If you’ve recently gotten engaged somewhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, it seems like the natural next step is to figure out where and how you will take your engagement photos!
An engagement photoshoot is a great way for both of you to become comfortable in front of the camera, get to know your wedding photographer, and to build a small collection of professional photos in varied settings. (More on that in our blog article with reasons to take engagement photos!)
We have experience across the great state of Texas scouring the very best engagement photoshoot locations for our Joy couples. When it comes to planning your engagement session, our goal is to take the pressure off your shoulders.
We’ve narrowed down the list to our favorites to meet a variety of needs: from garden-stroll to glamorous. And since we’ve taken photos at these locations, we can help partner with you to help bring your dream engagement photos to life.
Stroll hand in hand at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. We think this is one of the best Dallas-Fort Worth engagement photoshoot locations because there are so many lush garden locations to choose from! Want proof? Check out more from this stunning Joy photoshoot at the gardens along with these engagement sessions:
Make sure to purchase tickets in advance ($17 for adults; parking for $15 if purchased online.) Learn more.
Location: 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, Texas 75218
Surround yourselves with water (and romance) at White Rock Lake. With sweet picnic areas, large areas of wetland, hiking and biking trails, there are plenty of spots here to capture engagement photos. Learn more.
Location: 8300 East Lawther Drive, Dallas, Texas 75218
Get artsy in Deep Ellum. This lively and eccentric neighborhood features graffiti artwork, live music and events and many local owned businesses. If you’re looking for a more urban and unique engagement photography experience, this is a really fun area to check out with your photographer. Learn more.
Location: Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas 55226
Pose by the fountain at Dealey Plaza. Positioned in front of Dealey Museum, this landmark features beautiful landscapes and two large water installments (each spanning across 120 feet). Arrive in time for the sun to set and the outcome will be priceless engagement photos that last a lifetime. Learn more.
Location: North Houston Street, between Elm Street and Main Street in Dallas, Texas 75202
Get transported to an exotic location at the Mandalay Canal. With gondola rides and waterfalls, lined by plenty of restaurant options, you will feel like you traveled to Venice---without having to leave Las Colinas! If Italian culture or world-travel is part of your love story and wedding theme, we think this is one of the best Dallas-Fort Worth engagement photoshoot locations. Learn more.
Location: 215 Mandalay Canal, Irving, Texas 75039
Get a taste of Tuscany at the D’vine Grace Vineyard. If you want to keep with an Italian theme but don’t want something as specific as a water canal, here’s another option for you. With plenty of room to roam and different backdrops, you could go from casual to glamorous all in one shoot.
As a popular McKinney event space, you could get married here, too! Learn more.
Location: 3747 Grace Ranch Trail, McKinney, Texas 75071
Go back in time at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad and Old Town Grapevine. If you’re looking for something with vintage vibes, the old railroad and town square offers the opportunity for sweet frame-worthy engagement photos. Check in advance for train tickets if you want to go for a ride and make sure to look up their current special events. Learn more.
Location: 705 South Main Street, Grapevine, Texas 76051
As you can see, Dallas has so many options for your engagement photoshoot.
If places like Fort Worth or Denton are more your vibe, keep reading!
Put on your boots for the Fort Worth Stockyards. Did the cowgirl fall in love with the cowboy? If so, go to the Stockyards at the National Historic District. From live rodeos to cattle drives and gunfight shows, you will feel like you’ve been transported to start in your very own country western movie. (An experienced photographer will know how to best navigate some of the hustle and bustle that comes from live animals!) Learn more.
Location: 140 East Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76164
Go dancing at Sundance Square. With tons of stores and restaurants, the Sundance Square has many options for an engagement session. Walk around with the photographer and see what feels right, from enjoying melt-in-your hand ice cream cones on a summery day, to twirling to live music in the square pavilion, this area screams: ‘Fort Worth couple in love’! Learn more.
Location: 420 Main St, Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Enjoy the views at the Fort Worth Water Gardens. By combining the best of both worlds, outdoor scenery and architecture, the Fort Worth Water Gardens serve as a welcome oasis in the heart of Fort Worth. The rushing water sounds will put you at ease and we can take care of the rest from behind the camera. Learn more.
Location: 502 Commerce Street Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Head outside to the Airfield Falls Trailhead and Conservation Park. Whether you want to pose near an actual aeronautic masterpiece, picturesque waterfall, climbing rocks, or in nearby open fields, this is an awesome engagement photoshoot location where we love to get the chance to take our Joy couples. Learn more.
Location: 200 Pumphrey Dr, Westworth Village, Texas 76114
Go green at the Colleyville Nature Center. With 46 acres of nature which includes many multi-use trails and benches-galore, the Colleyville Nature Center has a laid-back vibe for the nature-loving couple. Our favorite areas for an engagement session are near the pretty bridges and ponds. Learn more.
Location: 100 Mill Wood Drive, Colleyville, Texas 76034
Have a country chic moment at Chapel Creek Ranch. With plenty of outdoor space and the perfect ‘marriage’ of old and new architecture, Chapel Creek Ranch is perfect for country chic couples. Bonus: this doubles up as a wedding venue! Learn more and see more from this cowboy and cowgirl engagement photoshoot here.
Location: 3794 West Ganzer Road, Denton, Texas 76207
We hope this was helpful for you to plan for the best Dallas-Fort Worth engagement photoshoot locations.
To take advantage of all that Dallas has to offer, pair up with the best photographers in the area. It is invaluable to partner with a local professional who is comfortable with the city because they will know all the tricks of the trade: from where to park to the best time of day where the light hits just right.
Get in touch with us today to see how we can help give you a joyful engagement session experience.
[Photoshoots in the spotlight: Benny + Roshan , Madeline + Matthew, Clicia + Kevan, nand Melissa + Gabriel.]
The Joy Team