When it comes to family portraits, shooting in a studio tends to be a popular choice, but these types of shots all end up looking the same. If you really want to end up with some awesome family portraits, then pack up the DSLR and head out to one of these DFW spots where you’ll find plenty of picture perfect backdrops. You can also find more places to take family photos here.
The Mustangs Of Las Colinas
Williams Square Plaza
5205 N. O’Connor Drive
Irving, TX 75039
The Mustangs of Las Colinas, featuring nine bronze horses galloping across a granite stream, provides a perfect backdrop to highlight your family’s free-spirited style. The life-like sculpture honoring Texas’ pioneering heritage was created by African wildlife artist Robert Glen to serve as a focal point in the main plaza of Las Colinas when the area was first developed. The installation is not only the largest equestrian sculpture in the world, it’s also one of the most photographed spots in North Texas. If you come to take personal family photos, you should have no issues. However, if you’re scheduling a professional shoot, you’ll need to coordinate it with the City of Irving.
Dallas Heritage Village
1515 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75215
This 20-acre site, set in the shadows of the Dallas skyline, boasts 38 fully restored 19th century structures that include everything from a log cabin and a Victorian mansion to a school house, a general store and a farmstead complete with live animals. The historical significance of the village makes it a popular locale for film and photography, and the views of Dallas’ dazzling skyline from here can’t be beat. There is a small admission to get in, and if it’s a professional shoot, you’ll want to check about the guidelines before you come out.
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Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Dallas, TX 75201
New York City may have Central Park, but the bragging rights deservedly go to Dallas for creating a 5.2-acre oasis on top of a sunken freeway. With all of its unique amenities and architectural details, Klyde Warren Park offers photographers plenty of creative inspiration for setting up a picture-perfect scene. Along with its lush landscaping and sweeping city views, the park features scenic promenades, granite walkways, whimsical fountains and an awesome children’s area complete with climbing structures to pose on. Weekends tend to be a busy time in the park, so try to plan your photo-op during the week or early in the morning.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
705 S Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051
There’s no shortage of photo opportunities along Grapevine’s charming Main Street, where many of the buildings either date back to 19th century or have been constructed to look as if they do. But if you really want an idyllic spot to strike a pose, head over to the old railroad depot where everything from old buildings to vintage railway cars will provide you with endless frame-worthy pics. The best time to shoot photos here is when the trains are not running, so be sure to check the schedule before heading out.
420 Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
When it comes to ideal photo locations in Fort Worth, many people tend to overlook the variety of settings that can be found in Sundance Square, located in the heart of downtown. This 55,000-square foot plaza is filled with lively restaurants, shops and hotels, most of which are housed in beautifully restored buildings. There’s also a 216-foot jetted fountain, a 65-foot-long water wave wall and another decorative fountain in the center of a European-style courtyard attached to the side of the Jett Building. Speaking of the Jett Building, it’s where you’ll find the iconic Chisholm Trail Mural that was created by Richard Haas in 1988 to commemorate the Forth Worth segment of the Chisholm Trail cattle drives of 1867-1875. This three-story trompe l’oeil is one of the city’s more photographed images and was even used as a backdrop for ESPN during the coverage of the Super Bowl.
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