LOCATIONS

To help you plan your next photo session, here is a list of locations where I have previously had sessions. You can choose from this list or suggest another location you have in mind. See the end for some locations on my "bucket list".

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Confluence

Address: 310 W Mitchell St, San Antonio, TX 

Best time of Day: Morning or Evening Golden Hour

Best time of year: Spring and Fall 

Fees: None

Pros: Offers a variety of backdrops in a small area, a mix of urban and natural elements, and signature architecture unique to SA. There's also a parking lot.

Cons: There is occasionally events or yoga occurring under the pavilion on the weekends

Need to Knows: Kids may be tempted to get into the river

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Hardberger

Address: 8400 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 

Best time of Day: Morning or Evening golden hours

Best time of year: Any time of year

Fees: None

Pros: There is a large parking lot within walking range, beautiful golden colors, great spot for sunset

Cons: Very busy during October - November

Need to Knows: Grass is itchy so best to bring a blanket or ask for me to provide one

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Brackenridge

Address: 3700 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 

Best time of Day: Morning

Best time of year: Spring and Fall

Fees: None

Pros: Plenty of parking within park or at the Zoo, an iconic staple of San Antonio, on a cold fall morning steam rises from the river

Cons: Afternoons are extremely busy with joggers and families

Need to Knows: I prefer one location within the park over others due to crowds and large number of birds in other sections, but always open to venture around entire park 

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Walker Ranch

Address: 12603 West Ave, San Antonio, TX

Best time of Day: Evening 

Best time of year: All year

Fees: None

Pros: Beautiful foliage and light and a bridge for great backdrops without venturing far from your car

Cons: Small parking lots are usually full because its a popular park for exercising, photography, and kids

Need to Knows: Its a very popular spot (for good reason) in the Fall for family photos

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Cibolo Nature Center

Address: 140 City Park Rd, Boerne, TX 

Best time of Day: Mornings

Best time of year: All year

Fees: $20 photo permit (included in session fee)

Pros: Beautiful fields, pathways, and creek offer stunning backdrops year round

Cons: Very popular spot for photos, especially in the evenings, and crazy busy during November 

Need to Knows: Small parking lots are available but fill up fast in the evenings. This location is also available for my River Sessions

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Botanical Gardens

Address: 555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX

Best time of Day: Morning

Best time of year: All year

Fees: $195 photo permit (paid by client on day of session) will be required for photography (7 ppl max)

Cons: Very steep photography fee

Need to Knows: Sessions begin based on opening and closing times. As of 2022, this location is best choice for longer sessions

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Hays Street Bridge

Address: 803 N Cherry St, San Antonio, TX 

Best time of Day: Morning or Evening

Best time of year: All year

Fees: None

Pros: Great views of Downtown

Cons: Need to park on the streets surrounding entrances to Bridge

Need to Knows: Evenings are more popular whereas mornings have the occasional yoga class

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The Pearl

Address: 312 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX

Best time of Day: Weekday mornings

Best time of year: All year

Fees: None 

Pros: Great mix of urban and natural elements

Cons: Can be extremely crowded on weekends and in the evening.

Need to Knows: I do not recommend sessions on the weekend and will not do them weekend mornings due to the Farmer's Market. I also do not recommend the Pearl on weekend evenings during the holiday season in the fall.

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Hemisfair

Address: 434 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 

Best time of Day: Mornings

Best time of year: Spring and Summer

Fees: None

Pros: Great urban space with fun, colorful backdrops including flowers, murals, and waterfall features

Cons: Downtown can be busy and distracting so it is not for every family

Need to Knows: There are a few parking lots available nearby. Spring and summer are best for beautiful flowers in the park and option for kids to play in the fountains

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Essex Modern City

Address: 51 Essex St, San Antonio, TX

Best time of Day: Morning or Evening, within business hours M-F only

Best time of year: All year

Fees: none

Pros: Best location for graffiti and murals without worrying about traffic 

Cons: Weekends are not available, after operating hours require a fee

Need to Knows: Some days may be unavailable if they are hosting events or closed for maintenance

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McNay Art Museum

Address: 6000 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX

Best time of Day: Morning 

Best time of year: All year

Fees: $30 photo permit paid by client

Pros: Beautiful building surrounded by gardens and sculptures

Cons: Evenings are very popular for bridals so getting spots with good lighting may require patience

Need to Knows: Only outdoor photography is allowed. Special permission is required for inner courtyard access

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J Street Trailhead

Address: 3500 J St, San Antonio, TX 

Best time of Day: Evening

Best time of year: Spring and Fall

Fees: None

Pros: Spanish moss hanging from the trees

Cons: Just need to watch out for cyclists

Need to Knows: It's a small stretch of the trailhead so most images will be taken on the path, bridge, and near the path

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Landa Library

Address: 233 Bushnell Ave, San Antonio, TX

Best time of Day: Evening golden hour

Best time of year: Spring and Summer

Fees: None - a permit is required with 10 days advance notice

Pros: Elegant backdrop

Cons: Small space

Need to Knows: No photos are allowed indoors. There is a small parking lot

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Government Canyon

Address: 12861 Galm Rd, San Antonio, TX 

Best time of Day: Evening Golden Hour

Best time of year: Any time but summer

Fees: $6 per adult

Pros: Easy to have an area all to yourselves. Great for hikers who want to go further into the park during a longer session

Cons: Requires some hiking to reach some spots not covered by trees. 

