School is out and it is high time to start thinking about senior portraits. For the yearbook, the homogeneous photos used in the standard composites are usually free. Extra photos packages taken at the same time offer some differentiation, but are still fairly uniform. Seniors seeking to sport their individuality need to arrange a private session, and find a location to suit their personality.
Senior photos taken in a private session are well suited for headshots for jobs or auditions, as well as create beautiful senior dedication pages that truly reflect the personality and style of your senior as they embark on this important transition in life. We work with a lot of seniors to create these photojournalistic tributes, and selecting the right location is always the toughest part of the process. The same holds true for family photos, so we decided to put together a post with highlighting locations in the Atlanta, Georgia area to offer inspiration to seniors and families alike.
Address: 95 Mill St, Roswell, GA 30075
Permit Required: $50
Roswell Mill is a scenic landmark featuring a historic mill, covered bridge & a man-made waterfall. Hiking trails also offer many places for beautiful nature shots among the trees, rocks and flowers. The area is a photographer’s pleasure as there are lots of rustic, clean places covered in shade (which is best for photo editing and to avoid squinty eyes). It also has bathrooms and is an easy walk from the ample parking lot.
Goat Farm Arts Center
Address: 1200 Foster St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Update: The Goat Farm is now only for tenants, which we are not one. Sad news for us.
Originally built in the 1800s as an industrial complex, in the past decade the Goat Farm has morphed into a center for inspiring the arts. A popular location for events and filming, the center offers an urban vibe with modern beauty and historic undertones. It has been used to film iconic productions like The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and offers a storied Atlanta backdrop for seniors venturing off in the world, or looking to align themselves with the Atlanta film industry.
Address: Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30309
Atlanta’s most famous park offers a huge variety of locations, blending nature and the picturesque Atlanta skyline in the background. The lake, trees, fields and flowers offer a variety of settings in a single shoot, and compositing nature and the distinct setting of Atlanta proper in every shot. This setting is ideal for engagement photoshoots, family photoshoots and senior photos alike. Its central location, versatility and affinity for Atlanta makes it one of our favorite locations to shoot.
Address: 248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
At first blush, shooting in a cemetery sounds morbid. However, Atlanta’s oldest cemetery is also a historical landmark, with old beauty encrusted throughout the site. Typically the pictures do not betray the morbose, but rather reveal some stunning settings in an edgy place. Because it has been maintained and contributed to by so many old Atlantan families, the flora and fauna, not to mention the quiet benches and impressive sculptures, are a photographer’s dream. You can shoot Oakland Cemetery over and over again with different beautiful results each time. This setting is ideal for bold and edgy seniors & old souls alike.
Address: 685 Glynn St S, Fayetteville, GA 30214
Fees: $25 per hour, on the honor system
Located south of Atlanta, this photographer and painter’s paradise was originally established in 1936 by the Stinchcomb family as a vegetable farm. In the 1978, they swapped the vegetables for a nursery and established their notorious gardens built around centerpieces like arches, doors, windows, benches and swings that offer a distinctly eclectic vibe. The lake sports swans and the surrounding fields offer dense patches of wildflowers that make for a variety of beautiful photos in a very small location. It is such a beautiful place, even HGTV has profiled it.
Sope Creek Papermill Ruins
Address: Brook Hollow Cir, Marietta, GA 30067
Tucked into East Cobb county, Sope Creek Park offers an easy half mile hike to some incredible stone ruins of a paper mill destroyed by Union troops during the Civil War. Surrounded by trees and a glassy pond, the variety of scenery offers endless fodder for photography. And of course, the castle-like ruins carved from the south’s Civil War history creates a perfect canvas for our Georgain sons and daughters.
Powers Island — Cochran Shoals
Address: 5450 Interstate N Pkwy, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Situated near Vinings, Powers Island is somewhat of a hidden gem within the popular Cochran Shoals Park. Serene and often deserted, this nook of the park offers a 2.5 mile loop crossing a metal bridge to the island, an inlet, and arguably the most scenic spots on the Chattahoochee river’s banks. A bit long, and some moderate hiking, shooting on this location offers a day of exploring and adventure, while offering a wide variety of Kodak moments along the way to capture seniors on Atlanta’s iconic Chattahoochee river.
Address: 8715 Atlanta Newnan Rd, Palmetto, GA 30268
Permit Required: $100 for the whole day per photographer (could be shared among families)
Costley Mill Park
Address: Near Conyers, address provided upon appointment
A private park located in Conyers that we have access to (Note: for others, this park charges $50 per hour for photoshoots), this secluded spot is furnished with a pavilion, a waterfall fed pond, a beach where American Pie was filmed, and a variety of rustic props and custom architecture. A day at Costley Mill delivers an exclusive photoshoot location and a memorable family outing all in one day. Exploring the park can easily render the photoshoot as secondary, while naturally creating relaxed and fun family or senior photos.
Thrasher Park with Lillian Webb Park and Historic Norcross
Address: 93 Park Dr, Norcross, GA 30071
Located within 1000 feet of Historic Norcross and the popular Lillian Webb Park fountains, Thrasher Park is an idyllic public green space with an amphitheater, pavilion, gazebo and a splash park to reward kids after a family photoshoot. It is also located on one of the original railroad lines which run along the adorable streets of Historic Norcross. Especially for those seniors and families from the Norcross area, this small cluster of sites provides for a variety of photos that represent hometown pride.
This post is designed to highlight a few of our favorite photo locations for the Atlanta area with some pictures from shoots we have done around town. However, Atlanta is a veritable treasure trove of photo locations, hence Atlanta is earning the name Atlwood—the Hollywood of the South.
There are lots of places to mention, but we would be remiss to not mention your family home as a location first. Especially for seniors, photos at home can be a sentimental reminder of where they came from as they venture out in the world.
A few other areas for inspiration include:
- Krog Street Tunnels in Atlanta
- Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain
- Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Atlanta
- Grant Park in Atlanta
- Downtown Decatur and the Decatur Courthouse in Decatur
- Downtown Newnan in Newnan
- Old Fourth Ward Park & Ponce City Market in Atlanta
- Jackson Street Bridge in Atlanta
- Atlanta Beltline in Atlanta
- Little 5 Points in Atlanta
- Centennial Olympic Park & Skyview Ferris Wheel in downtown Atlanta
- Water Tower – Old Decatur Water Works in Decatur
Lullwater Park near Emory
Peachtree Dekalb Airport in Atlanta
Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta
The Swan House in the Atlanta History Center
Anderson’s Sunflower Farms in Cumming (seasonal)
Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain
- Morgan Falls Overlook Park in Sandy Springs
- Garrard Landing Park in Alpharetta
- McDaniel Farm Park in Duluth
- Smith Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw
- Cator Woolford Gardens in Atlanta
- Vines Botanical Gardens in Loganville
- Marietta Square in downtown Marietta
About Our Senior Portrait & Family Photography Sessions
While we are open to doing senior portraits and family photography year-round, it is typical for seniors to do their photography during the summer and before the end of September, when yearbook work typically starts to be due. Fees for both types of private photo sessions start at $350, and result in a minimum of 30-40 fully edited digital photos. Sessions usually last about 2 hours, though for some of the hikes in the parks we can relax the timing and get some exercise with you! To request your session, contact us via our website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!