Here is the information about picking up location for photography:
Think about how your home or future home will be decorated. Are you funky and a little wild, or more traditional. If the décor in your home is more traditional, rustic or full of vintage pieces, Deep Ellum is probably not going to be a good fit for example. The goal is to get some gorgeous canvases of your Dallas Fort Worth engagement or family photos and put them up on the walls in your home. Deep Ellum is not going to make sense in this case and vice versa for a more modern home. Places with intricate architecture and traditional lines such as a college campus may not make the most sense if your home is all about clean lines and crisp décor. . You also want your images to be timeless so you can display them for years to come.
Pick places that are meaningful to you. If you grew up in Fort Worth , it makes a lot more sense to do your pictures in Dallas Fort Worth instead of Dallas. Other options include going to the places where you first met, had a great first date or even the place that he proposed to you! Often times, the venue you’ve chosen to have your wedding at will allow engagement pictures and bridal pictures to be taken there at no additional charge. This actually works out perfect given the fact you picked your venue because you love it and it reflects your personal style.
A third option is to pick locations based on things you like to do together. I recently met with a bride and we discussed doing part of her session on a tennis court because her and her fiancé are very athletic and love to play sports together. I personally LOVE this particular idea! Now if the weather would cooperate we can get her session done! Brrrrr!
Where he proposed
Your Wedding Venue
Dallas Arts District (Free)
Trinity Park Fort Worth (Free)
The Adolphus – $395 plus 15% hotel tax
Aldredge House – $150
Allen Station Park -FREE
Arlington Hall @ Lee Park – Outside – FREE – Inside – $200 (2 hours, includes dressing room)
AT&T Performing Arts Center – FREE
Cedar Hill Park/Penn Farms – $50.00 event fee (no admission fee). Cedar Hill park must be named as insured and certificate on file with Cedar Hill Park
Chandor Gardens – $75 (2 hours, includes dressing room) Weatherford, TX – 817-613-1700
Clark Gardens – $100 (all day, includes dressing room) Weatherford, TX – Appts & Prepay required: 940.682.4856
The Crescent Hotel – $500 for non clients
Dallas Suspension Bridge – FREE
Deep Ellum- FREE
Downtown Dallas- FREE
Downtown Celina- FREE
Downtown Denton – FREE
Downtown Fort Worth (Sundance Square) Free but call for permit: 817-255-5700
Downtown McKinney – FREE
Downtown Prosper FREE
Fair Park – FREE (non-fair times)
Filter Building @White Rock Lake – ???
Flippen Park in Highland Park -FREE
Flour Mill in McKinney – FREE to shoot outside and around it
Flying Museum Fort Worth – $100.00
Ft. Worth Botanical Garden – ??? – Rose Garden – $25 – Japanese Garden – $75
Gaylord – $1500 for 4 hours
Hickory Street Annex – $250 Hilton Anatole – $250
Hotel Palomar – $500 + signed 3 page agreement
Hotel ZaZa – www.hotelzaza.com Unavailable for portraits for non-clients
Joule Hotel – Unavailable for portraits for non-clients
Lakeside Park – FREE
Lakewood Theater – $200
Lee Park – FREE
Lone Oak Winery in Burleson – $25 http://www.loneoakwinery.com/
Lone Oak Ranch – $35 – 40/hr
Majestic Theater -$150
Marriott Solana Westlake – FREE, notify management (this may need to be re-confirmed)
McKinney Cotton Mill – $75/hr with 2 hr minimum
Prairie Creek Park, Richardson Texas
A serene creek with a waterfall runs through this wooded, linear park with trails & picnic tables.Prairie Creek Park is located in Richardson Texas. The intersection closest to falls is W. Ridgewood Dr and W. Prairie Creek Dr.
Celestial Park, Addison Texas
This quiet, 4-acre neighborhood park on the north side of Celestial Road at Bellbrook Drive is a good spot to sit and reflect on the beautiful surroundings
White Rock Lake – Dallas
White Rock Lake is a 1,015 acre city lake located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. White Rock is one of the most heavily used parks in the Dallas Park system and is the location of many special events and runs. White Rock Lake offers a variety of active and passive activity options and is one of the best places to experience natural areas and wildlife in an urban setting. This Park offers a lot of great spots for photo-shoot.
