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MY FAVORITE

AUSTIN, TEXAS

PHOTOSHOOT LOCATIONS

Let's be real, Austin is incredibly special and filled with a lot of unique spots to take photos! Having so many beautiful places to pick from can make the decision difficult. I've compiled a comprehensive list of some wonderful photoshoot options to choose from. The list is filled with all sorts of locations, some are free and some charge a fee. Each location provides a variety of backdrops that would be great for any type of session. If there isn't a gallery link below that means I haven't gotten a chance to take photos there but I've heard or seen from others that these places are special. I would love to check them out with you!

PARKS + NATURAL AREAS

Free

AUDITORIUM SHORES -

In the heart of downtown Austin, showcases Lady Bird Lake and the skyline.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/downtown-austin-proposal

900 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

AUSTIN BOARDWALK -

East of 35, great for anyone that loves the water. Can be crowded with pedestrians!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/katelyn-andrew/

1800 S Lakeshore Blvd, Austin, TX 78741

Auditorium Shores

One of my favorite parks, features unique rocks and shallow waters to play in.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/sarah-colin/

6701 Lakewood Dr, Austin, TX 78731

CIRCLE C PARK -

Lovely open fields in South Austin, a great spot for family sessions. Filled with bluebonnets in the spring!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/circle-c-park-family-session-ellies-first-birthday/

6301 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78739

Commons Ford

My favorite spot! You will feel like you're in the middle of the hill country. It is breathtaking.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/common-fords-engagements-lauren-ryan/

614 N Commons Ford Rd, Austin, TX 78733

A little island on Lady Bird Lake. Perfect for photos with your pup. Usually pretty crowded!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/the-castaneda-family/

3401 Redbud Trail, Austin, TX 78746

AUSTIN ROOFTOP -

This rooftop is so much fun and perfect for more of an edgy vibe!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/downtown-austin-rooftop-engagements/

300 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701

BUTTERFLY BRIDGE -

A dreamy yet very architectural bridge offers a very different outdoor setting!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/austin-texas-baby-announcement

2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

Mount Bonnell

MOUNT BONNELL -

A natural overlook with a perfect view! A decent walk uphill to the picture perfect spot!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/mount-bonnell-proposal

3800 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX 78731

Photo Fee

A pink granite mountain about an 90 minutes from Austin. Trust me, the views are worth the drive!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/enchanted-rock-engagements-megan-matt/

16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Entrance Fee: $8/adult

An intimate natural pool preserve with a stunning waterfall.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/lindsey-austin/

24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Entrance Fee: $12/vehicle + $8/adult

Hamilton Pools

16-acre botanical garden of Texas. Offers a lot of different backgrounds!

4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739

Entrance Fee: $15/adult

Photo Fee: $100 (weekday) $250 (weekend/after hours)

McKinney Falls

Such an incredible park! Features beautiful waterfalls and unique rock formations.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/mckinney-falls-baby-announcement

5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744

Entrance Fee: $6/adult

Photo Fee: $25

A lovely garden with lots of different backgrounds to choose from! Weekends tend to be crowded.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/mary-ryan/

2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746

Entrance Fee: $8/adult

Photo Fee: $50

Zilker Botanical Gardens

BUILDINGS + HOTELS + RESTAURANTS

Free

SOUTH CONGRESS -

City look with lots of fun photo spots including restaurants and coffee shops! https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/south-congress-engagements

South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704

The most adorable place for fun headshots!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/downtown-atx

1120 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

Swedish Hill

Great lawns with lots of shade! Usually not too crowded.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/the-person-family/

1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Quirky Austin hotel with several unique indoor and outdoor spots.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/the-hisse-family/

400 Josephine St, Austin, TX 78704

The Carpenter Hotel

My alma mater! Hook 'em! UT's campus is absolutely stunning and has so much to offer!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/austin-texas-engagements

Austin, TX 78712

UT at Austin

Photo Fee

Gorgeous venue featuring a historic mansion, glass ballroom, and lovely gardens.

