So it’s your senior year and aside from graduation, it’s time to start thinking about that one thing… senior pictures! But what if you don’t even know where to start? Most importantly, your senior portrait experience should be fun and easy going from beginning to end. To help with that, I’m super excited to announce that it’s Senior Week here on the blog! Over the next few days, i’ll be posting all about how to get the most out of your session. Styling, props, locations, and more- it’s all coming this week in the ultimate KHP Senior Guide!
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Now that we’ve covered what you can expect, what to wear, and what to bring to your session, let’s talk about locations! The DFW metroplex has tons of great options from open fields and parks to more eclectic, downtown areas. Where we take your senior photos is another great way to showcase your personality, so we want to make sure it’s the right fit! I’m always open to suggestions from my clients, but to help make the process a little easier, I’ve come up with a list of my favorite senior spots in DFW.
FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS
The Stockyards is probably one of my most requested places for senior pictures! It’s a historic landmark for Fort Worth, and has a variety of backgrounds and textures. Brick roads, wooden structures, and train tracks make up the main road with grassy areas and western architecture intertwined throughout shops and restaurants. Something to take note of, parking is around $5-$10 and it can get pretty busy on the weekends!
Tandy Hills Park
After a recent shoot back at Tandy Hills, it's quickly become my #1 spot for spring photos without a doubt! During April and May, wildflowers cover the fields, giving you a really pretty backdrop. There's also a ton of unique spots with trees and a really neat view of Downtown Fort Worth at sunset. Not to mention, the golden hour light is KILLER. Tandy Hills is located about 15-20 minutes south of Alliance Town Center, and it's definitely a hidden gem in our area!
I absolutely LOVE Magnolia! It’s charming, fun, and full of funky backgrounds with bold colors. It’s one street made up of small businesses like Melt Ice Creams and Avoca Coffee and has so many great photo ops! If you’re looking for a laid back lifestyle type of vibe for your senior photos but don’t want to worry about the hustle and bustle of downtown, Magnolia is for you!
NORTHWEST COMMUNITY PARK
Just off of Blue Mound Road in North Fort Worth, this park is nature’s hidden gem. During spring, wildflowers cover an open field, sitting next to giant rocks and wooded areas. There’s also a really nice grassy area that overlooks a large pond and is surrounded by a creek and dirt roads. This is my go to spot for golden hour photos because it’s close by, never super crowded, and has lots of room to wander.
BEAR CREEK PARK
If you’re wanting to go the park route, Bear Creek Park in Keller is perfect for you. It’s a popular spot, so we’ll definitely have to take the time and day into consideration! This location has a few different areas for photos, including grassy fields, a super cute gazebo, a creek, and walking trails that lead you back to a bridge and shaded area. Parking won’t be a problem and it’s completely free!
PINK PINEAPPLE STUDIOS (BEDFORD)
Pink Pineapple is my go to studio anytime I have mini sessions planned! They have THE CUTEST props and backgrounds for every season you can think of, plus you’re welcome to bring your own! If weather is a concern or if you’re looking for something indoors, this is the way to go! It’s one large open room with gorgeous natural light and a few different set ups that are completely customizable. Something to be aware of- since it is a studio, your session rate will be higher to cover the rental cost.
YOUR HIGH SCHOOL
If you’re involved in any sports or extracurricular activities, we can always use your football field or dance hall to our advantage! Bring your uniform along and we can get some super fun shots of you in your element. Just make sure to get permission from your coach or principal before your session!
SUNDANCE SQUARE & DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH
If you’re looking for options during your session, heading downtown might be a good idea! We can walk around and look for benches, buildings, and staircases that we both enjoy and take photos as we go. Sundance Square has a super cute little structure that’s always decorated with a boho kind of feel along with a unique alleyway that’s home to a Jazz Lounge. The Water Gardens aren’t too far away, so we could always make a stop there! In regards to parking, there’s a garage with incredible views right next to the movie theater and Bass Hall that’s free on certain days and times.
Southlake Town Square
Southlake Town Square has no shortage of photo ops! The streets are lined with upscale shops and restaurants and sitting areas with fountains, gazebos, and benches. Early morning or evening photos here would be best since lighting can be incredibly harsh in the middle of the day! One thing to keep in mind is that it can get super busy, so we’ll need to take that into account.
BUFFALO RIDGE PARK
Located just behind Haltom High School, Buffalo Ridge Park is a really nice nature area with two playgrounds, a baseball field, and wooded areas. We’ll have to do a little bit of walking, but there’s an open grassy area that’s absolutely perfect for golden hour photos! There are two parking lots with access to different areas of the park, along with a large creek lined with rocks.