Senior Picture Locations in the Janesville Area

Portrait of a high school senior girl near a bridge with wildflowers in Janesville.

Capturing the essence of your senior year is an unforgettable experience, and the right location can make all the difference in your photos. In and around the Janesville area, we’re blessed with some stunning senior picture locations that provide the perfect backdrop. Here are our top picks for the best locations to photograph high school seniors.

1. Headgate Park, Brodhead

Headgate Park in Brodhead is a wonderful senior picture location. It’s quiet and peaceful, with beautiful river views, lush greenery, walking paths, stairs, and a cute little pier.   It’s an ideal spot for a variety of poses and settings. The scenic riverbank and shaded trails are especially beautiful in the fall and offer a serene atmosphere perfect for capturing the joy and anticipation of your senior year.

Smiling high school senior photographed near a tree by the river.     Portrait of a high school senior girl in a blue sweater standing near a split rail fence at headgate park near Janesville.  Highschool senior girl sitting near the Sugar river in a location near Janesville

2. Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville

Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville is a top choice for a touch of elegance and color. This 20-acre garden is bursting with floral beauty, providing countless opportunities for vibrant and dynamic photos. The Japanese garden, rose garden, and pond areas are especially popular for their picturesque qualities.  Just an FYI, the garden does charge a fee for photography and an entrance fee, so this location would add an extra charge to your session.

Portrait of senior boy with a skate board on photographed at a favorite senior picture location in Janesville. Portrait of a high school senior girl leaning on the koi bridge at Rotary gardens in Janesville

3. Palmer Park, Janesville

Palmer Park is another fantastic senior picture location, offering a mix of open fields, wooded areas, and charming park features. The historic Camden Playground and the scenic walking paths create a playful and diverse backdrop, perfect for capturing your unique personality and style.

High School Senior Girl laying on the grass at Palmer Park in Janesville High school senior girl in a yellow blouse near a foot bridge at Palmer Park. Portrait of a high school senior girl near a bridge with wildflowers in Janesville.

4. Downtown Beloit

If you’re looking for an urban edge, Downtown Beloit delivers with its blend of historic and modern architecture. The murals, cobblestone streets, and eclectic mix of buildings provide a trendy and sophisticated backdrop. This location is perfect for those wanting a bit of city flair in their senior portraits.

Senior picture of a girl standing by a large glass window in downtown Beloit. Portrait of a high school senior girl in a blue dress sitting near a large plant in downtown Beloit. High school senior girl on the iron footbridge in downtown Beloit.

5. Beckman Mill, Beloit

Beckman Mill is one of my favorite senior picture locations.  It offers a rustic charm that is hard to beat. This historic mill, surrounded by natural beauty, provides a unique setting with its old-fashioned water wheel, charming bridges, and lush landscapes. It’s an excellent choice for those who love a touch of history and rustic appeal in their photos.

Senior boy sitting by a split rail fence at Beckman Mills in Beloit. High school senior portrait of a boy in a flannel shirt standing near a split rail fence at Beckman Mills.

6. Three Waters Reserve, Brodhead

Nestled in Brodhead, Three Waters Reserve is a hidden treasure.  This old golf course was purchase by a preserve and allowed to go back to it’s natural form. Its expansive winding paths through the fields, serene river view, and vibrant wildflowers make it a dream location for outdoor senior portraits. The peaceful and natural setting is perfect for capturing candid and relaxed moments.  What I love most about this senior picture location is that it is not well know and very quiet and peaceful.

High school senior girl in a red dress on a blanket at a favorite senior picture location in Brodhead. High school senior girl near a tree at Three Waters Reserve in Brodhead. High school senior girl in a blue top near a weeping willow on the path a three rivers reserve.

7. Magnolia Bluffs, Evansville

Magnolia Bluffs in Evansville offers stunning views and a sense of adventure. The dramatic bluffs, lush trails, and sweeping vistas provide a dramatic and captivating backdrop. This location is perfect for those who love the great outdoors and want their photos to reflect their adventurous spirit.

High school senior girl sitting on a rock at Magnolia Bluffs in Evansville. High school senior girl photographed on the bluff at a favorite senior picture location in Evansville. High school senior girl in lettermans jacket on a path at magnolia Bluffs in Evansville.

Tips for a Great Senior Photo Session

  • Plan Ahead: Coordinate with your photographer and choose the location that best reflects your personality and interests.
  • Outfit Choices: Select outfits that complement the location. For example, casual and colorful outfits for garden settings or trendy and modern attire for urban backdrops.
  • Timing is Key: Early morning or late afternoon sessions often provide the best lighting.
  • Bring Props: Incorporate meaningful props, such as sports equipment, musical instruments, or books, to add a personal touch to your photos.


Your senior year is a milestone worth celebrating, and the Janesville/Beloit area offers a variety of stunning locations to capture this special time in your life. Whether you prefer the natural beauty of parks and gardens or the urban charm of downtown streets, there’s a perfect spot waiting to serve as the backdrop for your senior portraits. Let’s make your senior photo session unforgettable by choosing a location that highlights your unique style and personality. To read more articles for  high school seniors or to find out more about our senior picture packages, visit the links below.