List of Parking Rooftop for Photos in Minneapolis & St Paul

Some rooftop parking lot can be the perfect location for an engagement session or a ceremony.

Indeed, all rooftops won’t work and some condition, such as the direction of the cityscape, the sun position and the weather would directly impact the result of your pictures.

I have listed below some parking rooftop that I have scouted a few years ago in 2017. Given lot of couples asked me, I have gathered pictures to show you the options.
But first, let’s see what are the quality of a good parking rooftop, and what you should take in consideration for your pics.

Quality of a good parking rooftop

  • It offers a nice view on the cityscape.
    Thus it is located nor too far, nor too close to the city, and the view is not obstructed. It can be located in the center of the city if the building is tall enough.
  • It’s surrounded by other photogenic buildings (not too far, and not to close either).
    Brick and stone buildings are perfect, but glass-wall buildings would work great too, adding a touch a blue.
  • The last level is at the perfect high regarding the adjacent buildings.
    The role of the adjacent buildings is to create a sensation of depth and thus to induce dynamism in the image.
    Think of a forest canopy. The view should not be above all the other buildings, and not but obstructed by a massive wall just in front.
  • It is empty.
    That sound pretty obvious. Most parking is empty during the weekend and thus are perfect for us. If they are used for the event, then we should avoid them.

Take the sun position in consideration

After choosing the parking lot offering the best view, the major element to take in consideration is the sun.
Let’s simplify, the best for the photographer is to have:

  • The sun in front of him (so behind the building).
    Thus the photographer can play with sun rays diffraction)
  • the sun in his back.
    In that manner, the couple and the background are both well lightened.

In consequence, some rooftop would be better for morning, some would be better the the sun set.

Minneapolis

1010 Ramp – Lot 2039

Address: 601 10th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Google Maps Link:

City Scape direction: West /North-West

Best Time: morning, or sunset (sun behind buildings)


NRG Parking Ramp

Address: 324-398 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Google Maps Link: clic here.

City Scape direction: All around

Best Time: All day (some part of afternoon partially protected by the shade of adjacent buildings)


Minneapolis Club Parking: 220 8th Ave NE Garage

Address: 220 8th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Google Maps Link: click here.

City Scape direction: all around

Best Time: Afternoon and all day long (some part of afternoon partially protected by the shade of adjacent buildings)


Leamington Ramp

Address: 1001 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Google Maps Link: click here.

City Scape direction: North

Best Time: Afternoon to end of the day.


Hennepin Avenue Ramp – Lot #180

Address: 25 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Google Maps Link: click here.

City Scape direction: South, South East

Best Time: All day long


Twins Target Field – Event Parking

Address: 317 N 5th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Google Maps Link: click here.

City Scape East

Best Time: Morning


Government Center Parking Ramp

Address: 415 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Google Maps Link: click here.

City Scape West

Best Time: Morning, afternoon (sun in the back)


Downtown Auto Park

Address: 409 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Google Maps Link: click here.

City Scape West

Best Time: Morning, afternoon (sun in the back)


Other rooftop parkings on my todo list

910 LaSalle Ave Parking

Address: 910 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Google Maps Link: click here.

City Scape North

Best Time: Afternoon, end of the day (sun in the back)


Ramp C

Address: 318 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Google Maps Link: click here.

City Scape North

Best Time: Morning, afternoon

Saint Paul

Capital City Plaza Parking Ramp

Address: 50 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

Google Maps Link: click here.

City Scape South, West, North

Best Time: Afternoon


Jackson Street Ramp

Address: 345 Jackson St, St Paul, MN 55101

Google Maps Link: click here.

City Scape: All around

Best Time: End of Afternoon

Parking Ramp (Work)

Address: 145 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55101

Google Maps Link: click here.

City Scape: South

Best Time: Afternoon

World Trade Center Parking Ramp

Address: 477 Cedar St, St Paul, MN 55101

Google Maps Link: click here.

City Scape: South

Best Time: Afternoon