Smale Park in downtown Cincinnati is the perfect location for senior pictures if you want a little bit of nature and a little bit of city-scape.

I'm so glad Lauren chose to go to Smale Park after seeing another senior session from there. This is my third time going to the riverfront for senior pictures in Cincinnati, and I love it more each time! I feel like I'm always finding hidden gems and catching the flowers in bloom at a different time depending on the week, and they were absolutely gorgeous this time around!

We also got lucky with the weather--after seeing rain in the forecast the few days prior to Lauren's senior pictures, I was nervous we were going to have to reschedule. Luckily, those summer storms only last a few minutes sometimes, and we got lucky with a gorgeous, cloud-free sunset all evening!

redhead girl in grey shirt laughing next to wire fence in Smale Park
redhead with blue eyes wearing ripped jeans leaning against a wire fence in Smale Park Cincinnati for senior pictures

Lauren's senior pictures at Smale Park started off immediately with laughter (the best way to calm your nerves, right?!) and it was awesome to have a few of her family members and boyfriend around to help be her "hype people." That definitely got a few extra giggles out of her and made these pictures that much more fun to take.

Lauren graduated with Ella Beal, one of my favorite families, so we chatted a bit about how they knew each other and what Lauren's plans were for college. It's so interesting hearing about the wear schedules that colleges are about to start having because of Covid, especially knowing I almost had to deal with it (yay, early graduation!). Lauren is planning to go to Transylvania to study premed...I'm always impressed by what these incredible seniors are doing.

redhead girl in jeans and and grey shirt walking by tree at Smale Riverfront Park Downtown Cincinnati
young woman laughing in front of tree at sunset at Smale Riverfront Park in CIncinnati for senior pictures
young woman with red curly hair sitting inside a circle cut out of concrete in a Cincinnati parking garage
young woman with curly red hair sitting in a circle cut out from concrete wall in parking structure, smiling
young woman with red curly hair leaning against concrete circle cut out, smiling at sunset in downtown CIncinnati

The Roebling Bridge is a must for senior pictures in Cincinnati.

When in Rome, right? But in this case, it's when in Cincinnati and within 10 minutes of the most iconic bridge in Cincinnati, right? The Roebling Bridge wasn't even in our "plan" of where we were going to go through the evening, but since we had to walk right by it anyways, I figured we could jump on it for a few pictures in between the few cars driving by. It's such a perfect shot and I think it's a gorgeous way to show off Cincinnati. If you're skipping those Roebling Bridge senior pictures when you're in Cincinnati, you're missing out!

young woman in short white dress spinning around on blue Roebling Bridge for downtown Cincinnati senior pictures
young woman with red curly hair in a white dress spinning around in the middle of Roebling Bridge for senior pictures
young woman with red curly hair spinning on Roebling Bridge in downtown Cincinnati for senior pictures
young woman with curly red hair smiling in front of blue Roebling Bridge for downtown Cincinnati senior pictures

After pictures on the Roebling Bridge, we headed down to the park area of Smale Park. I loooove the way the yellow flowers look with Lauren's curly red hair--it's such a summer picture!

We also got a few pictures together with the family + a few of her and her boyfriend, who are so cute together! I always ask the moms at the sessions if they want one pictures of them together, which is usually followed by a very quick and loud "no! I don't look good today!" (which also usually isn't true, and I promise you will cherish the picture anyways), but it was fun to do a few shots of these three ladies together with the perfect lighting and backdrop.

young woman with red curly hair softly smiles in front of black eyes susan flowers in Smale Park
woman with red curly hair in white dress walks through flowers at Smale Park in downtown Cincinnati for senior pictures
young woman with red curly hair in white dress sitting on concrete bench in front of black eyed susans at Smale Park
young woman in white dress flips her hair back in front of flowers and cityscape at Smale Park senior pictures
mom and two teenage daughters smiling in Smale Park in front of flowers and buildings
two teenage girls with red hair and brown hair stand together smiling in Smale Park at sunset
young man kissing young woman with red curly hair on the cheek in the flowers at Smale Park Cincinnati
young woman with red curly hair in white dress sitting in the yellow and pink flowers at Smale Park
young woman with curly red hair laughing widely in the yellow and pink flowers at Smale Park at sunset

We finished up Lauren's downtown Cincinnati senior pictures with her wearing her new college shirt.

Although a t-shirt might not be the most glamorous outfit for senior pictures, it's a fun way to show off your new school, the fact that you graduated and got into college in the first place, and really let people know what is up! I love how she paired her college shirt with a cute denim skirt for a cute but casual outfit, and the red and green together is giving me life!

Of course, we couldn't leave our our favorite, Roebling Bridge, so we took a few more pictures with it in the background--the perfect tribute to Cincinnati, home sweet home.

young woman with red curly hair in red Transylvania shirt and denim skirt walking through Smale Park hydrangeas
young woman with curly red hair in a red Transylvania shirt and jean skirt sitting in front of hydrangeas at Smale Park
young woman in red Transylvania shirt standing in Smale Park in front of the Roebling Bridge
young woman in red Transylvania shirt taking senior pictures at Smale Park in front of trees at sunset
young woman in Transylvania shirt and jean skirt putting arms int he air in front of Roebling Bridge at Smale Park
young woman in red tshirt in front of trees at Smale Park at sunset with one hand on hips

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