When I moved to Dallas in August of 2018, I felt so lost. In Austin I had my locations on LOCK. I knew the best places for lighting, indoors, all the secret spots. And then I moved here and felt like a deer in the headlights. After some sleuthing and (much) trial and error I’ve compiled some of my favorite Dallas locations for photoshoots. I’ve created an even more in-depth and comprehensive Dallas location guide for all of my clients, if you’re interested in getting the full vip experience, send me a message and let’s chat about your vision!
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Prairie Creek Park is one of my favorite Dallas photoshoot locations because it is smaller and compact but provides some awesome backdrops. There’s a small waterfall feature as well as a couple bridges. It can get a little crowded with local photographers but if you come on weekday you should be good! This is the location I shoot all my mini sessions at!
Best time of day : the morning, but this spot has lots of shade so all day it’s great. It does get darker earlier because of the shade.
Cost : free
Parking : lots of street parking and a small lot off of W. Lookout Dr and W. Prairie Creek Dr.
Accessibility: medium, very accessible from the car and relatively compact. But the waterfall feature is rocky and a little hard to traverse.
If you want a rustic vibe, with open fields and grass, Arbor Hills might be the perfect spot for your Dallas photoshoot. It’s quite a big park so if you’re not able to traverse easily or have a stroller it may not be the best option. In order to get the most even, golden glow, a sunset shoot is a must! The cool lookout structure is about a 10 minute walk away, so if you’re wanting that photo make sure to let me know!
Best time of day : two hours leading up to sunset
Cost : free
Parking : huge free lot with ample spots, can fill up on weekends.
Accessibility : poor. Must go down a hill or ramp in order to get to the open area. All the good spots are about a 5 minute walk. Flat shoes are advised!
One of the absolute best Dallas locations for photoshoots! The Botanical Gardens are a great location if you want a variety of backdrops and beautiful flowers and color. I love shooting here but lighting can be a bit tricky as they close at 5pm. I recommend getting here at 9am for the best light! However, some of my favorite shoots have been at this location.
Best time of day : 9am-10am, both for good light and lack of crowds
Cost : $15 entry per person including photographer.
Parking : $15 for parking including photographers, can get crowded so give yourself time to find a spot!
Accessibility : medium, very flat and easy to traverse but if you want a variety of locations there is a bit of walking.
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Deep Ellum is such a fun Dallas location, it might even be my favorite place to shoot. If you want an urban environment with lots of fun colors, this is the location for you! I love popping into local coffee shops and breweries to capture my couples vibe. There are tons of different murals scattered around, so go walk and explore! There’s not a whole lot of shade in this location, so go in the evening or early morning! I also highly recommend a weekday shoot as weekends can get very busy!
Best time of day : two hours leading up to sunset on a weekday. Not much shade and very crowded on weekends.
Cost : free
Parking : metered spots, parking lots and free parking on Crowdus street. Give yourself at least 15 minutes to find parking.
Accessibility : medium, relatively flat but lots of intersections and walking.
If you’d like to see more of my favorite Dallas photoshoot locations or if you have any questions, send me a message!
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