My 7 Favorite Photo Session Locations (so far) around Oklahoma City
In my opinion, choosing the right outfits for your family or senior photos is the most important part of making your photos a success. But coming in at a very close second is location choice!
CHERYL JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHY | CENTRAL OKLAHOMA SENIOR + FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER
When you look on Pinterest and see all the beautiful, dreamy photos that you save to your inspiration board, one thing they all have in common is that their location choice supports the overall look, feel and vibe of the subject. All those elements work together like a recipe to create one amazing image.
That’s why when you book with me, I spend time with you to personally discuss what your ideas and vision are for the session and make sure we choose locations that will perfectly support that.
If you’re thinking about where you want to have your next photo session in the Oklahoma City area, I have compiled a list of my (so far) 7 favorite places to take photos! I hope this gives you some inspiration and ideas for your next OKC photo session.
- Myriad Gardens. Ok, so this one is pretty obvious. But it’s a classic choice for a reason….the gardens are soooo beautiful! I just did two senior sessions there this fall and I was so happy with the variety of looks you can get right there within the gardens. You can have trees, flowers, a little architecture and even some garden with a cityscape behind it. This is a great choice if you need one location with several options.
- Downtown OKC streets. If you’re looking for some urban/city style street photos, you can’t beat the options in downtown Oklahoma City. (Bonus if you want a mix of garden and city shots, you can easily walk to some great spots within a few blocks of Myriad Gardens!) I love the modern vibes of the sidewalks, crosswalks, and tall buildings to give you that city feel.
- Parking garage rooftop. Yes this has been done and done again, but there is just something about a rooftop with the cityscape behind it that is just so cool! Also a big advantage is that the rooftop is typically much less busy and crowded than a city sidewalk so it’s easier to relax and take your time to get the photos you want without dodging pedestrians and traffic.
- Will Rogers Gardens. I love this place, especially in the fall! I feel like it’s a little hidden gem in Oklahoma City. It has super easy access, free parking and so many beautiful photo spots. I could go on and on. If you’re looking for big trees, water features and flowers, this is your spot!
- Scissortail Park. While this park is fairly new and the trees in it have some growing to do to be really amazing for pictures, there are already some cool spots within it. One of the most iconic spots is of course the Skydance Bridge that goes over I-40. It makes for some really great photos, especially for seniors or couples. There’s also bridges, water features and the Union Station building that has an old looking facade. Plus, you also have the OKC skyline and Devon tower conveniently in the background to still get that city look if you want it.
- Midtown/Automobile Alley. This is my go-to place if someone is looking for an artsy, funky or unique location. Within just a few blocks you’ve got some great murals, a variety of buildings, railroad tracks and city street options. There are also some coffee shops and boutiques nearby you could incorporate for some fun and interesting photos!
- Boathouse District. This is my latest “find” for a cool photo location. I don’t think the boathouses are that pretty to look at as a whole, but the lines and reflections they provide plus the proximity to the Oklahoma River looks really cool in photos! And right across Lincoln Blvd is the end of the Bricktown Canal that has some pretty landscaping and stone ledges and steps that could add a slightly different look without changing locations. And once again, because of where it’s at, you’ve got the OKC skyline right there, waiting to be a great background in your photos.
I know there are many more great locations around OKC and that I’ve only scratched the surface of options. I didn’t talk about the nearby metro lakes like Hefner and Arcadia. And I know there are tons of specific, cool spots around Downtown, Midtown and Uptown Oklahoma City. Maybe I’ll do a part 2 post later….
Until then, I hope this gives you some ideas and inspiration to consider when you’re thinking about which location will best support the vision for your senior photos or family photo session!
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