Where to take graduation photos around Lexington

Do it for the ‘gram.

Two mascots walking wearing graduation caps and robes.

Make your memories last with these iconic spots around town. | Photo courtesy of @petecomparoniphoto

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It’s graduation season, which means a lot of caps and gowns floating around town for photo ops.

If you haven’t taken graduation photos yet (we get it, we’d rather you procrastinate on this than studying for finals), we’ve rounded up some of the best spots around the city to take photos — no matter where you’re graduating from.

Pro tip: If you’re planning to take photos on business property, be sure to get permission before striking a pose.

A bird's eye view of downtown Lexington.

Who needs a green screen with views like these? | Photo courtesy of @femi.branded


The Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St.
If you want a warm, city vibe, look no further than The Kentucky Theatre. Snag a couple of graduation photos under the marquee for that iconic Lexington look.

Lexington Financial Center Parking Garage, 230 W. Main St.
We know this sounds odd, but hear us out. When you climb to the top of this parking garage, you’ll be greeted with sweeping views of the city, making for the perfect backdrop.

Rows of pink peonies at Henry Clay Estate.

Did you know that peonies are considered good luck? | Photo by LEXtoday

Tree huggers

Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Rd.
History and nature converge at the Henry Clay Estate, where you can walk along the picturesque grounds to view and pose with blooming peonies.

The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Dr.
Stay close to the excitement on campus by snagging graduation photos around The Aborteum. Whether you want floral views or to be immersed in its array of trees, there’s no wonder this is a favorite for many graduates.

The outside of a coffee shop covered in art.

Cap off graduation with colorful photos. | Photo courtesy of @adventuresinourtinylife


Third Street Stuff + Coffee, 257 N. Limestone
Eccentric is an understatement here. When you first approach Third Street, you’ll be welcomed with its colorfully curated mosaic mural on the exterior — perfect for the quirky graduate.

The Dolly Parton Mural, 1099 W. High St.
If you’re a college graduate getting ready for the 9 to 5 lifestyle, get your coat of many colors with the one and only icon.

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