Picture perfect photo opportunities around campus and beyond


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Nomade, a painted stainless steal sculpture by artist Jaume Plensa, located at the Pappajohn sculpture park in Des Moines. 

Sierra Hoeger

For those of you who are looking for more photo opportunities to take your next headshot, start your photography portfolio, capture your latest Instagram post or silly Snapchat story, but are in need of some inspiration around the Ames area, look no further.

Right on Iowa State’s campus, there is a variety of spots just right for taking the perfect instagram.

Standing at 110 feet tall, the Campanile has proven itself to be the perfect backdrop for photos taken by alumnus, incoming freshman, current students and Cyclone fans from all walks of life.

Standing atop the concrete strip with “Iowa State University” in big block letters across the front, pictures of this nature can usually be found filling social media throughout the school year or when an event brings people to campus.

Not only do those who love Iowa State’s picturesque campus find it beautiful, but the nation does as well, granting Iowa State the title of “prettiest campus.” Iowa State’s campus has landed spots on Buzzfeed, Travel and Leisure, and Best Colleges reviews lists, which showcase just how beautiful Iowa State can truly be.

“Lagomarcino has a cute walkway when you are entering that has unique arches and beautiful plants in the spring,” said Kristen Naber, a sophomore in industrial engineering. “Definitely a place to check out.”

The city of Ames also provides those craving camera time with murals that set the stage for a perfect picture.

“I don’t take pictures like this a lot, but at this time my friends and I were going out to dinner on Main St. and thought while we were all dressed up we could take some cute pictures,” Naber said. 

Another great location to take pictures is Des Moines. It provides multiple murals in the downtown area, and has a sculpture park that is picturesque.

The Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines has numerous sculptures and opportunities to take the  perfect picture. From the Nomade to the White Ghost sculpture, there is plenty to photograph while you’re there.

Being a completely outdoor park, I would recommend going when the temperature is above zero to enjoy it in all its glory.

Wherever your photography takes you, be sure to explore either the hidden or not-so-hidden treasures Iowa State, Ames and Des Moines have to offer.