This is our second post in our series of our favorite locations to photograph in Richmond Va. You can see the first five locations here!
This is a popular location for kayakers and bikers to unload their equipment. There is a beautiful wildflower meadow, river views, trails, bridges, and so much more. Plenty of cool spots to find the perfect backdrop.
VISITOR WARNING Individuals enjoy breaking into cars in this parking lot. Make sure all of your valuables are locked in the trunk. I recommend parking on the street in the neighborhood across Riverside Drive.
Belle Isle is a 54 acre island right in the middle of Richmond. It has so many different features including a pretty awesome walking bridge that hangs under the Robert E. Lee Memorial Bridge. There are plenty of cool river views, city view, nature views, benches, and unique little nooks all around the island. This was also the home of an old hydroelectric plant and prisoner-of-war camp so there are a lot of cool dilapidated buildings that are sometimes covered in graffiti.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Sculpture Garden is a great place if you want some color in the background. From their Chihuly Red Reeds to their wonderful water features, there are plenty of options for a single shoot. I recommend visiting during "Golden Hour". The reflections on the water are quite beautiful.
The Pipeline is a walkway that runs parralell to the river. This is a steel walkway that runs directly over a large rusted water pipe and is under a CSX railway viaduct. Everything is rust colored and really pops with the contrasting greens and blues of nature. I love this location for it's colors and the ability to create very symmetrical images.
Carytown is known as Richmond's first strip style shopping center. This area is perfect if you want your photos to have a nice "urban" style. There are plenty of cool store fronts, bright colors, old brick, and graffiti/murals.