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Recommended Photo Shoot Locations

These Are The Locations Near Allen That Paula Recommends

Wondering where to take your pictures?  That’s one of the most common questions I get from clients.  Having captured hundreds of thousands of images over more than a decade, I’ve definitely have some “favorite locations” in the greater Allen area.  But don’t worry.  Your location ideas are always welcome.

Allen Old Stone Dam

Allen’s 1874 stone dam and railroad water station is located north of Exchange in Allen Station Park.  There’s something cool about taking pictures on and around train tracks.  Maybe it’s because you never know when a train might be coming.  The tracks in Allen are both dormant and historic, as the first train robbery in Texas took place in Allen in 1878.  How about making some of your own history there?

Dayspring Nature Preserve

Taking pictures outdoors provides the best possible light.  Add in some trees and interesting landscape, and you can really bring a photo shoot to life.  Dayspring Nature Preserve in Allen is one of my favorite places to shoot, especially when the light is filtered through the many trees.

Arbor Hills

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park in Plano, Texas. It has 3 miles of paved hiking trails, 3 miles of unpaved hiking trail, a covered pavilion, and a playground.  Dirt trails, hills, tall grass and beautiful greenery all make a perfect backdrop for a photo session.

Downtown McKinney

Love the idea of shooting outside, but looking for something more urban?  Downtown McKinney has dozens of cool places to shoot.  There are often photo bombers lurking, but it’s always worth the wait to get the perfect shot.

Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve

Love the idea of shooting outside in a wide open space?  Then Connemara is the place for your photo session.  It is 72 acres of paths, plants, grasses and trees.  And on the way to the meadow, you pass over a couple of bridges and a creek.  It’s a hidden gem right in the middle of Allen!

Brockdale Park

Brockdale Park is a little park on the north end of Lake Lavon. It is mostly a horse riding trailhead that falls on the Highland Park trail. There are several unpaved trails to walk on with plenty of trees and tall grass.  And if you continue down the trail, you will hit the lake with a nice, sandy beach area.  

Adriatica Village In McKinney

Want something with a taste of Europe and a splash of water?  Try Adriatica Village in McKinney.  With lots of shops, cobblestone, steps, water and interesting architecture, Adriatica is a great place to get that unique shot.

Parker Rose Garden

Like the idea of an old barn structure as your backdrop?  Along with some dirt paths and open fields?  Consider the Parker Rose Garden in Allen, Texas.  This beautiful site features a wonderful old barn with lots of field space, gravel paths, and a small pond.

Other Places To Shoot Around Allen

There are so many places to shoot pictures in and around Allen/McKinney/Frisco and Dallas areas.  I’ve had great luck in locations like the Fabrication Yard and White Rock Lake in Dallas, Watters Creek Shopping Center and Allen Eagle Stadium in Allen, and Frisco Commons Park, Frisco Central Park and Frisco Heritage Museum all in Frisco (just to name a few).  If you have an idea for a location, let’s chat about it.

Of Course, Your Ideas Are Welcome

Got a great idea for a place to shoot your perfect pictures?  Let’s hear it.  I love shooting in new places.  As long as it’s not too far away, I’m probably game to give your idea a try.

Getting Great Photos Doesn’t Have To Be Hard  

I believe that getting amazing pictures of the people that you love should be easy.  I offer several photo session packages designed expecially for you and your family. From simple professional head shots to sports action to festive Christmas card pictures, photoshoots should be relaxing and fun.    I love taking pictures, and I’d be honored to take yours.

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Working with Paula to have family photos taken was such a breath of fresh air!  First off, she has such a keen eye.  From the perfect lighting to the backgrounds, she knew the exact locations that were perfect for our photo shoot. I love that Paula was so detail-oriented, making sure everything looked just right, and I truly appreciated her being so patient with us.  Our photo shoot was relaxed and fun–all thanks to her!

When we received our photos, I was beyond pleased!  She captured our family perfectly!  The pictures are high-quality, and I can’t begin to tell you how many compliments we received on our family photo for our Christmas card.  Paula was so easy to work with throughout the entire process.  Having family photos taken can be stressful, but she was professional, made us comfortable and produced an amazing set of photos for us that we will treasure forever!

Cathy T

Preschool Teacher

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.

Karl Lagerfeld

Creative Director, Artist and Photographer, Chanel, Fendi and Lagerfeld

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