The Best Photo Shoot Locations In Knoxville, TN

The Best Photo Shoot Locations In Knoxville, TN

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.)

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.)

North Knoxville
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.

Downtown Knoxville

The Best Photo Shoot Locations in Knoxville, TN : Mead's Quarry

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.)

South Knoxville
2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920

Best Photo Shoot Locations Knoxville TN - Sequoyah Hills Park

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.

Downtown/West Knoxville
1400 Cherokee Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37919

The Best Photo Shoot Locations in Knoxville, TN : Melton Hill Park

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.

Check out my Maternity Photo Session at Melton Hill Park!

West Knoxville/Hardin Valley
3230 Williams Bend Rd
Knoxville, TN 37932

The Best Photo Shoot Locations In Knoxville, TN : World's Fair Park

Downtown Knoxville

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

UT Gardens

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.)

Downtown Knoxville
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.

West Knoxville/Farragut
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.

West Knoxville/Farragut
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!

Hannah Bubp

Hannah Bubp lives in Knoxville, TN with her husband, Kyle, baby girl, Claire, and two dogs. She is a professional photographer and a new Stay At Home Mom. She enjoys writing, cooking, hiking, traveling, and navigating life as a new mom.

7 thoughts on “The Best Photo Shoot Locations In Knoxville, TN

  1. Question: I’m a beginner photographer and my question is are they going to charge me if I go to UT Gardens and other if I’m not a professional photographer yet. I mean I want to take some amazing pictures to boost my photography style. If you have any advise I would love to hear from you. I would love also any advice on how to promote a photography business. My pictures are getting picked up by different networks like for example my sons picture got picked up by ellen and had over a million views. I’m just want to succeed in my passion for photography.

    1. Hey Courtney! You can photograph at the UT Gardens for free as long as you are not a professional photographer. (Professional photographer meaning that you charge someone for your photography services.) You can review their policy here for more info:

      There are a ton of ways to market your photography business. Are you wanting to photograph family portraits, babies, weddings, real estate, products, or landscapes? Determine a few focus areas and then do as much research as possible to market to those areas. Probably the easiest way is to create a Facebook business page and connect with your friends first. Word of mouth will help get your name out there… and it’s free. Oh, and if you are serious about running a photography business, be sure to get a business license with your local county office.

  2. Hi There! Thanks for the locations!
    It’s nice to come across another East TN blogger. I recently started a blog ( where I talk about financial independence. Maybe we will meet each other one day at a bloggers conference or something!

    Anyway, I’m meeting my now 19 year old foster son tomorrow in Knoxville to take his family’s Christmas pictures. All these places look really nice but I don’t know which ones would be nice in the colder months. I was thinking about taking him downtown but I know they shut the water by the bridge off at a certain time of year. I don’t know if it would still be a pretty backdrop right now. Are any of these locations still nice when the scenery is dead?

    1. Hey Kayla!

      I’d suggest Downtown Knoxville (Market Square/Gay St), Meads Quarry, or Sequoyah Hills Park. I think they would all offer some nice backdrops this time of year. I have taken winter photos at Sequoyah Hills Park in the past and they turned out really well.

      How awesome- It’s great to meet another local blogger! I’ll have to check our your blog when I have some free time.

    1. Hi there,
      I have taken 1st Birthday photos at Campbell Station Park and The Cove at Concord Park. I think either of those would work great.

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