Looking for the best photography spots in Norman, Oklahoma? Check out these instantly Instagrammable places in Norman, including photography spots on the University of Oklahoma campus and off, places that are popular for Norman engagement photos, high school senior pictures, vintage and retro photo spots, prom photos, and romantic photography spots.
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The Best Photography Spots in Norman, Oklahoma
Here are my favorite Instagram spots in Norman…so far! Every time I go back I find a few more and add them to the list, so bookmark this page if you want future ideas.
The Boyd House
The Boyd House is also affectionately known as the OU White House and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The official residence of the President of OU, it’s convenient to campus and oh so dreamy!
Location: 414 W Boyd St
Love Statue at Jacobsen Hall
This iconic statue is one of thirty that are on display in the US by the late Robert Indiana, a famous American artist. While you might be more familiar with the version in Love Park in Philadelphia, the one on campus in Norman is red and blue.
Location: 550 Parrington Oval
Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
Whether you take a photo of the stadium on the outside or you’re lucky enough to take a picture at an OU football game from within the stadium, there’s really nothing that screams “Norman” more than a perfectly executed game day photo, and this is the perfect game day photo spot! Face paint not required.
Location: 1185 Asp Ave
OU Water Tower
Rising above campus like an adorable yet permanent hot air balloon, the water tower makes for the perfect photo spot. It is iconic, instantly recognizable, and seen from many different vantage points. Find your perfect version for yourself!
Location: OU Campus
Lake Thunderbird State Park
The only state park in the greater metro area, Lake Thunderbird offers the perfect mix of recreation and entertainment. Plus, it’s gorgeous!
My favorite photos of the lake are at sunrise and sunset, but the planks and walkways give ample opportunities to find your own take.
Location: 13101 Alameda Dr
Oklahoma Memorial Union
The student union is the heart of any good college campus, and the Oklahoma Memorial Union is no exception.
Come get your quintessentially-college photos. Perfect for graduation, visiting high school seniors, or just goofing around between classes. There are great photo spots both inside and out!
Location: 900 Asp Ave
The Red Telephone Booth
I would be remiss not to mention the red phone booth outside the union offers its own photography opportunities and really deserves its own place on this list.
If you’re looking for London or UK-themed photo shoots, this needs to be a part of your plan. It’s arguably the most European-looking photo spot in Norman! I mean, if you didn’t know that pic was from OU, where would you have guessed?
Location: 900 Asp Ave
University of Oklahoma Campus Buildings
While I’ve named a few of my favorite OU spots already, don’t forget to get out and play around with what’s out there! You can find spots that look more like a castle than a campus, charming fountain and water photography, and, of course, people watching for street photography (just be respectful).
It’s hard not to be struck by the beauty of McFarlin Church when you see it. Towering above the neighborhood, it’s more reminiscent of Ireland than Oklahoma. Play with the angles, times of day, and textures to find something that’s all yours.
Location: 419 S University Blvd
The beautiful historic houses in the areas around campus offer their own unique photo ideas. You can find beautiful homes, colorful homes, ones that have been decorated by hippies, political signs, and more. The diversity of what you can find here makes a photo walk near-campus-but-just-off so rewarding!
What to Wear in Norman
Tips for Renting a Car in Oklahoma
It’s awfully hard to get around Oklahoma without a car. Trust me, I’ve tried! While we went ahead and bought a car when we moved back, if you’ll only be here for a short while (or if you’re coming in from out of town), then you will want to rent a car.
I use Discover Cars when I rent cars on my travels. You’ll be able to pick up a car at any airport or in your hometown.
Check availability and get a quote for a rental car for your trip here.
Oklahoma Travel Resources
Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
Heading out on the road?
Before you leave for your trip make sure you have a valid Travel Insurance Policy because accidents happen on the road. I have used World Nomads when I travel since 2016, and I happily recommend them.
Getting coverage is important whenever you’re more than a hundred miles from home in case of an accident, sickness, theft, etc.
Get a travel insurance quote for your trip here.
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Stephanie is a born-and-bred Oklahoma mom and travel expert who has been to over fifty countries. After living in Eastern Europe for four years, she has moved with her family back to Oklahoma to write about her favorite places growing up: Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, & Route 66!