11 Locations for Great Memphis Photo Shoots
It's easy to take good pictures in Memphis. All you need is your camera, some friends – and this list of Memphis' most photogenic places.
1. Madison Hotel Rooftop (79 Madison Ave.)
Seventeen stories above the Madison sits Twilight Sky Terrace, where cushy seating surrounds a sleek fire pit and sun shades soften the Memphis heat. Toast the view as you sip custom cocktails like Spiked Peach Tea and snack on small bites.
2. Elmwood Cemetery (824 S. Dudley St.)
It might seem a little morbid, but the grave markers here are unique, there are plenty of sculptures, and the grounds are lovely, especially in the fall.
3. SHELBY FARMS PARK (6903 GREAT VIEW DR. NORTH)
You want photos on a playground? Shelby Farms has an amazing one. Are you more into woods, lakes and wetlands? It has those, too. Plus a huge herd of bison that you can get fairly close to.
4. SOUTH MAIN ARTS DISTRICT (SOUTH MAIN STREET AND G.E. PATTERSON)
5. MARTYRS PARK (CHANNEL 3 DR.)
Martyrs Park is sort of hidden downtown. To find it, get directions to the Channel 3 Studios – it's next door. Once there, you'll find a small park with magnolias, sculptures remembering Memphis' yellow fever epidemic, and an unadulterated view of the Mississippi River and its bridges.
6. WOLF RIVER GREENWAY (HUMPHREYS BOULEVARD BETWEEN WALNUT GROVE AND SHADY GROVE)
If you're looking for nature photos, the Wolf River is one of the most scenic natural areas in Shelby County. Park behind the Chick-Fil-A on Germantown Parkway or in the small lot off of Humphreys Boulevard.
7. JUST ABOUT ANY ROOFTOP (DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS)
For aerial views, head downtown to one of the city's open-to-the-public rooftops. The Peabody Hotel is a popular spot (it's the only place in Memphis to see a duck palace). For higher-up views, try the roof of the Madison Hotel. For river views, check out the deck at the River Inn of Harbor Town.
8. METAL MUSEUM (374 METAL MUSEUM DR.)
The Metal Museum sits high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. It's free to enter the grounds when the museum is open, but there is a fee if you want to take professional photos.
9. SUMMER AVENUE (RUNS FROM EAST PARKWAY TO GERMANTOWN)
Summer Avenue is one of Memphis' older streets, where you can see great vintage signage, a drive-in theater, antiques and thrift stores, and quirky restaurants.
10. OVERTON PARK (MIDTOWN MEMPHIS, BETWEEN POPLAR, NORTH PARKWAY AND EAST PARKWAY)
Here, you can aim your lens at a shell-shaped amphitheatre, an old-growth forest, the Memphis Zoo, the Brooks Museum of Art, the mid-century Memphis College of Art, and a giant field where people play soccer, chase dogs and host drum circles.
11. MUD ISLAND RIVER PARK (125 NORTH FRONT ST.)
If you can't decide between river views and city views, Mud Island is perfect for you. On one side, there's a stunning view of the Memphis skyline. On the other, there's the river. And in the park, there's a cleverly designed scale model of the Mississippi River.