Need to Knows: Dogs are only allowed in the "front country". Reservations are currently required

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Denman Estates

Address: 7735 Mockingbird Ln, San Antonio, TX 

Best time of Day: Morning or Evening

Best time of year: Spring and Fall

Fees: None

Pros: Unique spot in San Antonio

Cons: If the pond is low, it can be look less appealing

Need to Knows: Entrance to the park is a one way, so make sure you're entering correctly

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Park in Heltoes

Address: a Secret until you book

Best time of Day: Morning or Evening

Best time of year: Year round

Fees: $40 photo permit, paid by client

Pros: small, somewhat hidden natural area

Cons: very few parking spaces (hence my keeping location secret)

Need to Knows: There is a bumpy dirt road when you enter. Portapotty is available

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Joshua Springs

Address:716 FM 289, Comfort, TX

Best time of Day: Evening

Best time of year: Year round

Fees: None

Pros: Large parking, several backdrop options with the river and grassy hill

Cons: Can't swim in the river

Need to Knows

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Hot Wells

Address: 5503 S Presa St, San Antonio,

TX 78223

Best time of Day: Evening or Morning

Best time of year: Year round

Fees: None

Pros: Parking, unique to SA, restrooms, close to the River

Cons: Not a lot of shade

Need to Knows: Bug spray is recommended

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Southtown 

Address: Brick and Blue Star Arts Complex

Best time of Day: Hour after Sunrise or Golden Hour/ Sunset

Best time of year: Year round

Parking: The lot is for customers and fills up quickly so be prepared to buy a coffee or stay for dinner or park on the streets

Pros: Urban feel with access to the San Antonio River and King William neighborhood

Cons: Can be busy 

Need to Knows: Can be distracting for young kids but also lots of things to see and explore 

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Enchanted Rock

Address: 16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Best time of Day: Sunrise or Golden Hour/ Sunset

Best time of year: Fall through Spring

Fees: $8 per vehicle

Pros: Parking, unique to hill country, beautiful scenic views

Cons: Requires a permit - must purchase 30 days ahead of session - no earlier

Need to Knows: Hill is steep, dogs not allowed on Hill. 

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Bullis County Park

Address: 27583 Old Blanco Rd,

San Antonio, TX 78260

Best time of Day: Golden Hour/ Sunset

Best time of year: Spring

Fees: $0

Pros: Parking, wildflowers in spring

Cons: Its a bit small

Need to Knows: Park closes at sunset ( 8 pm in Spring - Summer)

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Studio

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San Antonio

Keep in mind that Studio Sessions will be dependent on availability at your preferred studio location. 

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Eilan Hotel & Shops

Address: 18603 La Cantera Terrace, San Antonio, TX 78256

Best time of Day: Golden Hour

Best time of year: Year Round

Fees: Free

Pros: City scape with a European vibe

Cons: Busier in the evening when the lighting is best

Need to Knows

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Canyon Lake

Over Look Park Address: 601 Coe Rd, Canyon Lake, TX 78133

Comal Swimming Park Address: 1178 Comal Park Rd, Canyon Lake, TX 78133

Best time of Day: Golden Hour/ Sunset

Best time of year: Year Round

Fees: $8 per vehicle

Pros: Lake, Grass and Tree backdrops beautiful scenic views, perfect for summer sessions

Cons: Limited parking

Need to Knows: Hill is steep to reach rocky beach, trails are steep and rocky, must leave before blue hour

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Location Bucket List

I'm looking for a family or couple to join me at one of these locations! Will you be the first to explore a new location with me?

 

*I may give a discount if you are the first to choose & have your session take place at one of these locations marked with a *. To receive a discount, you must sign a model release. If you choose a location not marked with a * and sign a model release, you may be allotted more time for your session at no extra cost.

Downtown

San Antonio

Location: Courthouse & Plaza, Market Square

Medina or Boerne Lake*

Must be willing to get in the lake in summer

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Location: Lakehills, Texas

Southtown
San Antonio

Location:  Neighborhood near Rosario's/ Liberty Bar/ Good Kind

West Texas*

Location: Big Bend, White Sands, Marfa, etc.

Japanese tea gardens

Location: San Antonio

Guadalupe River State Park*

Must be willing to get in the river

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The Beach*

Location: Corpus to Port A