10 places around Columbia, SC to take graduation photos


Graduation photos taken on top of a parking garage in downtown Cola. | Photo by @laurenfaithphoto

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Columbia’s getting hotter by a few degrees this weekend — and we’re not talking about temperature. We’ve seen a few tassels swayin’ around town which can only mean it’s time for all of our Cola graduates to walk across the stage once again. If you haven’t taken pictures for your graduation yet, check out these 10 spots around the Capital City.


A group of graduates taking group pictures at the Longstreet Theatre. | Photo by @_amgphoto

🌇 If you want city views

The State House, 1100 Gervais St.

  • The “say you’re graduating in Columbia without saying you’re graduating in Columbia” location. The architecture is stunning, and we may be biased, but the stark white columns pair well with any graduating colors.

Downtown Columbia


Graduation photos taken on top of a parking garage in downtown Cola. | Photo by @laurenfaithphoto

💙 If you tend to be nostalgic

Downtown in one of the districts

  • Take pictures in the downtown district you acquainted yourself with the most. If that district happens to be Five Points, take a picture with the Five Points mural in front of the fountain.

Local restaurant or coffee shop you frequented during college


A graduate walking down Main Street | Photo by @findyara

👀 If you want something a little different

Studio Willow, 2005 State St.

  • With tons of colored backdrops to choose from, bring some props with you to customize your graduation photo experience. Did we mention the incredible lighting?

Tin Roof, 1022 Senate St.

  • Have you ever thought of taking pictures at Tin Roof? They have plenty of champagne and all the lighting you need. While you’re there, go ahead and book your graduation party. It’s the perfect venue to host all of your loved ones.

A graduate at a Columbia Riverwalk. | Photo by @findyara

🌿 If you’re the outdoorsy-type

Columbia Riverwalks

  • Take your pick between the Riverfront Park, Saluda Riverwalk, West Columbia Riverwalk, Cayce Riverwalk, or maybe all four.

Take a road trip

  • Do something totally different + take an hour and half drive to the beach with your cap and gown to celebrate graduation like this graduate did.

A graduate in front of Thomas Cooper Library | Photo by @findyara

🐓 If you’re a Gamecock

Thomas Cooper Library, 1322 Greene St.

  • Sure, you could snap the classic champagne picture in front of the fountain, but maybe take a trip inside. Take a few pictures of you in-between the book aisles or on the floor of the library you spent late nights on while studying for those exams that you never have to take again.

Williams-Brice Stadium, 1125 George Rogers Blvd.

  • Ditch the cap + gown and throw on your jersey or the lucky hat that you wore to all of the UofSC football games. Don’t forget to throw your spur up.
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