If you live in Austin or are thinking about taking photos there, you're in LUCK. This city and the landscape around it is beautiful. There are tons of great locations for portraits.

I've listed all of my favorite locations and fun ideas for photo sessions here on this page. Scroll through the examples, and let me know if you have questions or ideas for your session! – Lauren

Natural Areas

pedernales falls state park

This is definitely one of the most unique and beautiful landscapes in Texas! You'll find streams running across rocky ground, waterfalls, lakes, huge rocks to climb, and hill country views. IT'S THE BEST.
(30 miles west of Austin)

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mckinney falls state park

This stunning park is one of my very favorites!! Waterfalls + Awesome Rocks + Forest-like Trees + Grassy Fields

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circle c ranch park

This park has grassy fields, trails, and foresty trees.
There are usually great bluebonnets in the Spring!

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Brushy creek Park
(CEdar Park)

The park has forest-like trees, grassy fields, a creek, and cool bridges.

This park often has bluebonnets in the Spring!

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bull creek parK

Bull Creek has huge natural boulders, a creek, small waterfalls, grassy fields, and overgrown paths.

Plus, it's right by the 360 bridge overlook! We could easily combine the two locations.

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The meadows Center (San marcos)

This park is beautiful and super unique. It's a nature preserve with grassy fields and ponds with lily pads.

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stagecoach park (buda)

The unique, twisted old trees, walking paths and lake make this park great. It’s usually not crowded either!

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mills pond

Mills Pond is a park and natural area with trails, pretty landscaping and trees, and a beautiful pond with docks.

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Downtown + City

seaholm district + 
lamar pedestrian bridge

The Seaholm District is the coolest area behind a power plant that you never knew existed. Paired with the pedestrian bridge and the trail along Lake Austin, this is an awesome place for portraits.

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ut campus

This is one of the prettiest campuses in the country and a gold mine portrait location for high school seniors, engagement photos,  bridal portraits, and of course, for UT seniors.

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auditorium shores + skyline theater

This park at the edge of downtown Austin has park trees and benches, cool architecture and plants, a giant glass wall, and an open field with a great view of the downtown skyline.

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south congress ave.

Walking up and down South Congress makes for fun and colorful portraits with downtown backgrounds.

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The Boardwalk

The boardwalk is the part of the walking trail along Lake Austin that takes you over the water, on the south side of the lake. It's beautiful!

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austin city hall

City Hall is the place for anyone who loves architecture and cool design. There are also trees and natural backgrounds.

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Zilker Park

Zilker Park is classic Austin spot with a big open field, park trees and trails, and a view of the city skyline.

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downtown san marcos

It's a classic small town downtown... red brick walls, cute shops, and Kissing Alley (a famous spot for Texas State students).

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With a Big View

360 bridge overlook

This is one of Austin's iconic views, overlooking the 360 Pennybacker Bridge with downtown Austin in the distance.

It's also very close to Bull Creek Park! We could easily combine the two locations.

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mount bonnell

This is one of the highest points in Austin, and the views are worth the short climb up a staircase. 

This is a great spot for proposals!

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Venues + Areas to Reserve

One Eleven east (hutto)

This minimalistic white-brick venue in downtown Hutto is one of my favorites!

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Barr mansion

There’s a gorgeous old mansion with a classic white porch, gardens, a modern glass reception hall, geometric wooden backgrounds… seriously so much variety of backgrounds!

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Laguna Gloria

Alright, this place is just awesome. Laguna Gloria is one of two venues in the Contemporary Austin art museum family. It's located along Lake Austin and has beautiful indoor and outdoor options.

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The sekrit Theater

The Sekrit Theater is a beautiful greenhouse tucked in the trees of an East Austin neighborhood.

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lady bird johnson wildflower center

This place is huge and beautiful, especially in the spring! There is a fee of $100 to shoot here, but it's totally worth it!

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Chapel Dulcinea

This is Austin's famous "free chapel"! It's on a small cliffside overlooking the hill country.

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Mattie's is a historic mansion, restaurant, and event venue on an amazing piece of land in South Austin. It's great for proposals!

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