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I’ve had several questions about Arbor Hills, so I thought I’d add a little bit of updated information. This nature preserve had a lot of construction going on for a while, but it seems to be all finished and the preserve is back to its original greatness. Many of you have asked me about what different types of areas are available for pictures, so I thought I’d blog a bit more about this place.

There are several areas that I shoot in, mostly depending on the age of the kids. With younger kids, I try to stay in a small field area that I like for pictures so we don’t have to do so much walking. There is plenty of space for younger kids to move about, and it’s an area that feels very safe to me.

There are some nice boulders to sit (or climb) on, but they don’t pose a fall risk for little ones. But if your crew is up for some walking, then you can certainly find some fairly large rocks that make a great space for pictures, as long as your kids are a bit older.

Near the front of the preserve, there is a pavilion area that provides an entirely different look for you photos. That’s one thing I really like about Arbor Hills. You can get several different looks at one location. It does require some walking, but if you’re up for it, then so am I!

You can find bridges, rickety wooden fences, stone walls, concrete steps, plenty of boulders and an endless amount of trails winding around across the fields and through the creek.

I’ve also done several senior photo sessions here as well as family sessions. If your senior is looking for one location for a senior session with lots of different looks, then this is a great spot. It also has some restrooms in case you have several outfits for you session. It’s definitely a place to consider for some beautiful photos. I’ve added a small gallery below of some recent sessions at Arbor Hills. Let me know if I can help you with your family photos or senior pictures!

It’s about time to start thinking about family photos again, but where should you take them? If you haven’t been to Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, it’s definitely a place you should add to your list of places to visit near Allen.

Where do I even start? I have had many photo sessions at Arbor Hills, but that’s not all I’ve done over there. They have some amazing hiking and biking trails, and I’ve enjoyed both activities there. If you’re looking for a getaway for a bike ride, a hike, a picnic, or some play time on a playground, this is the place to go.

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park that has 3 miles of paved hiking trails, 3 miles of unpaved hiking trails, a 2.8 mile off-road bike trail, restrooms, a covered pavilion, and a playground. 

Arbor Hills is a very popular spot, so often times during photo sessions, we end up hiking just a little bit to get away from the crowds (a.k.a photo bombers), to find a nice, quiet place for pictures. But even if you’re able to get away from the crowds, you’ll still be distracted by all the beautiful things that surround you.

If you’re not sure where to get your family photos taken, Arbor Hills should definitely be a location you consider. If I can help you out with family photos, you can message me through my website at Paula Mason Photography.

Until next time…

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