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Best Places in Austin, Texas To Take Family Photos

Best Places in Austin, Texas To Take Family Photos

The 360 Bridge - Field

4801 Plaza on the Lake #1200 Austin, TX 78746

This is a field location along Lake Austin with the 360 Bridge (aka the Pennybacker Bridge) in the background. It has beautiful backlight opportunities as well as the gorgeous 360 Bridge and Lake Austin in the background. 

Challenges: The grass has a lot of sharp burrs in it; closed toed shoes are highly recommended! Location is unavailable May - September.

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The 360 Bridge From Above

5300 N Capital of Texas Highway Austin, TX 78730

This location is near the field mentioned above, but you actually park along 360 and walk a quick, 5 minute hike up. It provides breathtaking views from a high up location with Lake Austin and the 360 Bridge below. It is also a very outdoorsy location with beautiful trees, rocks, and flowers. It provides a good opportunity for silhouette photos as well.

Challenges: parking along 360, it can be crowded (although not always - this is unpredictable), you have to walk up a short but steep trail to get to the location, once there you are high up without any fences (may not be the best location for small toddlers). 

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Bull Creek District Park

6701 Lakewood Dr Austin, TX 78731

Bull Creek District Park provides a very outdoorsy backdrop with water, rocks, and beautiful, big trees. If the water is shallow and the weather warm enough there is an opportunity for playful water photos and/or water maternity photos.

Challenges: Can be crowded during the fall. This location is unavailable during May-September.

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The Woodlands at River Place

8820 Big View Dr Austin, TX 78730

The Woodlands at River Place is a gorgeous location providing big, beautiful trees and a gorgeous leaf floor (during the fall) with an inlet of Lake Austin in the background. During the spring bright flowers bloom, adding pops of color to the photos. It also has unique benches to sit on created from fallen trees.

Challenges: None

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Brushy Creek in Cedar Park

3300 Brushy Creek Rd Cedar Park, TX 78613

Brushy Creek Lake Park is a beautiful location providing sprawling fields and a large lake. This is a particularly stunning spot during Bluebonnet season in the spring. 

Challenges: Can be a bit busy and it is a little bit of a walk from the parking lot. 

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The University of Texas

110 Inner Campus Dr Austin, TX 78705

The University of Texas is a unique location that provides a variety of appointed architecture and stunning light. More natural spots are sprinkled within the campus to give a good variety of both nature and buildings. This is a great location for anyone looking to take family photos in Austin, but particularly for Alma Maters to UT. 

Challenges: Parking and a good amount of walking to take advantage of the many beautiful spots - may not be the best for young children unless you bring a stroller or a wagon. 

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Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park

12138 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78753

The Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park is a beautiful location with trees, trails, bridges, and waterfalls. This area provides variety, is sprawling, and is excellent for furry friends. 

Challenges: Trails can be tricky in high heeled shoes, a little bit more walking involved than a typical shoot

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The Long Center

701 W Riverside Dr Austin, TX 78704

The Long Center provides an edgy, urban location showcasing Austin's beautiful skyline in the background! In addition, the steel metal wall along with the reflective windows of the Long Center provide great opportunities for some unique photos!

Challenges: It is necessary to arrive early for parking, the location can be a bit crowded at times (which we work around, but may result in waiting a few minutes for optimal set up of some of the photos), and we need to check the Long Center schedule to ensure we aren't there when a show is beginning or ending and/or an outdoor event is not happening on the terrace where we shoot.

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The Sekrit Theater

1145 Perry Rd, Austin, TX 78721

The Sekrit Theater is a beautiful glass house surrounded by trees in a shabby chic setting offering a picture perfect location for stunning photos. 

Challenges: There is a fee of $130 to photograph here. Because of this I offer mini sessions one evening in October for an opportunity to take advantage of this location without the added cost for my clients. Mini sessions at this location last about 15 minutes and include at least 30 edited images. Spots are limited and fill up quickly. If you are interested in booking a regular session here, it is best to contact me early - golden hour reservations fill up fast!

