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The 7 best summer photo ops in Richmond

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by Kate Vinnedge

Photo by Ron Cogswell

There’s something special about Richmond in the summer - some sort of golden haze seems to slow down the city itself. On these lazy summer days, it’s best to take the time to snap a few photos - the memory of sweaty car rides and heavy sun rays on the back of your neck will keep you warm during the coming winter months.

Without further ado, here are the seven best summer photo-ops in Richmond.

Legend Brewery

First, we’re going to get those RVA skyline shots out of the way. Legend Brewery, which calls the southern banks of the James River home. From here, you can take grand shots of the skyline - and from a perspective many other photographers don’t take advantage of.

Mayo Island

Located smack dab in the middle of the James, Mayo Island is the perfect opportunity to capture the north bank of the river in a photo. Due to its proximity to downtown, but its unique location, you’ll be able to grab shots from a completely different angle than everyone else.

VMFA

Not only does every inch of the interior of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts grant an amazing photo, so to does its grounds. The sculpture garden is the perfect spot to cool off in the shade of magnificent, massive, and beautiful trees - the landscaping, architecture, and different works of art that permeate the grounds surrounding the museum create the perfect tapestry for photography.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

With over 50 acres of themed gardens and a domed glass conservatory, Ginter Gardens is guaranteed to scratch the itch your photo eye’s had for a while. From now until September 22nd, you’ll even be able to take shots of a giant LEGO praying mantis made from over 42,000 LEGO bricks.

The State Capitol

Experience lush and deep greens framing the starkly contrasting bright white of the Capitol Building. Taking photos of grand columnar structures is something every photographer needs to experience.

Friday Cheers

If you want to take photos of cool people doing cool things, head on over to Friday Cheers. Held On Brown’s Isle, tonight is the last show of the season - this time, Lucy Dacus and Deau Eyes will be playing. Get some awesome shots with the evening river lighting.

Bryan Park

Just south of Lakeside is Bryan Park - the site of a historic slave uprising in the summer of 1800. Grab some great outdoor and nature shots, while learning about the history of Gabriel Prosser, who began the rebellion - and would ultimately die for fighting for his freedom.

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