8 Iconic Locations for Amazing Graduation Portraits at UCLA

A location guide to create the most beautiful and iconic graduation portraits at UCLA.

Looking to do your graduation photos at UCLA? One advantage of booking a professional portrait photographer is that they always come prepared with a game plan. One exclusive advantage of booking with me is that I am also a Bruin, having graduated from UCLA previously. That means that I am extremely familiar with the campus, having spent many years here as a photographer.

Having done hundreds of portrait sessions over the years at the University of California, Los Angeles, I’ve fully explored all the beautiful and iconic locations that campus has to offer. I’ve previously created an exclusive guide for my clients only, but I’ve decided to pubish it for everyone to enjoy!

Here is a list of the few most iconic locations and my personal favorite places at UCLA. I’ve listed them below along with several examples of past sessions and location-specific tips to help plan your shoot!

1. Bruin Bear

The Bruin Bear is an iconic statue representing the UCLA Bruin. Conveniently located next to Ackerman Union and the John Wooden Center, the Bruin Bear remains accessible all year round. The only times the statue is blocked off is during the USC game, which considering the rivalry, might be a sound decision.

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2. Janss Steps

One thing about UCLA that I’ve always found amazing is how beautiful it is. One example is how Janss steps opens up to a magnificent view of the central and west side of UCLA. The hills of UCLA create breathtaking views not obtainable in many flat campuses.

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3. Sculpture Garden

Although the Sculpture Garden is often forgotten with grander scenes elsewhere, it remains a serene and artful location to take portraits. The Sculpture Garden is located next to the School of Theater, Film and Television and the Broad Art Center.

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4. Powell Library

One of the most iconic buildings on campus is Powell Library. Both the exterior facade and interior halls are wonderful classics to add to any UCLA graduation portrait session.

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5. Kerckhoff Hall

Another underestimated location at UCLA is Kerckhoff Hall. With unique architecture and a coffee shop, Kerckhoff Hall is al excellent location to take graduation portraits.

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6. Shapiro Fountain

Compared to most fountains out there, Shapiro Fountain shines as one of the most beautiful, especially considering the potential backdrops you can get. On one hand, you have Royce Hall as your background, and on the other, the magnificent valley beyond Janss Steps.

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8. Royce Hall

If there were just one spot to recommend to get at UCLA, it would be Royce Hall. With its majestic facade and twin towers, Royce Hall remains the architectural symbol of UCLA. I highly recommend including this location to go with every graduation portrait session at UCLA.

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Major-specific locations

Of my many UCLA portrait sessions in the past, I’ve worked with students from almost every major and degree program. Apart from the general locations above, I highly recommend leaving time during your session to include your study-specific locations. Some of the majors/schools I’ve worked with at UCLA and can suggest include:

  • Anderson School of Business
  • Henry Samueli School of Engineering
  • David Geffen School of Medicine
  • UCLA School of Law
  • UCLA School of Dentistry

I won’t be showing examples of all the major-specific locations to keep it brief, but I’ll be happy to include these in our session plan. Often, incorporating these will make for some super-creative results!

Book your graduation portrait session today!

Now that you have a better idea of all the awesome locations at UCLA, are you ready to book your portrait session? Consider booking with Stanley Wu Photography! I have shot hundreds of sessions at UCLA over the years, leading to knowledge and expertise beyond simply knowing the best spots on campus. Moreover, I am also a UCLA Bruin!

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