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The Art Barn

14284 FM2769, Leander, TX 78641

The Art Barn is a creative space unique to Austin with a variety of spaces to shoot beautiful photos. There is a textured barn, beautiful light rays coming through trees, and shabby chic art throughout the grounds to add a little spice to the photos. 

Challenges: Coordination of date and time for the shoot with the owner of Art Barn is required.

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Commons Ford Ranch

614 North Commons Ford Rd,  Austin, TX 78733

Commons Ford Ranch is a gorgeous location offering beautiful backlight and open fields along with an old barn which provides texture and variety to the photos. 

Challenges: none

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The Domain

11520 Rock Rose Ave, Austin, TX 78758

The Domain Shopping Center is a fun, urban location with lots of color and energy! This location is best utilized for a shoot during the morning (hour after sunset) to minimize crowds. It is a fantastic option for seniors, branding, or families! 

Challenges: a good amount of walking is involved here

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The Lumen Room

2307 Thorton Rd #213, Austin, TX 78704

The The Lumen Room is a studio in downtown Austin that is great for simple, clean photos. It is a bright white room filled with beautiful natural light and fun seating options (velvet couches and chairs). This is an excellent choice for headshots or a modern family shoot. Morning shoots are best here (9am-12pm)

Challenges: $75 booking fee for 1 hour

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Seaholm District

710 West Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701

Located in downtown Austin, the Seaholm District provides a unique urban landscape with a variety of backgrounds, color, and lines. 

Challenges: A good amount of walking invloved so is not recommended for families with small children. It is usually crowded, so some waiting may be required for shots with certain backgrounds. 

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Lake Travis

16410 Stewart Rd, Lakeway, TX 78734

Does your family own a boat? If so, why not do something a little different and go for a lifestyle photoshoot? We'll head out about 1.5 hours before sunset and take some active photos along with some posed photos! The kids will love it! Photos shown below were taken on Lake Travis, but I'll meet you at your favorite lake!

Challenges: None

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Star Hill Ranch

Star Hill Ranch, 15000 Hamilton Pool Rd, Bee Cave, TX 78738

Star Hill Ranch is a beautiful, rustic location that provides so much variety, texture, and color! 

Challenges: $65 fee to shoot here and there are often events scheduled on weedkends. A week day shoot is best at this location. 

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River Place Field

6500 Sitio Del Rio Blvd,  Austin, TX 78730

River Place Field is a simple location offering beautiful backlight and an open field. Short sessions are best here.

Challenges: lack of variety in backgrounds

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Mayfield Park & Nature Preserve

3505 W 35th St Austin, TX 78703

Mayfield Park with it's stunning grounds provides a beautiful backdrop for a photoshoot. Scattered coy ponds and peacocks walking around, in addition to beautiful backlight highlighting lush greenery and a variety of backgrounds all within a short walking distance. 

Challenges: A $60 fee and a reservation is required to shoot here. Early booking is imperative to secure this location. Young children may be distracted by the peacocks and coy ponds which means the shoot may be more of a documentary style and less posed. 

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Lindsay is an award winning, published, natural light photographer with over 10 years of experience. Based in Austin, TX, she specializes in photographing brands, families, maternity, and newborns. Lindsay serves the greater Austin area, including: Bee Cave, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Lakeway, Leander, and Pflugerville.

