Just in time for spring
Our list of favorite spots for your next outdoor photo shoot
Beautiful weather is already upon us, making this an excellent time to schedule any outdoor portraiture on your to-do list before the intense Texas heat starts creeping in. Whether it’s a family photo session, bridal or engagement photos, or another special occasion, we’ve cultivated a list of some noteworthy outdoor settings that are just perfect for capturing memorable photos. Take a look at some of the gorgeous outdoor photo shoot spots we’ve listed below.
The Cullen Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Fine Art provides a striking blend of urban and natural elements all in one setting. The landscape there is sprinkled with many trees, statues, and concrete walls of varying heights. These walls provide a creative geometric backdrop and have varying degrees of foliage or sculpture adorning them. Other standalone sculptures are scattered throughout the lawn as well, providing a very eclectic atmosphere. This spot is great for those that aren’t afraid to get creative with their space and perhaps even have some unusual features in the background.
In Fish Plaza in front of the Wortham Center, the Wortham Center Waterfall forms a picturesque urban scene as its waters cascade down into Sesquicentennial Park and the Sabine Promenade. This cityscape provides an excellent backdrop for a wide range of portraits and allows for the capture of towering skyscrapers in the background. Even the waterfall itself is achieved in the most urban way possible, with the water flowing down over red-brick steps.
Not to be outdone, Wortham Fountain in Tranquility Park in the heart of downtown is another great option for urban portraiture. The angular design of the fountain mimics the tall skyscrapers that surround it and the large vibrant collection pool provides a remarkable detail. We definitely recommend this spot for a modern and somewhat edgy look.
In this little neighborhood, North and South Boulevards are lined with old live oak trees with early 1900s mansions and red-brick walkways woven throughout. These lovely streets are the epitome of picture-perfect and looking down the pathway through the canopy of oak branches will practically transport you back in time. This hidden gem is perfect for those seeking a more classic style.
Similarly, Wortham Park certainly has a timeless feel to it, making it the perfect spot for engagement or wedding portraits. From the elongated rectangular open-air pond, the vine-covered surrounding walls, or the colonnade in between, it offers beautiful shots from almost any angle.
Another stunning offering of the Museum of Fine Art, the Bayou Bend Gardens contain over fourteen acres of formal gardens and natural woodlands. Whether you are looking for a more sculptured setting or perhaps something a little more rugged, Bayou Bend has a setting to achieve it all. You can even arrange to have the gardens all to yourself for a photography session.
Setting local street art as the backdrop for your portraits can be an awesome way to add character and a touch of home into your photos. That said it’s important for you to choose the mural or piece that’s right for you. It should speak to your personality and mesh well with the relationship to be represented in the photos. For that reason, we’ve opted to offer up a few options instead of choosing just one.
The Sugar and Cloth Color Wall or Biscuit Paint Wall both provide elegant but very colorful backgrounds, appropriate for a wide range of themes. You can also achieve a similar vibe, but three-dimensionally with Synchronicity of Color. Or if you just can’t choose, head on over to the Houston Graffiti Building where countless options await you all in one space.
We hope this helps inspire you to find the perfect spot for your outdoor photo shoot, and we would love to see your end results!