Garland, TX

Garland, part of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, has so many awards for cost of living, quality of life, and economic growth that we would bore you listing all of them. Suffice it to say; Garland is thriving. A healthy economy, various businesses, and arts and entertainment for every taste.

When you’re looking for a photo shoot location in Garland, take your time. Or take your pick, because there are a lot of beautiful and unusual places to choose from.

Spring Creek Forest

A forest? Of course. What better place to have your family, engagement or wedding photos taken than in a real forest?

Early Texas settlers culled most of the forested areas. But in the 1980s, a man named Bobby Scott stumbled into the Spring Creek area and noticed that the trees were… different here. Chinquapin, Bur, and Shumard oaks soared over 100 feet. 100-year-old trees all the way up to 300-year-old trees, with trunks four feet thick have been carefully preserved for the public to enjoy.

The entire nature preserve surrounding the forest is picturesque. But the trees are a centerpiece you’ll want to include in your photoshoot.

Rowlett Creek Preserve

For a natural setting with various settings, check out Rowlett Creek Preserve, in the center of Garland. Pose on one of the flat prairie areas, or beside the winding creek. Several trails wind through the preserve, and dogs are allowed (please keep them on their leashes), if you want to include your furry family member in your portraits. There is no charge to enter, and the hours are 6 a.m. to midnight.

Poetry Place

Inside or outside, Poetry Place combines vintage and urban details to create a space that is photo-worthy. There are large open spaces and small, intimate rooms to choose from. If you’re planning on a long photoshoot, you can make a day of it with catering options. They host weddings and events, so setting up for your session is a breeze. Contact for details.

Lake Ray Hubbard

If you’re planning on sunset waterfront photos, head to John Paul Jones Park at Lake Ray Hubbard. One of the largest bodies of water in North Texas, Lake Ray Hubbard is 22,000 acres, providing beautiful backdrops. You can set up your photo shoot on the pier, or along the half-mile trail winding through woods along the waterfront.

Historic Downtown

Filled with historic buildings, antique shops, eclectic shops, and music venues, downtown Garland gives you several options to choose from when planning your photo shoot. New and old blend together, long streets offer beautiful perspective photos, and there are murals and brick walls to use as backdrops.