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We recently moved to Austin and we’re looking for a professional maternity photographer to capture this beautiful memory for us. We are so glad to have found Lindsay as she not only recommended a perfect place according to our expectations but also made us so comfortable.Me and my spouse both loved her work!
Karima H.
Karima H.
Lindsay is an outstanding photographer! It is truly an experience working with such a professional and gifted photographer who is so friendly and easy to work with! I highly recommend Lindsay. My headshots for the next phase in my career have come out better than what I would have imagined and so grateful to Lindsay for that! Can't wait to work with Lindsay for our family photos next!
Bhavana S.
Bhavana S.
Lindsay is excellent at what she does. Our family had a wonderful experience with her and the photographs are mind blowing. This is our first maternity photoshoot ever and we are happy to say we will go back to Lindsay for our next event. Lindsay is very responsive, accommodative, relaxed and fun photographer. I have a 4 year old who hates to pose for photographs. Guess what, Lindsay got around that easily and got him engaged for an hour. Lastly, my goal was to make my wife Happy and worth the effort. I am happy to say Lindsay knocked it out of the park. Highly recommend her.
Sri Krishna V.
Sri Krishna V.
Lindsay is an absolute dream to work with! We have been lucky enough to have her shoot both our family photos and maternity photos a year apart. I was blown away with the results each time. She perfectly captured the moments we wanted to hold on to forever. We will continue to work with her in the future as our family grows.
Katie P.
Katie P.
My wife and I did a mini bluebonnet session with Lindsay and she did a wonderful job! She let us include our dog and she was super accommodating to make it a mini maternity photo session for my wife who was 36 weeks pregnant. The photos were ready super quick and the website for accessing the photos was simple and convenient. Thanks Lindsay!
Jarrett T.
Jarrett T.
Amazing work and quick turn around; very responsive communication and beautiful results
Dallas D.
Dallas D.
Lindsay did an amazing job working with our large extended family of 15. We get to spend lots of time together, but have never taken the time to have someone else capture those moments. We are so happy we now have this beautiful images to cherish. Lindsay was helpful on choosing a beautiful location, different groupings of our family, and even encouraged us to have some fun photos/less posed--that turned out to be some of our favorites. We can't wait to work with Lindsay again in the future.
Julia D.
Julia D.
We just had our family pictures taken by Lindsay. She did a great job! Very friendly and easy to work with. We will definitely be scheduling Spring pictures with her! I also think her pricing is pretty reasonable as well. You won’t regret!
Lauren R.
Lauren R.
Lindsay does a fantastic job taking family photos! My family has used Lindsay a couple of times for our family photos and we are very happy for the photos she took. You will not be disappointed in selecting her. She is very responsive, professional, and edits your photos and gets them to you in a timely manner! :)
Megan W.
Megan W.
WOW! Don’t have enough wonderful things to say about Lindsay! She did our extended family photos last week and we were ALL so impressed with her (even the guys that don’t normally like to take pictures!!). She kept our crew of 18 people moving and got through all the shots we wanted in no time, even with kids and babies in tow. She captured such precious moments of our families and will cherish these pictures for generations to come. Lindsay was a dream to work with on the back end as well, very responsive and organized, and we had our edited prints back in days!!! She is warm and friendly so much FUN to work with!! We’re already thinking of what occasion we can hire her again for!!
Miranda M.
Miranda M.
Lindsay was a dream to work with! We did a mini session with our 4mo newborn and Lindsay far exceeded our expectations. From the get go, she responded quickly and answered all of our questions. As first time parents and wanting to get family photos done, we had no idea what to expect. Lindsay made us feel comfortable and made the session fun and easy. She had our photos to us in a matter of days and they are beautiful! We would absolutely use her again in the future and I wouldn't hesitate for a second to refer her to family and friends. Thank you again!
Stephanie H.
Stephanie H.
We hired Lindsay for a family session with our newborn son. She was incredible by providing warm, caring service with professional photos. We can't wait to hire her again when our son becomes older!
Grant L.
Grant L.
Such a great photographer.! We did holiday pictures but I can’t wait to do a full shoot with her. Captured my kids perfectly❤️
sarah S.
sarah S.
Lindsay is a great photographer and I can't recommend her enough. We did a family photoshoot with her. I wanted perfect fall colors and the golden hour light for our shoot. Lindsay was so accommodating regarding it and moved around shoot day to make sure we achieve both things. The photoshoot itself was amazing. She made the whole experience a breeze. I was nervous how my 3 year old will be but Lindsay was able to make her pose and smile and the photos turned out great.
