5 amazing family photoshoot ideas for your hot Dallas summer!

Girl at the beach
Girl at the beach

Summer is the perfect season to embrace the sun, water and create memories that last a lifetime. During the summer I love to incorporate water into my family photo shoots so everyone stays cool and happy. On top of that, kids playing in water is pretty adorable. In this blog post, I’ll take you on a virtual tour of some incredible places where you can indulge in exhilarating water-themed photo shoots for your summer family sessions. