Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth bills itself as a big, small town, with lots of wild west destinations, big city amenities, and art all over. And when you’re planning a photo shoot in Fort Worth, you can pick and choose to suit your style. Here are some highlights of the best places to pose.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Perhaps it’s a bit cliché, but there’s a reason many choose the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as their backdrop. Year-round, the 109 acres offer footbridges, a blooming Rose Garden, and 2,500 species of plants. The Japanese Garden features magnolias, cherry trees, and bamboo, plus koi ponds and paths throughout.

Built in 1934, the botanic garden hosts events and has many educational programs, but it will be the architecture and secluded places perfect for close up shots that you will find idyllic.

Downtown Water Gardens

Nestled in downtown Fort Worth, the Water Gardens are a perfect spot for night photography sessions, as the aerating pool is filled with fountains and lights, creating dramatic shots when lighted at night.

The Fort Worth skyline is visible from several locations within the gardens, and the contrast between urban heat and cool flowing water is striking. Cypress trees ring a calm blue pool and create an unusual backdrop for those wishing to find water in the middle of the city. The cascading water is meant to be enjoyed by visitors, so if you want to wade in for some photos, your personalization will shine through the pictures.

Fort Worth Stockyards

Brick streets, cowboys, and longhorn cattle are what make the stockyards a destination photo location. Wear your boots to blend in, or wear your dinner attire to stand out, but there are many rustic, beautiful backdrops to choose from here.

Pose in the street, alongside any of the historic buildings, or you can rent a room from several businesses located within the stockyards. Most have backdrops and old west architecture to compliment whatever look you’re aiming for.

Log Cabin Village

There’s no better word to describe this venue other than “rustic.” Several log cabins, most of them on the state’s historic register, are situated among trees and gardens, and make beautiful backdrops for photos. Shady groves and simple structures highlight the Log Cabin Village, and it is easy to navigate.

Check with your photographer, as many have yearly memberships to the site. If not, there is a standard fee to be paid and gives you access to all the grounds.

Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House

This historic home is built high on a bluff overlooking the Trinity River. Tours are available, and the inside and outside are equally picturesque. Thick, rich mantles, painstakingly manicured lawns and hedges, deep mahogany wood throughout the house. There are few spots more interested or steeped in history as the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House.

Contact the visitor’s center for hours and availability.

Airfield Falls Trailhead And Conservation Park

This beautiful natural waterfall has its own park, thanks to conservation efforts in Fort Worth. A plateau of rocks slows the water just enough to allow for wading when the water level is low, and the trails leading up to the waterfall are lined with native plants that invite butterflies galore.

Even if you aren’t wanting a very nature-inspired photoshoot, the C-9 aircraft housed in the entrance to the park, and the symmetric and colorful runway light poles near the pavilion create several more photography options.