Tehreem F.
Tehreem F.
We thoroughly enjoyed our downtown family session with Lindsay! She was able to capture some truly sweet and special moments with our energetic 2 year old. The pictures were ready in a week and we love them! We look forward to working with Lindsay again in the future as our family continues to grow!
Katelyn H.
Katelyn H.
Lindsay has so much talent and a great eye. We've been doing family photos for years and this is the first year where I feel like we really nailed it. Lindsay is wonderful at getting your best angles. We will definitely use her again. I LOVE our holiday photos!
kerry M.
kerry M.
Lindsay captured our family holiday photos this year and we love them! She was great with our three tween boys and the photos are great! We recommend Lindsay!
Kelli H.
Kelli H.
I hired Lindsay to do Fresh 48 and in homeNewborn photos for my first baby and she was amazing! My son ended up spending the first five days of his life in the NICU and Lindsay was amazing at being flexible and finding a time to come do the photos in the NICU once things settled down a little bit and my son was healthy enough to have photos taken just before he was discharged. Not only that but she created beautiful images in the world’s most poorly lit little area of the NICU where my son was stationed. Perhaps even more importantly she came in to take the photos with a great positive energy and immediately made us feel comfortable even though we were in a stressful situation and had nurses hovering around us. For the in home session, she was amazing at capturing stunning shots and had creative ideas about how to get the best photos. She also was so good with my son in his individual photos taking care to make him comfortable and cozy. Finally I want to add that Lindsay’s turnaround for the completed photos was SO FAST!! All in all, it was a great experience and we will treasure our photos forever. Thank you Lindsay!
Rachel T.
Rachel T.
Lindsay is such a talented photographer! I feel lucky to know her!
Kathryn F.
Kathryn F.
Amazing work! We have been using Lindsay once a year for the last 10+ years for our family photos!
Jen C.
Jen C.
She is an amazing photographer! She is so patient with our kids capturing moments we will treasure for a lifetime. Highly recommended her for family and newborn photo shoots!
Jayde A.
Jayde A.
Lindsay is creative and talented. Her experience and knowledge shows in her work. We enjoyed her personable, easy-going, and warm personality and her attention to detail. Lindsay was punctual and efficient with the time we had together.
Michelle K.
Michelle K.
Lindsay Herkert is an amazing photographer! I had the pleasure of having her photograph my family for many years in a row. Her passion, creativity, and professionalism show is every shot she takes! Austin is lucky to have her!!!
Stacie M.
Stacie M.
Lindsay is a extraordinary photographer. She has captured some of the most beautiful moments in our lives. She has been taking our family photos for over 8 years now. She has such a talent and passion for photography. It is her gift.
Kristin A.
Kristin A.
Lindsay is amazing!!! We truly treasure our photos. Highly recommend this kind, awesome, and very talented photographer. Thank you Lindsay for capturing these moments in our lives.
leighann W.
leighann W.
Beautiful work and has a great eye! Not only are her pictures gorgeous but she makes the process fun and stress free. As a parent the words “family photo session” and “stress free” don’t usually correlate but with Lindsay that is what you get. She has an amazing ability to connect with children and understands the challenges of photographing them! My kids loved her and it was reflected in the images she took. Can’t wait to use her again!
Melissa R.
Melissa R.
Lindsay was great! She was easy to work with before, during, and after the photo shoot. The digital album was delivered quickly following the session and she captured gorgeous natural light photos of my family. A true master at her craft, highly recommend!
Sophia B.
Sophia B.
Lindsay has been my family’s photographer for 10 years now and she is hands down the best!!! She has done our family pictures, newborn pictures, first birthday pictures, varies holiday themed pictures, etc. She is extremely professional, creative, friendly and a perfectionist when it comes to her photography! I highly highly recommend her to anyone who wants amazing, high quality, pictures. You will not be disappointed.
Jaimie J.
Jaimie J.
Lindsay was so great! We had some interesting hurdles to jump on our photo shoot day (cold weather, a site she hadn’t really had a chance to preview) and she handled it all like a pro! Our pictures turned our wonderful! She even captured our two rambunctious puppies!
Allie M.
Allie M.
I have hired Lindsay for years for everything from our birth photos, newborn shoots, cake smash, and annual family photos. Shes incredibly professional, always comes prepared, has amazing creativity and makes us all feel so comfortable in front of the camera. I can not recommend her enough. Her photos have captured some of my favorite memories and we are so grateful for her work!
Amanda G.
Amanda G.
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