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Choosing Locations Around Notre Dame Campus

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April 13, 2022

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I'm a luxury wedding photographer based out of South Bend. I believe in always having a vase full of fresh flowers, especially during peony season. That ending a long day should always be on the patio, with a good book and a glass of rosé. And, going to the beach is always a good idea.

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It is no secret that the campus of the University of Notre Dame is magical. Maybe you have memories of being on campus as a child or you met your spouse (to-be) in freshman year biology or maybe you live local and take long walks around the lake. No matter your reason for loving the campus, it has a little bit for everyone.

As you are choosing which locations around campus you’d want to photograph, there are a few key questions you should put into consideration before you solidify the list.

How Notre Dame is too Notre Dame

I know, I know. That sounds crazy, but hear me out. Some of my my requested images are “happy little accidents”. But, I’m going to be honest with you, I need the time to see them. If you are giving me a laundry list of locations (and I don’t know your priority list), then we may not get those “happy little accidents”. By the way, those “happy little accidents” get replicated constantly by other photographers.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What percentage do you want it to scream “ND”?
  • If you had only 2 locations to photograph, where would they be?
  • Do you HAVE to go on the field?*
  • Do I have enough time to get in my location wish list?
    • Bride & Groom with their Attendants (10 minutes)
    • Bride with her Attendants (10 minutes)
    • Groom with his Attendants (10 minutes)
    • Bride & Groom at location #1 (15 minutes)
    • Bride & Groom at location #2 (15 minutes)
    • Bride & Groom at location #3 (15 minutes)
    • Bride & Groom at location #4 (15 minutes)
    • Travel time to walk from Grotto to the Field (10 minutes)

* The field is absolutely a fun experience but I really feel like it costs you more than the fee it takes to get on the field. What is that? It costs the time in takes to get truly, one-of-a-kind, authentic, romantic portraits. If you don’t want cookie cutter portraits, build the time in your schedule to allow that to happen.

Basilica

God Quad

Grotto

Lakes

South Quad

Halls

South Dining Hall

Football Stadium

Stadium Quad

Law School

Structures

Morris Inn

updated images coming soon….

Stadium Ballrooms

ND Ave

Lush Greenery

  1. Meghan B says:

    Katie: This is SO good. One of my favorite parts about our wedding day is that I will forever remember all of our special places on campus that you and Chris so beautifully captured. It may have been a hot day to walk around campus, but I wouldn’t trade any shot for the world. You were a champ and we fit in every single thing we were hoping…INCLUDING the law library when the student miraculously appeared and let us in! 🙂 I loved reading this post! XO

  2. So helpful! Even though I’m a Boilermaker, I may need this one day. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Emily says:

    Such a perfect guide! In love with that cute garden!!

  4. I’m slightly obsessed with ivy walls and that one is Ah-MAzing!!! What a great idea for your clients!

  5. Kelsey says:

    Great info & gorgeous imagery

  6. Mahlia says:

    I can definitely tell why your favorite spot is your favorite spot. Because is ahhhh-mazing!!! Love the ones on the football field too. Such a fun and unique spot

  7. Megan says:

    Gorgeous imagery and very informative post!!

  8. WOW! Thorough and amazing! love your work!

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