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Since I addressed the outdoor locations for Cleveland, I will share some great outdoor locations for pictures in Akron. The things that make a great photo location I discuss -HERE-. So I will get right to my favorite spots in Akron.
The first location is right in downtown Akron. Much smaller than Cleveland (and Cleveland is small), downtown Akron still has many great spots. There is the Akron Civic Theater, Baxter’s and Lock 3 (just three of my favorites spots within walking distance to each other). Each offer great opportunities for pictures. Baxter’s has always been great in allowing us to do pictures inside (as long as we have a beer or two) and their interior has an old speakeasy vibe. I’ve done pictures inside many times. Walking around Lock 3 searching for great light always gives us great chances for interesting textures and geometrics. Getting into the Civic requires a reservation and payment, but it’s the best place in Akron and one of the best in Ohio, in my opinion.
Another great little spot is the Northside District. The area has been around forever being the location of Luigi’s, Akron’s most acknowledged restaurant (GREAT pizza!). Just recently the district has undergone a facelift with new businesses opening up. The vibe is great and if you look, there are great nooks all around for pictures.
The area that I know as “Akron Square” near the Tangier is also a great place. I prefer this area in the evening.
If an outdoor, more rural location is what you’re looking for then the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that runs thru Akron is perfect. Out of the way, but busy because it is part of the National Park system, there are a plethora of locations to park and hike. The Cuyahoga River runs right thru it and, at the right time of day, gets great light. Autumn is the best time for images here. See more senior pictures here.
Nearby and in the Cuyahoga National Park is Hale Farm and Village. The original farmstead of Jonathan Hale, it’s like traveling back in time when you are amongst the historical buildings, which make great backdrops for dramatic pictures. A very pastoral environment Hale Farm and Village is for a very specific look in pictures.
Another great location is the Metroparks in Akron. Lush and beautiful, the Akron Metroparks are perfect for pictures with a more pastoral feel of the outdoors. Andrea and Ryan did their engagement pictures in the Firestone Metropark in Akron.
And yet another great location for outdoor pictures in Akron is the Merriman Valley. It’s a historic district near Hale Farm and has a ton of space to get great pictures. Streams and rivers, barns and farms, is such a great outdoor location.
Just a few to the great locations for pictures in Akron. A smaller scale but still a large variety, these are some of my favorites.