the iconic road as your backdrop? 
Idea: Try to grab a photo in the middle of the crosswalk at Kirkwood and Indiana. Just remember to be safe! 

Sample Gates

Sample Gates with Tulips

This is an obvious one. The Sample Gates welcomed you as a freshman, so it's only right to say goodbye to IU with a photo of you in your cap and gown in front of the iconic limestone gates.
Tip: Pick an off time to take your photos at the Sample Gates. This is a popular place to take pictures so it can get pretty crowded. 

Dunn Meadow

Trees, Jordan River, the Indiana Memorial Union, what more do you need? This is why Dunn Meadow is worth checking to get the shot. The greenery and limestone create the perfect background for your grad pics. 

Old Crescent

old crescent

The Old Crescent is filled with beautiful landscaping which perfectly captures IU's essence. Get under one of the many trees, in the Rose Well House, or next to Herman B Wells and say cheese! 
Idea: Get a shot of you shaking Herman B Wells hand. It's good luck!

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall


Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is a quintessential spot for IU students. There, you learned Hoosier spirits and traditions, cheered on the home team, and probably got emotional during senior night. Wherever it be in Assembly Hall, the photo is guaranteed to be great and meaningful. 
Tip: Don't forget to check Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall's hours. They are open most weekdays. 

Your School

Toss that cap in the air and say peace out to the place where you spent most of your time learning and growing (and stressing).

Showalter Fountain

showalter fountain

If the Sample Gates is the #1 place to take graduation photos, Showalter Fountain is an easy second. Added bonus, the warm weather means the fountain is on which is sure to make the photo even better. 
Idea: Grab your friends and take a group shot sitting at the fountain. 

People's Park Mural


One of the most Insta-worthy spots downtown is the mural at People's Park on Kirkwood Ave. The bright mural that reads "Bloomington, you belong here" is the perfect sendoff.


Nia Jones

Nia Jones

Nia is Visit Bloomington’s Content Coordinator. As soon as she stepped foot on IU's campus, she realized she found a forever-home in Bloomington. Her favorite thing about B-Town is the diversity and culture that is found in this small town in the Midwest.  She enjoys exploring new places around town and cheering on the Hoosiers.