McKinney, TX

McKinney, Texas, the second-largest city in the county, is located roughly 30 miles north of Dallas and has a thriving downtown and arts community. The Collins county seat, businesses, and families thrive on a booming economy and pride themselves on their tourism in McKinney.

Both the city and the county are named after Collin McKinney, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and a congressman for the Republic of Texas. He helped establish counties in the northern part of the state.

Recently named the third fastest growing city in America, McKinney offers many areas that are picturesque. When planning your photoshoot, here are some highlights to consider.

Downtown McKinney

There is something cool about downtown McKinney, with its old buildings and neat avenues.

Downtown enjoys a variety of artistic venues, modern businesses, and a bustling community. There is no shortage of historic backdrops and quaint storefronts to pose before, and with a busy festival season during summer and fall, you may find surprises to add to your photos.

Old Settler’s Park

Nearly 30 acres of rolling landscape and trails makes Old Settler's Park a perfect setting for pictures. Bring the family (pets, too, if you wish!) and find a quiet spot, or take some action pics at the barrier-free playground.

Mitas Hill Vineyard

Inside or outside, your photo shoot will be graced with elegance and beauty at Mitas Hill. Besides the event center, with its glass, wood, and stone complimenting the lush grapevines and gardens, the panoramic views are stunning. They describe themselves as a destination with “signature relaxed elegance and uncommon hospitality”, precisely what you want when you book a venue for an elegant photoshoot.

Erwin Park

More than 200 acres of park with trails, natural groves, and open spaces, Erwin Park is sure to offer you more than one option for pictures. One particular trail features a tree-lined path, with soaring branches creating a beautiful arch. Erwin Park is open to the public.

Adriatica Village

A newcomer to the McKinney scene, Adriatica Village has designed itself as a quaint European villa, complete with a beautiful riverfront, a bell tower, and stone structures throughout the community. Businesses and homes pepper the area, and a charming little chapel is in the middle of all the activity, providing a backdrop that is decidedly sophisticated and unique.

Heard-Craig Center for the Arts

Victorian charm fills this house turned art center. The lovely gardens surrounding the center provide a perfect venue for photos, weddings, even tea parties. And if the gardens and house aren’t enough to charm for you, the carriage house will make you feel like sitting down to a cup of tea and indulging in a spot of conversation. Available year round, make sure to reserve your spot before you head over with your photographer.