Minneapolis Skyline: 8 Scenic Places to Capture Photos and Videos

Whether you’re looking for a great backdrop for a video interview, some b-roll footage or just a beautiful still shot of the city buildings, these scenic spots are perfect for capturing the iconic Minneapolis skyline.

1. 35W and 24th Street Bridge 

We’ve all seen the incredible view Minneapolis has to offer while sitting in traffic on 35W. Pull off on Franklin Avenue and walk over to the 24th street bridge. Overlooking 35W, when it comes to shooting the skyline - this is the money shot. Although it’s tough taping through the walkway fence, if you have a tripod you can get a beautiful shot. Keep the camera rolling on the tripod for 15 minutes and speed it up while editing. You’ll get a nice time-lapse shot of traffic coming in and out of the city.

NOTE: This bridge was torn down in 2018, they are currently building some new bridges, so stay tuned for good spots in this area.


2. Walker Art Center / Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

This urban art gallery is the iconic home of the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture. This outdoor garden offers views of the skyline as well as a beautiful view of the Basilica. Don't forget to check out the Loring Greenway walking bridge to get another angle of the city buildings.

3. Stone Arch Bridge

The Stone Arch Bridge has a great view of Minneapolis from the North side. Overlooking the Mississippi River, you can get some great shots both on top of the bridge and below it. While there are pathways under the bridge, don’t risk ruining your camera gear to get the perfect shot.

Photo by  Nicole Harrington  on  Unsplash

4. Lake Calhoun

If you are looking to combine a great skyline view with the iconic lake view scene, then Lake Calhoun is the place to go. This beautiful spot in the heart of Minneapolis is a hometown favorite. During the summer, this lake is home to tons of sailboats which makes for some beautiful imagery.

5. Boom Island Park

Located right on the Mississippi Riverfront, this park features lots of a wide open space and a miniature lighthouse. 

6. Ridgeway Parkway Park

Just a little jaunt north of downtown Minneapolis, this part features a beautiful view of the complete city skyline. This location is perfect for silhouettes at dusk.

7. Target Field

Combine your love of baseball with a perfect view of the Minneapolis Skyline. This stunning park was built to showcase the existing urban beauty of the city, but the best views are from the stands on the third base line.


8. Guthrie Theater's Amber Room

The Guthrie Theater features several stunning views of the city, but the best place to get some photos of the Minneapolis skyline is from the Amber Room. This artsy lookout features yellow-tinted windows that give a 360-degree view of the city.

Tips for Shooting Skylines:

Whether you’re shooting for still photography or video, make sure you bring a tripod. The last thing you want is to drive to these locations only to get back and realize your video was shaky. If you’re planning on capturing a time-lapse, a tripod is a must.

If you want a really creative shot, make sure to visit the location during different times of the day to get a really unique and interesting shot. 

Have a location suggestion that we missed? Comment below to let us know!

Celebrate Generously: 6 Ways to Change the World with Your Wedding

Your wedding day has a big impact on the rest of your life, but it can also have a big impact on the rest of the world. Here are 6 ways you can transform your wedding into a celebration of generosity:

1. Hire Other World-Changers

Many wedding vendors see their business as a way to help change the world.  Look for caterers, photographers and videographers that use their gifts and talents to give back!

2. Register for Gifts that Support Great Causes

Check out great websites like Sevenly.org or the Feed My Staving Children Marketplace for unique items to fill your new home and support charities around the world.

3. Opt for a Registry Alternative

You may feel like you have more than you need, however, your guests want to show love and support to you as a newly married couple. Ask them to donate to your favorite charity as a gift registry alternative.

4. Give Charitable Favors

Instead of giving the traditional favors to your guests, why not give an item supporting a person in need? You could also forego favors altogether and make a donation to your favorite charity in honor of all of your friends and family.

5. Gather a Generous Wedding Party

Band together with your wedding party, family, and friends to make an even greater impact by volunteering as an alternative to the traditional wedding shower, bachelor party, or rehearsal dinner.

6. Be Honeymoon Helpers

Spend your first week as newlyweds giving back—volunteer to build a school, help at an orphanage, or teach English. These are just a few ways your wedding to have a big impact on the world around you.

Beautiful Era Photography & Design gives back 10% of every photography session that we do. If you would like to help us give back to the world with your wedding photography, contact us today!

Taylor's Falls Adventure

My husband and I are trying to make a priority of going out on adventures together, both for the sake of exploring the world around us and also to expand our skills. As someone is constantly working behind a computer, it's so important for me to get out and see the beauty of the earth, be inspired, be refreshed! I hope you enjoy these images from our latest adventure to Taylor's Falls on Labor Day this year!

This is the first time we took our dog, #oakleyrembrandt, out on a climbing adventure, he absolutely LOVED it... in fact he was a little too confident climbing on some of those rocks for my taste!

Minneapolis Warehouse District Wedding Session


I love getting the chance to push my creative boundaries, so this spring, Christianna and I did our first inspiration session! These shoots are such a wonderful opportunity for us to work with new people and other vendors! A huge thank you to Ashlea and Brian for being such willing models!

We had such an awesome team of vendors working on this project as well! Check out their websites!

Floral Design: Anna Stokes, Bumblebee Floral

Hair: Aubrey Thoren, Swept Up | Big Day Hair Artistry

Makeup: Ashley Tramm, Unveil Loveliness

Venue: 514 Studios

Charity Partner: Feed My Starving Children

Models: Ashlea & Brian