How to Find Perfect Austin Family Photo Locations
Choosing Austin family photo locations might seem like a big deal but it really doesn’t have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your Austin family session so it’s important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:
- What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around Austin for inspiration. It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard like this one in Northwest Austin. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas too.
- Is permission required for your location? Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind. If it’s not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first. For instance, I have photographed several family sessions at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, and know all the requirements.
- Is it accessible? Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round or you might not be able to get to them at all. Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location. Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look neat but it’s best not to put yourself in harm’s way. This is also an important thing to consider if anyone has special needs and cannot get around as easy as you’d like. For example, The University of Texas at Austin is a great location and has plenty of accessible options. It also happens to be a popular spot for those Longhorn fanatics. Hook Em!
- How do you get to your location? Will it be easy to walk to the session location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it. Mary Moore Searight Park is the perfect example for this. Not only is there a big parking lot, they also have a restroom. An easy walk from the parking lot looks like you are outside of the city with the perfect nature backdrop.
- Will the photo session be in a public place? When the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic, ask yourself whether you are comfortable being photographed in front of others or not. If not, you might want to rethink your choice in location. South Congress Avenue is a popular location in Austin for many types of photo sessions. The crowds, especially on weekends, can get very large. But, as long as you are okay with it, your trusted photographer can make it work, just like we did below in front of Hotel San Jose.
Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot. Your photographer is a great resource in how to find perfect Austin family photo locations. Don’t be afraid to contact them to ask for ideas when you get stuck.