Choosing a great location is one of the most important pieces of setting your photoshoot. The backdrop you select will set the stage for the entire session and will be an essential piece of every shot, pose and, ultimately, the finished product. We recommend picking a spot that's special to you. Either a spot you love, somewhere you frequent or a place that best represents your family.
Need some ideas for inspiration?
Deep Ellum - Dallas, Texas : In the heart of Dallas, this neighborhood has a lot of artistic character. Outdoor wall murals, weathered buildings, and neat little alleyways are just a few of the things that make this such a great Photography spot.
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge - Dallas, Texas : Catch the best view of the Dallas skyline and the amazing Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge designed by famed architect Santiago Calatrava. This is a postcard-shot view of the entire Dallas-skyline. There is usually sweeping tall grass, as well as some neat spots covered in large rocks underneath the bridge.
White Rock Lake - Dallas, Texas : This is a perfect location at sunset during any time of the year. And during the Fall, this area catches fire with colorful leaves. There are several fishing docks, bridges, tall grass, worn pathways, and plenty of trees and rocks.
The Dallas Arboretum - 8526 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas : If you are wanting something more natural for your Session, the Dallas Arboretum may be the perfect place. It's rich array of foliage, exotic flowers, and themed gardens are some of the most picturesque in Texas. Winding pathways and streams curve through 66 acres of beautiful landscape.
Fair Park - Dallas, Texas : The State Fair of Texas location is a great place for fun, playful pictures. When the State Fair is in town, grab your balloons, and cotton candy and let's hit the rides! From the top of the Texas Star to the bumper cars, there are tons of places to have fun and get great images.
The West End - Dallas, Texas : The West End in Dallas is great for little more of an older city vibe. Some brick roads, historical buildings with worn brick and peeling paint - it's got a lot of patina! It is a great location at sunset, because it's the last part of the city that gets sunlight. It fills up and everything glows and take on an ethereal look. It's a very classy-looking and traditional location.
Prairie Creek Park - 2305 W Prairie Creek Drive, Richardson, Texas : Located right off of 75 in Richardson, this is one of the best-kept secret locations any time of year. It is exceptionally beautiful during the Spring, however. There is a nice wrought-iron bridge, pathways, big grassy areas, and waterfalls that are big enough to be impressive, but shallow enough for you to get in and take some really fun photos.
Winspear Opera House - 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas : It's actually what's around the Opera House that is great for photos. There is a reflection pool that's only a quarter-inch deep, so we can create some fun, creative images in the water without risking your clothing. It looks like you are walking on water! There are also tons of buildings and streets that scream "Dallas". At night, the area comes to life with lights, making this a perfect location for shooting after dark.
Lakeside Park - 4601 Lakeside Drive, Dallas, Texas : Set in Highland Park, this park has a newer, upscale vibe. It was designed by the same planner who developed Beverly Hills. A beautiful lily pond, long wooden bridge, and stone pathways and stairs create a lot of elegant spots to shoot. There are also waterfalls here.
American Beauty Mill - 2400 S Ervay Street, Dallas, Texas : This urban location is perfect if you're wanting something more run-down and vintage. It used to be a Dallas flour mill but has been retrofitted into lofts. A lot of character from the mill has been preserved, expect to find rusty metal stairs, worn brick, vintage elevators, old pieces of equipment from the flour mill, and even a rooftop view that overlooks the Dallas skyline.
Rockwall Harbor - Rockwall, Texas : Sitting on Lake Ray Hubbard, Rockwall Harbor is about 25 minutes east of Downtown Dallas. It is a great location at any time of day, but really is spectacular at sunset. The area has an upscale energy with newer buildings with big reflective windows, serene wooden decks, and even a working Lighthouse. During the summer evenings there are fountains that dance and light up with different colors.
Harry S Moss Park - Dallas, Texas : You want nature in its rarest form - this location is perfect. Situated in Lake Highlands it is untouched by development. It has mazes of trails to get lost in. Open areas with tall grass, wildflowers, and views to the Downtown Dallas skyline are next to dense wooded groves. Walking paths carve their way through these thickets - explore around to find bridges, benches and streams.
After you have narrowed down the list, it's important to think about some key logistics: are there restrooms? Is the distance from the parking to the actual shoot location far? If so, pack comfy shoes for everyone! Will there be places to change outfits, retouch hair and makeup and relax between shots? Will there be crowds nearby - and, if so, are you comfortable shooting in front of others?
We've seen amazing sessions everywhere from backyards to an Opera House, lakes to open meadows. We know the area and can help make recommendations based on your family's unique needs, personalities and inspirations.