When I moved to Dallas a whopping 3 months ago, 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 locations. This will be an ever evolving list as I branch out and discover all that Dallas has to offer. Let me know if I've missed any of your favorite spots!
OAK LAWN PARK, UPTOWN DALLAS
Oak Lawn is one of my favorite locations because it combines an urban, city feel with a nice nature component. It has a beautiful gazebo and white pillared building that can add structure and interest to any shoot. And the lighting around sunset is gorgeous poking through the trees!
Cost : free
Parking : unmetered spots on Lee pkwy
Accessibility : great! Easy parking, and relatively flat.
DEEP ELLUM, DOWNTOWN DALLAS
Deep Ellum is such a fun 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 reccommend a weekday shoot as weekends can get very busy!
Cost : free
Parking : lots of metered spots, free parking on Crowdus street.
Accessibility: medium, relatively flat but lots of intersections and walking.
DALLAS ARBORETUM & BOTANICAL GARDENS, NORTHEAST DALLAS
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.
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.
WHITE ROCK LAKE, NORTHEAST DALLAS
Lots of amazing docks scattered throughout. There's also quite a bit of greenery for a more traditional backdrop. The lighting is quite harsh, sunrise or sunset shoots here are a must!
Cost : free
Parking : lots of free spots scattered off E. Lawther Lane.
Accessibility : great. Easy parking to dock access with some greenery close by.
ARBOR HILLS NATURE PRESERVE, PLANO
If you want a more rustic vibe, with open fields and grass, Arbor Hills is the spot for you. 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!
Cost : free
Parking : huge free lot with ample spots
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!
FORT WORTH BOTANICAL GARDENS
What a stunning location. These botanical gardens are massive, and there's something for everyone. It had such a unique feel that I really loved. And the lighting was beautiful. The only downside is there are quite a few additional fees.
Cost : $75 for entry, $50 travel fee
Parking : included
Accessibility : medium. The different gardens are quite spaced out, but usually there is a tram to transport you. Lots of steps and stones.
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