10463 Sprinkle Rd, Austin, TX 78754

Photo Fee: $150/hour

Restored historic building featuring a large indoor space, outdoor courtyard, and skylight room.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/one-eleven-east-maternity-session

111 East St, Hutto, TX 78634

Photo Fee: $95/hour

Laguna Gloria

One of Austin's original estates turned into a stylish hotel and event venue.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/the-yorks/

1900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705

Photo Fee: Yes

14 acre art-in-nature site nestled on Lady Bird Lake. Features an Italianate-style villa.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/laguna-gloria-engagements-brandi-mike/

3809 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703

Photo Fee: $150/hour

Lumen Room

Whimsical garden photography space with a beautiful greenhouse.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/sekrit-theater-engagements

1145 Perry Rd, Austin, TX 78721

Photo Fee: $100 - $200/hour

A unique venue in the Texas hill country with multi-story greenhouses and sweeping fields.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/greenhouse-at-driftwood-bridals

850 Darden Hill Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619

Photo Fee: $600/two hours

Sekrit Theater

A Texas historical landmark featuring a two story mansion, garden trellis, and elegant gazebo.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/woodbine-mansion-wedding-the-rathgebers/

405 E Main St, Round Rock, TX 78664

Photo Fee: Yes

A studio that can be transformed with details and props or kept simple. Great natural light!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/lumen-room-maternity-session-the-rothbauers/

2307 Thornton Rd #213, Austin, TX 78704

Photo Fee: $75/hour

PARKS + NATURAL AREAS

Free

AUDITORIUM SHORES -

In the heart of downtown Austin, showcases Lady Bird Lake and the skyline.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/downtown-austin-proposal-sierra-chandler/

900 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

AUSTIN BOARDWALK -

East of 35, great for anyone that loves the water. Can be crowded with pedestrians!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/katelyn-andrew/

1800 S Lakeshore Blvd, Austin, TX 78741

Auditorium Shores

One of my favorite parks, features unique rocks and shallow waters to play in.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/sarah-colin/

6701 Lakewood Dr, Austin, TX 78731

CIRCLE C PARK -

Lovely open fields in South Austin, a great spot for family sessions. Filled with bluebonnets in the spring!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/circle-c-park-family-session-ellies-first-birthday/

6301 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78739

Commons Ford

My favorite spot! You will feel like you're in the middle of the hill country. It is breathtaking.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/common-fords-engagements-lauren-ryan/

614 N Commons Ford Rd, Austin, TX 78733

A little island on Lady Bird Lake. Perfect for photos with your pup. Usually pretty crowded!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/the-castaneda-family/

3401 Redbud Trail, Austin, TX 78746

Circle C Park

Photo Fee

A pink granite mountain about an 90 minutes from Austin. Trust me, the views are worth the drive!

16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Entrance Fee: $8/adult

An intimate natural pool preserve with a stunning waterfall.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/lindsey-austin/

24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Entrance Fee: $11/vehicle

Hamilton Pools

16-acre botanical garden of Texas. Offers a lot of different backgrounds!

4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739

Entrance Fee: $12/adult

Photo Fee: $100

McKinney Falls

Such an incredible park! Features beautiful waterfalls and unique rock formations.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/britney-will/

5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744

Entrance Fee: $6/adult

Photo Fee: $25

A lovely garden with lots of different backgrounds to choose from! Weekends tend to be crowded.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/mary-ryan/

2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746

Entrance Fee: $8/adult

Photo Fee: $50

Zilker Botanical Gardens

BUILDINGS + HOTELS + RESTAURANTS

Free

My favorite restaurant for photos! Love their neutral exterior and fun patio furniture!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/jason-carroll/

5811 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX 78723

The most adorable place for fun headshots!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/britney-reeves/

1120 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

Great lawns with lots of shade! Usually not too crowded.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/the-person-family/

1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Swedish Hill

Quirky Austin hotel with several unique indoor and outdoor spots.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/the-hisse-family/

400 Josephine St, Austin, TX 78704

Carpenter Hotel

My alma mater! Hook 'em! UT's campus is absolutely stunning and has so much to offer!

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/taylor-mcintyre/

Austin, TX 78712

Photo Fee

UT at Austin

Gorgeous venue featuring a historic mansion, glass ballroom, and lovely gardens.

10463 Sprinkle Rd, Austin, TX 78754

Photo Fee: $75/hour

A fantastic art museum featuring an incredible atrium with stunning blue walls.

200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712

Entrance Fee: $9/person

One of Austin's original estates turned into a stylish hotel and event venue.

https://kellyoconnorphotography.com/gallery/the-yorks/

1900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705

Photo Fee: Yes

Laguna Gloria

14 acre art-in-nature site nestled on Lady Bird Lake. Features an Italianate-style villa.

3809 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703

Photo Fee: $100/hour

Whimsical garden photography space with a beautiful greenhouse.

1145 Perry Rd, Austin, TX 78721

Photo Fee: $100 - $200/hour

Hotel Ella

A unique venue in the Texas hill country with multi-story greenhouses and sweeping fields.

850 Darden Hill Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619

Photo Fee: $400/two hours

A Texas historical landmark featuring a two story mansion, garden trellis, and elegant gazebo.

405 E Main St, Round Rock, TX 78664

Photo Fee: Yes

Sekrit Theater