Wondering where the best DFW photo locations are? Look no further because you are about to gain access to my ultimate list of photo spots in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
There are lots of things to consider when planning your family portrait session, but one of the biggest variables is where to have them taken. First, you need to ask yourself what vibe you are going for? Do you want something that feels more modern & urban? Are you hoping for a location that feels natural and untouched? Or, maybe you like the idea of somewhere outdoors that is a little more manicured. No matter what your preference is, DFW has options for all.
- Downtown Fort-Worth
- Downtown Arlington
- Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
- Oliver Park
- River Legacy Park
- Airfield Falls
- White Rock Lake
- Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
- Fort Worth Bontanical Gardens
- Grapevine Botanical Gardens
- Flippen Park
- The Lumen Room
- New Light Studio
Best DFW Urban Photo Locations
If you prefer the sleek look of the skyline and textures and tones over grass and trees, then an urban spot might be best for your session location. Downtown Fort Worth has a lot of little hidden spots that make interesting photo backdrops. A popular spot is Magnolia Avenue which is home to several local shops and restaurants including Melt Ice Cream that has a brick-clad alleyway and Cherry Coffee Shop that has wooden benches all along the exterior of the building. Another one of my favorite Downtown Fort-Worth spots is the grounds at Kimbell Art Museum. The grounds are beautifully kept and offer a variety of archways, stairs, trees, and even water features. The best part is, there is no fee to shoot (outside) there as long as you are respectful.
Another spot, while not nearly as popular, but equally as great is Downtown Arlington. There are lots of older buildings with great texture and character. There is a Babe’s which has a rustic feel with a wood and stone exterior. The Arlington Theater has fun blue tile accent walls. There are also several different colorful murals. One of the best things about this spot is that it is not too big, so it is easy to get from one spot to the next. The parking is also free, which is a big bonus.
Best DFW Natural Photo Locations
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
If you are in the Plano or North Dallas area, this is a great option. Actually, it is a great option for everyone in the DFW area because it is worth the drive. This natural area has ample shade, tall grassy fields, and even a creek that runs through it. You do have to be aware of where you are shooting because the trails can get crowded with runners and bikers, especially on the weekends. I enjoy shooting here in the morning because the light is gorgeous as it comes through the trees in the East.
Oliver park might be my favorite outdoor location in the DFW area. I love that it is very spacious with lots of different photogenic areas. There are several different natural field areas that face East and West as well as wooded trails. If you time it right, you might catch a variety of beautiful wildflowers in the spring.
River Legacy Park
I feel like I am letting you in on a secret here because River Legacy is a hidden gem. While it is a popular spot for families because of the great playground and for bikers because of the ample trails, it is a bit off the radar over in North Arlington. I enjoy shooting here because of all the space. I never feel crowded or in the way because of how large the park is. The park offers a lot of variety as well. You can find bridges, wooded trails, open fields, and occasionally wildflowers.
If you are up for an adventure but don’t want to drive too far out of DFW, then Airfield Falls is the ideal spot. Located just minutes out of Fort Worth, Airfield Falls provides such a picturesque setting for portraits. There is easily accessible parking and a paved path for walking. As you travel from the parking lot to the falls, you will pass gorgeous tulips and blooming trees in the spring. The path will eventually lead you to open fields that sit at the top of a smaller scale waterfall. I wouldn’t recommend this location to a family with very young children or children who find it difficult to stay within the given boundaries for safety reasons.
White Rock Lake
White Rock Lake is a very popular spot in DFW, and rightfully so. The lake and the park surrounding it take up a lot of real estate in the Dallas area and it is packed full of gorgeous spots around the lake. Whether you are looking for tall, grassy fields or a more nautical look on the docks – you will be able to find your spot at White Rock Lake. I enjoy shooting here because you can find great locations within the park during the morning or evening. Parking can be tricky around certain areas, but if you don’t mind walking a little bit then you shouldn’t have a problem.
Best DFW Outdoor Manicured Photo Locations
If you prefer a more manicured location with easy parking, paved walkways, and legit restrooms then you may want to look into the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Of course, there is a $15 admission fee to get into the gardens, but if you love floral backdrops and perfectly landscaped grounds then it will be worth it. Another bonus is that navigating a stroller is easy and allows for easy diaper changes and potty breaks with accessible restrooms. One thing to keep in mind is that they do seasonal decor, so some spots might not be accessible during certain times of the year.
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens offer the same luxuries as the Dallas Arboretum, but on the other side of the metroplex. One difference between the two is that the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens requires you to buy a “photography pass” if you plan to shoot there. The pass is good for two hours and allows for up to three guests. The passes are sold on-site at the front desk.
Grapevine Botanical Gardens
Maybe you love the idea of the Dallas Arboretum or the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, but don’t love the idea of paying for admission. If that is the case, Grapevine Botanical Gardens is a great alternative. While Grapevine Botanical Gardens is much smaller in size, it is a great alternative that is public (free) and still beautiful. The park is very well kept and offers gorgeous seasonal blooms. The park can get quite busy during the spring and fall, but there is generally enough space to navigate. There are little pockets of “natural area” (meaning not necessarily landscape), which is the best of both worlds.
Flippen Park (Dallas)
Similar to the Grapevine Botanical Gardens, this park is public (free) but incredibly well kept. Here you will find water features, gazebos, bridges, and beautifully manicured landscaping. These spots can get pretty busy during peak season, but if you don’t mind waiting your turn or navigating other park-goers, you will find this spot to be a great option.
Best DFW Indoor Studio Photo Locations
The Lumen Room (Multiple Locations)
If you prefer a more controlled environment (hello air conditioning in August) or you are afraid of what the Dallas weather might throw your way, a natural light studio is the safest bet. One of my most frequented studios is The Lumen Room. They have multiple locations across the metroplex, all of which offer gorgeous light and a variety of props. My personal favorite is The Lumen Room on College Ave. in Fort Worth. Located in an older building with tall ceilings and large windows, this studio is bright, inviting, and interesting.
New Light Studio (Bedford)
New Light Studio is a cozy studio in the Bedford area that has an immense number of props (chairs, couches, benches, and a bed). The light is gorgeous and they even provide additional light sources for your use. One of my favorite parts of the studio is the finished floor. That might sound strange, but not all studios are created equal – especially the flooring. Another bonus for this spot is that they offer 15 and 30 minute time add ons which is great if you are needing only 45 minutes versus an hour.