I have been a photographer for almost a decade now (which is crazy to think about!) and have found some of the best photo shoot locations in Knoxville, TN over the years. These locations are perfect for portrait sessions, landscape and nature photography, or to walk around and snap some pictures. All of the locations are free to visit, but some require professional photographers to pay to use the property. (Just a heads up to all the professional photographers out there, or those who have hired a professional photographer for their upcoming photo session.)
(Pst… I’m working on updating photos for all the locations I’ve listed!)
The Best Photo Shoot Locations in Knoxville, TN
Knoxville Botanical Garden
The Knoxville Botanical Garden is one of my favorite locations. (And it’s where Kyle and I had our engagement pictures taken!) They have it all… beautiful stone walls, open fields, a small bamboo forest, walkways through flowers and trees, and a greenhouse with ivy-covered walls. Basically, it’s a photographer’s dream. I’ve photographed here more times than I can remember. Even if you are not a photographer, it’s still a great place to spend an afternoon. (Note: Professional Photographers are now required to pay a day fee or join as a member to use the property. More information can be found on their website.)
2743 Wimpole Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37914
The Old City
The Old City is a must-see (and photograph) part of downtown Knoxville. There are plenty of interesting buildings and alleys that make for great backdrops. It’s easy to find inspiration in such a colorful part of town.
Ijams Nature Center & Mead’s Quarry
A short drive from downtown Knoxville is Ijams Nature Center and Mead’s Quarry. Ijams Nature Center has a lot of walking trails and nice green spots that are great for photo shoots. Mead’s Quarry provides a really unique and gorgeous backdrop for photos. This entire area is full of great photo opportunities. It’s easy to get a variety of beautiful images made here. (Note: Ijams also requires professional photographers to become a vendor or buy a day pass to use their property for photo shoots.)
2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920
Sequoyah Hills Park
Sequoyah Hills Park is located right outside of downtown Knoxville and hugs the Tennessee River. This is a good open area for portrait sessions, especially if you are interested in a styled or themed portrait session. There are a few areas with river views and mature trees. The only downside to using this location is that it can get crowded on nice evenings.
1400 Cherokee Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37919
Melton Hill Park
Melton Hill Park is currently one of my favorite photo shoot locations. I love the Clinch River backdrop, the nice walking trails, fields, and wooded areas. It has a nice variety. Plus, it’s usually not too crowded. This location is great for any type of photo shoot.
West Knoxville/Hardin Valley
3230 Williams Bend Rd
Knoxville, TN 37932
Downtown Knoxville is full of photo shoot potential. Some of my favorite spots in Downtown Knoxville are Market Square, Krutch Park, the Tennessee Theatre sign, Gay Street, and World’s Fair Park. You are sure to get some great photos just by walking around downtown Knoxville.
Downtown Knoxville (…obviously. Address is for Market Square)
18 Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902
The UT Gardens are part of the University of Tennessee in downtown Knoxville. The grounds at UT Gardens are always well maintained and there are plenty of blooms in the warmer months. This would be a perfect spot for anyone who wants a lot of flowers in their photographs. (They have a Professional Photographer Policy here as well.)
2518 Jacob Dr
Knoxville, TN 37996
Campbell Station Park
Campbell Station Park is another location that I frequently use for photo shoots. It’s super easy to get to and I’ve found that it’s a great spot for family photo sessions. They have a few nice walking trails and wooded spots that are great for pictures. There are also a few spots that are good for styled/themed photo sessions. The only downside is that it can get pretty crowded, especially with other photographers using the park at the same time.
405 N Campbell Station Rd
Farragut, TN 37934
The Cove at Concord Park
The Cove offers a lot of variety for photo backdrops: woods, trails, and the lake. This is another great location for family photo sessions. Just keep in mind that it does get pretty crowded here, so it’s best for early morning photo sessions.
11808 S Northshore Dr
Knoxville, TN 37922
I hope my list of the best photo shoot locations in Knoxville, TN will help you decide where to go for your next photo session!
Want to check out a local brewery after your photo session? Read about a few of my favorites on my Knoxville Brewery Tour post.