Help! Where I Should Have My Portrait Session?


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So, you’ve decided that you are ready to go forward with your portrait session with Carmen Polk Photography and all of a sudden you have an epiphany…

Where in the world should my precious memories and photographs be taken?  Now you have sweaty palms, your brow is glistening and your heart is pounding heavily in your chest.  Have no fear, we are always here to help!

We’ve created a small, ok maybe not so small list of some fabulous areas and venues that you can choose for your portrait session.  Most listed are free, however, some do require you to pay a fee for entry and/or usage.  We do have a few favorites that you will find denoted with an asterisk (*).


Dallas and Surrounding Areas

Addison Circle Park

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

Bishop Arts District

Celestial Park

Dallas Arts District

Deep Ellum *

Downtown Carrollton

Downtown Denton

Downtown Grapevine

Downtown Lewisville

Downtown McKinney

Downtown Plano

Downtown Prosper

Downtown Royse City

Downtown Wylie

Fair Park

Farmers Branch Historical Park *

Flippen Park *

Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens *

Ft. Worth Stockyards

Ft. Worth Water Gardens

Frisco Square*

Grapevine Botanical Garden

Grapevine Vintage Railroad  *

Gussie Field Watterworth Park

Harry Myers Park

Highland Park Village

Klyde Warren Park *

Lake Grapevine *

Lake Lewisville

Lakeside Park *

Little Elm Park

Prairie Creek Park*

Quorum Park

River Legacy Park

Shops at Legacy *

SMU Campus

Southlake Town Square

Sundance Square

Thanksgiving Square

The Harbor Rockwall *

The West End

Trinity Overlook Park

Trinity River Audubon Center

Uptown Dallas

Uptown Theater Grand Prairie

Veteran’s Park

Victory Park

Watters Creek *

West Village

White Rock Lake *

Winspear Opera House

Locations with a fee for admission or photography rental

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Aldredge House

Bass Performance Hall

Bedford Old School

Bella Donna Chapel

Bingham House

Cedar Hill State Park

Chandor Gardens

Chestnut Square

Clark Gardens

Cotton Mill of McKinney

Dallas Arboretum *

Dallas Museum of Art

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Frontiers of Flight Museum

Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens *

Galaxy Drive-In Theater

Gaylord Texan *

Grapevine Botanical Garden *

Hickory Street Annex

Historice Heard-Craig House

Iron Bed

Joule Hotel

Lakewood Theater

Las Colinas Canals *


Majestic Theater

Melrose Hotel

Meyerson Symphony Center

Nicolas P. Sims Library

NYLO Irving and Plano *

Old Red Courthouse

Party Off the Grid

Perot Musuem

Perry Homestead Museum

Rosewood Crescent Court & Hotel

Ryan Manor

Sandy Lake Amusement Park

Southfork Ranch

Texas Discovery Gardens *

The Flour Mill

The Mansion on Turtle Creek

The Milestone

The W Hotel

The Windsor at Hebron Park

Let us know if you found this guide helpful. We would also love to hear from you about any locations that you are interested in that are not listed.

Stay Beautiful and See You Soon!


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