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A happy family guide's to picking out the perfect location for family photos. Image by Photography of Sarah Mae. A Dallas Family Photographer

Family Photoshoot Location Guide

Photographer Sarah Mae holding her camera up to her eye inorder to take your picture.

Hi friend! So glad to have you here!

Choosing the location for your special session can be difficult when you don't know what it will look like in pictures. Hopefully these photos will help you decide the location you want to do your photoshoot at. Don't forget you can always email me if you have a special location in mind. I want you to feel secure in how AMAZING your photos will look. 

Love, Sarah

Quick Overview

Below are the types of different photography locations you'll find around the DFW metroplex:

BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE
NEAR WATER
WOODED AREA
OPEN FIELD
URBAN
INDOOR STUDIO
SEASONAL


If you know what type of background you want to do your photoshoot at, go ahead and click on the section to see what locations I recommend with that type of scenery.

A family of girls smiling while their picture is taken at the Prairie Creek Park Bridge during their family photoshoot with Photographer, Sarah Mae.

BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE

DALLAS ARBORETUM

The Dallas Arboretum offers a magnitude of gorgeously maintained plants and backgrounds to set your photos apart. Throughout the holidays the gardens are filled with some great accents as well (like gourds in Oct, strung lights in Nov/Dec, etc.) **Entry and parking is covered by photographer's membership.

A mother looks down at her daughter lovingly as the little girl laughs during their family photoshoot with Photographer, Sarah Mae at the Dallas Arboretum.
A man looks lovingly at his wife as he approaches her with her back up against a stone wall. The wife gives the camera a coy smile. Image taken during their family photography session at the Dallas Arboretum with photographer, Sarah Mae.
A family of three smiles toward the camera as they stand under a canopy of trees during their family photography session at the Dallas Arboretum. Image captured by Photography of Sarah Mae.
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An extended family smiles towards the camera as a gentle breeze pushes their hair off of their faces. The small group is standing in front of the Bella Donna chapel in the Adriatica Village in McKinney, TX for their family photoshoot with Photographer, Sarah Mae.

ADRIATICA VILLAGE

This hidden gem in McKinney will make people wonder if you traveled to Europe for your family photoshoot. Cobblestone walkways and architecture that lends itself to classy and upscale vibes. In the Spring, the dogwood trees are in bloom.

A loving couple is wrapped in each other's arms as they mean against the rock wall that lines the canal at the Adriatica Village during their family photoshoot with Photographer, Sarah Mae.
A family of four while giggling look towards each other while standing at the water's edge in front of the Bella Donna Chapel in the Adriatica Village during their family photoshoot with Photographer, Sarah Mae.
A couple strolls along the path around a clock tower at the Adriatica Village during their family photoshoot with Photographer, Sarah Mae.

DAVIS PARK

In Dallas, this location has beautiful manicured grass, lots of ivy and stonework, and a gorgeous rock bridge. It gets dark earlier here, so we need to make sure we schedule our session a little earlier than normal.

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Other beautiful locations

MANDALAY CANAL (Irving)- This is a small and charming area along the canal in Irving feels more like you’re taking a walk through Europe than through Texas. Plenty of unique textures, beautiful doors, bridges, columns, stairways surround this beautiful waterway. 

(I haven't done a family photoshoot here, but I have done some bridals!) *A $50 photography permit is required for this location*

Architecture

NEAR WATER

WHITE ROCK LAKE

This gorgeous Dallas location is famous for its beautiful views, from the Winfrey point side of the lake you can see downtown Dallas in the background to the other side of the lake (Plaza Solana) where there is a very charming pier, beautiful rock bridge and open field.

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PRAIRIE CREEK PARK

This beautiful location in Richardson sports both a gorgeous wooden bridge, waterfall, and winding trail all within 3-5 minute walk. Especially shady during the evening, this is a perfect setting for those golden light photos.

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VITRUVIAN PARK

This beautifully maintained park rests in downtown Addison. With tree-lined walking paths, and a wide creek that cuts through the park it makes such a gorgeous background for engagement photos. For a more industrial look we can even take some fun pictures on the large red bridge that crosses the creek in front of the downtown area.

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Other beautiful locations:

ROCKLEDGE PARK (Flower Mound) - This location is SO unique! It has a coastal/beachy feel, and it’s seriously so amazing. When the water levels are normal, you can walk down to the beached areas and also make use of the cliffs. Please note, there is a $50 photography permit to do a session here, and the entree is $10 per car.

WOODED AREA

MURRELL PARK

Lovers of the outdoors will appreciate this Flower Mound location as you’re surrounded by beautiful greenery and the lakeshore. This is one of my favorite spots as it always has fantastic lighting, and the nature preserve is massive! 

