Just about any outdoor location can make for a great setting for pictures. This family picture was taken within walking distance from my parents house. The natural backdrop of the woods with its tall trees, bushes and grassy areas are perfect for capturing those shots! You want your surroundings to compliment your subjects not take away from it. Go out there and take a look at what local areas where you live make a great spot for family pictures. You might be surprised at what you find.
Harry Myers Park is one of my favorite places for a photo session. This park is located close to downtown Rockwall, and offers a dog park, swimming pool, community building, three playgrounds including KidZone, walking trails, two baseball fields, three ponds, an
amphitheater, a sprayground, BBQ grills, gazebo, pavilions, natural open spaces and a skate park. I love the park because you can have an entire photo session in the park with literally hundreds of locations for scenic shots. My favorite areas of the park have a cute white gazebo, old white frame house, wooden shed, a small cotton field, ponds and a long bridge that make for awesome pictures. Almost any weekend you go, you will see someone taking pictures. Great location that is in the city, but has lots of outdoor space.
Samuell Farm is located in Mesquite off highway 80 between Beltline and Collins. The area was originally deeded to the city of Dallas by Dr W. W. Samuell to be
used as park land and is estimated to be around $60 million. Earlier the property had animals and activities for children such as hayrides, summer camps, horseback riding and fishing but these days its more used as a picnic area and places for school trips. This location offers numerous spots for scenic pictures. There are open areas framed by large trees, ponds, bridge and rock area, as well as an old red barn that makes for a great backdrop for pictures in a natural setting. Samuell Farm makes a great place for photographers as well as offering a little bit of country life in the city.
I love the spring time, and one of my favorite places to take pictures is in a field of Texas bluebonnets. The bluebonnets add such vibrant blue colors that really stand out in a picture. The down side of pictures in the bluebonnets is they only last for about a month, and the vibrancy of the color depends on the amount of early spring rain we get. So if you see a beautiful field of bluebonnets, don't delay in taking pictures. The flowers may only be around for a short time. Go ahead and get those pictures!
I love to capture those special moments in people's lives through photography. I am constantly looking at a scene and thinking how could that work in a photo session, or what angle would work to capture the beauty that God has blessed us with.