Congratulations! You’re engaged and are now looking for the top or best engagement session locations in or around Dallas area. In this blog post you’ll find my favorite locations all for different reasons and of course styles. I compiled different location option ranges from urban-city, lake and outdoor, parks and canals. SO many options here to get your wheels turning with inspiration.
White Rock Lake in Dallas is always going to be on the top of the list of favorite spots. Reason number one is because of its versatility. White Rock is so big, but I have my tried and true specific locations for each season. My first option for couples who want a “dock option is the location close to the filter building. There’s a convenient parking spot nearby and it’s the perfect place to begin with. It’s also a personal favorite for overcast days. My 2nd spot is over by Winfrey Point. I can shoot here all year and get completely different results each session. This lake is definitely a staple in my engagement session portfolio.
Parking: Open parking
The Dallas Arts District is a beautiful area to have your engagement session at if you want a city-urban view. My suggestion is to wear a more formal look here or city-chic attire. You can get different settings in such a short radius. My personal favorites are by Arts Hall Hotel, and just along Flora St to get a nice faraway view of the skyline. Behind the Winspear Opera hOuse you’ll find walls full of texture and adds to a variety of cool photos to have in your final engagement gallery.
Parking: There are several parking garages to use with a fee, but if you can snag a parking over by the high school it’s free.
This is probably one of my favorite hidden gem locations to use in downtown Dallas for engagement sessions in a sculpture garden. Yes, there is a permit required to shoot sessions here, but the view and vibe is worth it. If you’re into willow trees, art, and different. This may be the perfect location for you.
Fee: Permit fee required with The Nasher ( $500+)
Parking: Parking garage required.
When asked where I suggest doing an engagement session in uptown Dallas. I always say…”well anywhere really!” If there’s good light and places to walk and talk and just shoot the couple in their true element, the location becomes irrelevant. DO I have a few suggestions for uptown photos? Absolutely!
Fee: Free around State Thomas Neighborhood, there is a permit required to shoot at The Hotel Crescent.
Parking: Parking meters or parking garage.
Highland Park area is another one of my favorites. This can actually be broken down in so many different categories.
I’ll list all the parks great for engagement photos or couple photos below.
This quaint park is actually really beautiful and it stays pretty lush and green all year. It has stone steps that lead down to a creek. Bridges, and little walking trails. It’s especially beautiful in the spring when flowers are blooming. It gets darker sooner here than other locations because there is an abundance of trees so I always suggest starting earlier than sunset time.
This location in Highland park has a more open view of turtle creek. There’s a bridge and different little sidewalk paths that lead to beautiful secluded spots.
A few others to consider are:
The SMU campus is another favorite for engagement sessions. This one’s for couples who love a bit of history, architecture, or for the love of your alma mater.
Parking: Free as long as you park in free parking spots.
Fee: Free around the park area.
Parking: Free or parking meter
This plano location is a favorite for Dallas Engagement Photos. ALmost every day of the week you will find photographers here and it’s definitely not hard to see why. The hills at the front of the park is perfect for sunset photos. If you don’t mind the walk there’s a hidden creek and so many trails to venture off to.
I really love the canals and I’ll be honest I haven’t photographed at this location in such a long time. I guess it’s time to change that! This location has a bit of old world vibes. Big European doors are one of my favorite things from this location. The scenery is a hint of architectural design and modern. You can even rent a gondola and have a private gondola ride for two.
Fee; Permit $50 required
Parking: depends can be free depending on where you park
If you want a view of the skyline and just an overall view of Dallas, this is a great spot.
There’s actually so much you can do in this area. If there hasn’t been much rain during the time you plan the session, you can even venture towards the bottom of the Margaret Hunt bridge and get a whole different view.
Want a harbor view and a cute lighthouse in your photos. The Harbor at Rockwall is a great location spot.
If you want a great outdoor location with open fields, dirt roads, lots of greenery. This may be a great location to consider for your engagement session. It looks very green and lush in the spring and summer. The photos below will show you what it looks like in the late fall.
If you’re looking for a location with a european background. Adriatica in Mckinney is the perfect location for an engagement session. I usually start off by the insurance building and then work my way over by the lake. There are so many fun spots to use around this area and the inspiration is endless.
Prairie Creek Park still made the list because it’s such a beautiful location. You’ll come to find that it’s also a hot spot for photographers. My suggestion is to either do a sunrise session here or pick a weekday evening like Monday or Tuesday. The Waterfall is the perfect backdrop, but this area if you venture off the beaten path, will find many hidden gem spots as well.
Rockledge Park is a popular spot. I honestly haven’t had the opportunity to photograph here, but here’s a direct map to this beautiful beachy location perfect for any engagement session.
Fee: Photography Permit required $50
Last, but certainly not least is the Dallas Arboretum. This isn’t really my favorite place to do an engagement session unless it is during the early morning and/or during MON-WED.
Any other day at The Dallas Arboretum is a no-go for me. It gets overcrowded and the best spots are usually oversaturated with people or other photographers. The best sessions I have had at The Arboretum have been during the beginning of the week.
That was a lot of information, but I hope you found useful as you look for the perfect engagement session location.
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