BABE’S CHICKEN FRISCO, TEXAS
The Frisco Heritage Center is located just east of the Frisco City Hall and Library on Page Street. The Center is located on approximately four acres of City property adjacent to the BNSF Railroad and contains 8 structures plus a steam locomotive and wooden caboose. A visit to the Heritage Center gives you a glimpse of what life was like for the earliest settlers of this area – how they lived, worked, and played. Whether you are a long time resident or new to the area, you and your family will enjoy a visit to the Frisco Heritage Center. Take a stroll through the site or enjoy the view from the gazebo, we invite you to come and see a piece of history.
DALLAS ARBORETUM, DALLAS TEXAS
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a 66-acre botanical garden located at 8617 Garland Road in East Dallas, Dallas, Texas, on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake.
Entree $15 per person and $15 per car
LAS COLINAS CANALS, IRVING TEXAS
The Mandalay Canal is such a charming part of Las Colinas. Old World style gives these office buildings, restaurants and shops a uniqueness from its modern counterparts on the street above.
Follow the walkway as waterfowl swim in the winding canal and rays of sun create interesting patterns along a tree-lined path. It is peaceful and stirring–the perfect gathering spot for those wanting to take a break from workday stress!
Permit Required From City of Irving $50
Addison Circle, Addison Texas
Shops At Legacy, Plano Texas
The 168 acre master planned development of urban style homes, local & national businesses, boutique retail, best-in-class restaurants, a full-service hotel, and public parks & trails.
Spring Creek Forest Preserve, Plano Texas
The Spring Creek Forest Preserve is a city-owned nature preserve located in Garland, a suburb of Dallas, Texas.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Plano Texas
Located on the western border of Plano, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking, orienteering, and other outdoor activity. The observation tower gives a spectacular view of the city.
Chestnut Square, McKinney Texas
Step back in time with a visit to Chestnut Square Historic Village. Sitting on 2.5 shaded acres just two blocks south of the historic downtown McKinney square, Chestnut Square provides an opportunity to step back in time and regain a sense of community.
Adriatica Village, McKinney Texas
Adriatica is a true village and a project unlike any other in the world. The goal is to create a community that in a relatively short period of time replicates villages that have taken centuries to develop.
Frisco Central Park, Frisco Texas
Large Western-themed sculptures, scenic trails & an amphitheater are a draw to this spacious park. Great water features and plenty of green space for enjoying and taking photos.
Grapevine Botanical Garden
The Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park is a beautiful park with trails, streams, ponds, sitting areas and hundreds of varieties of plants for viewing. This garden really is a hidden gem in Grapevine that does not get the appreciation it deserves.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad is a heritage railroad in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, that runs from the Main Street station in Grapevine, Texas to the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Mount Zion Cemetery, Blue Bonnets
Mount Zion Cemetery is located in Little Elm, just North of Eldorado Parkway, on FM 423. This location is nice for senior portraits with it’s rustic feel and large amount of Blue Bonnets.
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is an opera house located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas
Vintage Flying Museum, Fort Worth
The Vintage Flying Museum is an American aviation museum located at Meacham International Airport, Fort Worth, Texas.
$100 for Photo shoot.
Turtle Creek, Dallas Texas
Turtle Creek is a neighborhood running along Turtle Creek and adjacent Turtle Creek Boulevard in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas, Texas. Turtle Creek has also become an adopted nickname for the Oak Lawn neighborhood, though never an official one.
Towne Lake Park, McKinney Texas
Park boasting a large lake with a fishing pier & paddle boat rentals plus trails & a playground.
Texas Sculpture Garden Frisco
Open to the public, the Texas Sculpture Garden and Hall Park Art Collection is a significant and unique collection which celebrates the work of many prominent Texas artists.
Old Red Museum
Old Red Museum offers a unique background for your bridal pictures. They offer bridal sessions available in 2 hour increments for a $150 fee.
One Eleven Ranch
Great park for taking kids, family and engagement photo-shoots. A lot of greenery and amenities available, accommodates approximately around 200 people.
Free for Photo-shoots
Space Off The Grid
The historic Dallas Power and Light Substation used to power the city street lights. The SPACE has been restored and renamed OFF THE GRID. It’s powered up and ready for your PHOTO or VIDEO SHOOTS.