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Other beautiful locations:

STONECREEK PARK  (Flower Mound) - This location is stunning. The rocks around the creek give all sorts of great feels! The spot is always crowded during the spring and summer by evening and sunset time. I recommend have your session done during morning this way you get to enjoy the park and the whole experience.

DECATUR PINES (LBJ Grasslands) - This hidden gem sports tall pine trees, and a ground littered with pine needles. It is reminiscent of being up in the mountains. It's a bit of a drive, but it's totally worth it! In fact, it's where I had my own family photos taken in 2022!

Near Water
Wooded Area

OPEN FIELD

Open Fields

ARBOR HILLS NATURE PRESERVE

Arbor Hills is a 200 acre preserve in Plano with beautiful fields and small charming hills. It is my favorite spot to shoot at sunrise time, because the light is always on point and hits between the trees. This gorgeous spot also sports a beautiful little stream for the more adventurous families.

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ERWIN PARK

A beautiful open field in McKinney surrounded by tall trees and winding bike trails make this location the perfect location for those tall grass photos (without actually having to wade through the grass).

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NORTHWEST COMMUNITY PARK

A beautiful park outside Fort Worth, this sweet location boasts an open grassy field, low rock wall, and small pond and pier.

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Other beautiful locations:

Tandy Hills (Ft Worth)- Open fields, wild flowers, Fort Worth landscape view and very cute hills, this place has it all! The best part is, the access to the fields is easy and the sunset view is stunning. 

URBAN AREA

DOWNTOWN MCKINNEY

This spot will always be a favorite of mine. Here you'll find charming and photogenic store fronts and a handful of murals. A bonus feature of this location is a park on one end for those wanting both urban and nature filled images in their session. Plus there are lots of cute places to grab dinner or dessert within walking distance after your photoshoot.

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DOWNTOWN CARROLLTON

This picturesque downtown area is home to some sweet photo-ops, including: the Carrollton Theatre, gazebo, fountain, I "heart" Carrollton sign, as well as some charming store fronts and murals. 

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DALLAS OPERA HOUSE

This location allows you to choose between contemporary high-rise buildings with cobblestone-paved promenades or perfectly manicured lawns with vine-draped walls. I especially love the shallow pool in front of the Opera House for splashing around in and getting beautiful reflective photos.

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FORT WORTH STOCKYARD

While the stockyards are definitely famous for their rustic 'cowboy' feel, this location has so much more to offer with its beautiful cobblestone and brick downtown shopping district, to the gorgeous trinity falls trail. If you book an hour long session we can even visit the pretty cactus garden around the corner! 

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Urban Areas

INDOOR STUDIO

LUMEN ROOM

In Texas the weather can be very unpredictable, which is why I absolutely LOVE the Lumen Room! They have three studios- two in Dallas and one in Fort Worth. Each studio has something special about it, whether it be the furniture/backdrops they offer, or the color of the floor and brick wall. The room rental is added on top of the session fee, but in my opinion, it’s SO worth it. I love the simplicity of the room, because it makes the subjects shine! *Rental starts at $80hr.

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Indoor Studios

SEASONAL

BLUE BONNET FLOWERS - APRIL

This Texas tradition sweeps through the Dallas metroplex mid-April. There are several locations I love to capture family photos at, including Carrollton (cute bridge/stream), McKinney (young trees and pond), and Sunnyvale, TX (evergreen trees and small hills).

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WILD FLOWERS - MAY
Picture this: wide-open green spaces, cute little bridges, and a chill pond – talk about the perfect recipe for epic shots! In Richardson you'll find nature's beauty in full swing at this park.

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ROSE GARDENS - NOV/FEB

With winding paths, a stunning array of blooming roses, and quaint vine-covered arches, the Rose Gardens in Farmers' Branch offer a variety of picturesque spots to craft unique and timeless compositions.

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Other beautiful seasonal options:

CHRISTMAS (Indoor Set Up in McKinney or Bedford)- Typically these set-ups have Christmas trees, presents, wreaths, etc. If you are interested in what there is available at our local studios give me a holler and I can send you some promo pictures.  

SUNFLOWERS - JUNE - There is a beautiful sunflower field and greenhouse just South of Dallas in Waxahachie that I have been DYING to go capture family photos at. I'm talking drop-dead gorgeous larger-than-life flowers, and a beautifully sunlit glass greenhouse just waiting for us to frolic and play in. 

Seasonal
Dallas Wedding Photographer,  Sarah Mae posing with her camera

Whew! Thanks for perusing all of these beautiful locations with me. I hope you found a spot that speaks to your heart.

This is by no means a complete list of all the places I've taken family photographs at, just my favorites. ;) If there is anything that you didn't see that you would like to get a photographer's opinion please let me know! 

I'm so excited to photograph you and your beautiful family at our session! I hope you are getting excited too.

xoxo,

Sarah Mae

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