Updated: Nov 5, 2020
Oh, Tannenbaum Photography offers outdoor family photos and portraits. I do not own a studio and prefer to work with natural light. This is why my sessions take place in morning, within one hour after sunrise and in the evening during golden hour (about one hour before sunset). Of course, I'm willing to work with busy schedules, but this is when lighting is most flattering (and when locations are less populated).
Where a session takes place depends on you, the client! If you have a special place in mind, that's where our session will be. I also don't mind traveling, so whether your favorite spot is Enchanted Rock or Blanco, or somewhere else outside of San Antonio, we can go there! Locations outside of Bexar County will require an additional travel fee of $35. If you choose a location that requires an entrance fee, you will be responsible for your own fee. I will pay my own entrance fees. If you a choose a location that requires a Photography Permit, this fee will be added to your invoice.
If you don't have a specific place in mind, check out some of the places where I photograph most frequently or would love to have a session with you.
See end of post for more details about locations and pricing.
The following Locations are my go-to spots.
1. Hardberger Park
Address: 8400 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78230 This area of Hardberger Park has two small fields, a playground, and is close to the Nature Conservancy. It's a great location for Family Photos and Portraits because of the variety of background options in a small area.
2. Brackenridge Park
Address: 3700 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212
This park is perfect for morning sessions, when the park is less crowded. The river, woods, and architectural features make this a great backdrop for a wide range of photo sessions.
3. Botanical Garden
Address: 555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209
The Botanical Garden is perfect for longer sessions so that you can take advantage of all the beautiful spots the garden has to offer. Also, you have to pay an entrance fee, so you'll get your money's worth if your session is an hour or longer. It's also beautiful year round. If your session is around Christmas, the garden is also decorated for an extra festive touch for your photos.
4. Denman Estate
Address: 7735 Mockingbird Ln, San Antonio, TX 78229
This hidden gem in the Medical District part of town, offers something a little different as a backdrop for photos.
5. McAllister Park
Address: 13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd, San Antonio, TX 78247 (multiple entrance options)
McAllister is a very large park with trails and fields. Small patches of bluebonnets can be found here in the spring, too.
6. Walker Ranch Historic Landmark Park
Address: 12603 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216
With woods, fields of wildflowers and wavy grass, and a picturesque bridge, this is one of my favorite locations.
7. Confluence Park
Address: 310 W Mitchell St, San Antonio, TX 78204
This is a wonderful spot to mix some architectural elements in with nature. There may be events happening at the park, so have a backup in mind.
8. Woodlawn Lake Park
Address: 1103 Cincinnati Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201
9. Landa Library
Address: 233 Bushnell Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212
For a classy, more formal look for your outdoor photos, this beautiful Library is a great option.
10. San Pedro Springs Park
Address: 2200 N Flores, San Antonio, TX 78212
Located near the Public Theatre, this is a great location for actors to have their headshots taken before rehearsals! It's best in the morning, especially in warmer months, before the park becomes crowded.
11. Government Canyon
Address: 12861 Galm Rd, San Antonio, TX 78254
If you're willing to pay an entrance fee per person and hike a short distance, this is a great location for photos in a truly natural area. Dogs are welcome in the front portion of the park, too.
12. J Trailhead in Salado Creek Greenway
Address: J Street Park
Located on the Southside, this portion of the Salado Creek is beautiful. With Spanish moss hanging from the trees, to the creek, the bridge, this lil stretch has a lot to offer. Plus there's a parking lot which makes access super easy.
13. Cibilo Nature Center
Address: 140 City Park Rd, Boerne, TX 78006
This beautiful greenspace in Boerne is a perfect location for those who don't mind getting a little dirty or wet during their photo sessions. From the tall grass, bridges, ponds, and Cibilo Creek this park offers a lot of beautiful backdrops for your photography session.
Here are some of the places with an urban look where I have had photo shoots:
1. Hays Street Bridge
Address: 803 N Cherry St, San Antonio, TX 78202
Combine this photo shoot with a drink at Alamo Beer Company (for those old enough) and we can make a day of it!
2. The Pearl
Address: 303 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78215
This is a great spot for a mix of urban and nature as the Pearl offers a variety of backdrops and man-made elements as well as being along the river. Please note that I prefer not to have sessions at the Pearl on weekend mornings due to the Farmer's Market.
3. Essex Modern City
Address: 51 Essex Street, San Antonio, Texas 78210
For fun, gritty, interesting, colorful backdrops, this street art venue is a perfect location. #essexart
I haven't had a photo shoot downtown yet, but am willing to have a session on the streets or at some places downtown. This area would be best for portraits. One area to consider are the streets around the Court House.
5. Hemisphere Park
Address: 434 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205
This downtown location is perfect for morning sessions when the sun peeks through trees and from behind buildings, and when there are less people strolling through. Keep in mind, if an event is occurring at Hemisphere, your session will need to take place on a different date.
6. King William / Southtown
Brick and Blue Star Arts Complex is a great place to meet for photos with more urban style backdrops. If there's time, we can venture further into town for more murals, bridges, and photos along beautiful streets.
The San Antonio River
The SA River has many sections. Pick which ever one best suits your style (or is closer to your home)
1. The Pearl
Address: 303 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78215
The Pearl is a very popular spot in San Antonio, not just for family outings or friend gatherings, but for photo sessions. There is a reason for this popularity. The industrial styled buildings and landscaping offer interesting backdrops for family and portrait photography alike. Along with the Pearl itself, the accessibility to the river is a bonus. It's also decorated during the Holidays.
2. Mission Reach
A great meeting place would be Confluence Park. There's parking and easy access to the river.
If you're looking for an urban feel but want to be along the river, Southtown is the perfect location. There is plenty of nature elements along the river with a cityscape and urban features to satisfy the look. We can meet near Brick and Bluestar or the Guenther Bridge.
4. Downtown (near the Tobin)
Address: 100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX 78205 (to help find the general area)
This area of the river is less crowded and has plenty of urban features to add different textures and landmarks to your photos. One thing to keep in mind with photo session downtown, is knowing where to park.
5. SA Museum of Art (Museum Reach)
Address: 200 W Jones Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215
This stretch of the river offers more of the urban feel with elements of nature. It's great for a portraits. With steel, brick, cement and storefronts nearby, there are plenty of background options in a small area.
**At this time, I will not shoot on the River Walk portion of the San Antonio River.**
Other options where I'm willing to photograph but will need time to obtain a permit are: The San Antonio Missions, Japanese Tea Garden, and the McNay Museum.
If you have a favorite spot or somewhere in mind where you'd like your session to take place, let me know! I am also willing to travel outside of Bexar County for a $35 travel fee (exceptions apply for Weddings).