Many clients and other photographers write to ask where the best places to shoot in San Antonio can be found. If I’m not shooting at your home, I like a site that is kept up nicely and has various backgrounds to choose from. In reality, I only need a nice green tree or a rock wall, but for family portraits, it’s fun to move around and have places to sit, stand, run, etc. A centrally located site also helps for clients to be able to find it or for dad to be able to meet us if it’s a weekday.
1) Landa Library and Gardens It’s no secret that Landa offers a beautiful setting for pictures! With a garden area, a porch with columns and assorted benches, and short walls to sit on, it’s a popular spot for many photographers. It’s also a great place to take little ones for reading time and to play on the playground. There are many “backgrounds” to choose from, including a bamboo wall, the garden, the building itself, a column/porch area, and “nooks and crannies” to find shade. Backlit shots are also fun to do if the timing is right. Bonus for pets being allowed!
2) McNay Art Museum A long-time favorite for bridal portraits, the McNay offers some great spots for family portraits as well. The Museum, which was actually the first museum of modern art in Texas, allows photographers on its grounds for a small fee (and inside for a larger one). There are so many popular spots here it’s hard to list them all! With a large expanse of pathways, fountains, gardens, and ponds, it’s hard to find a place that wouldn’t make for a great image. If you are lucky, the fountains will be on, which adds some fun for the bigger kids. If you are taking a toddler or “runner”, I highly recommend bringing a helper as there are several steps and water attractions that those quick little legs always go running for!
3) Denman Estates Park Hidden in the Medical Center (literally behind a Lowe’s!) is a little gem of a park that might be my new favorite spot! With a pond, tree canopy, and even some ducks, the Denman Estates Park offers some interesting photo opportunities hard to find anywhere else in the city. A long fenced trail surrounded the pond on one side and makes for some fun family images. Pets are welcome here as well.
Are you looking for family pictures? I offer custom sessions on weekday mornings and outdoor Sunday afternoon sessions at various times throughout the year. E-mail me for more info or to get on the list for the Sunday sessions.