Our photographers share ideal outdoor spots for family, engagement, and wedding photos—plus tips for how to take the perfect portrait.
Dallas ArboretumDallas, Texas
Photographer Gary Clark says: “In the spring, there are thousands of tulips, daffodils, and dogwood blooms. Everywhere you turn, you bump into a bride having her portrait taken. There’s no charge for shooting, but be dressed when you arrive—no getting ready in the bathroom.”
Where to shoot: Jonsson Color Garden
Rules and fees: No fees beyond admission and parking. Inside photos are allowed only if you’re accompanied by a staff member.
Gary’s best tip: “Shoot on overcast days or in open shade. Do not ever shoot in full sun. It just ends up looking harsh.”
8525 Garland Road; dallasarboretum.org or 214/515-6500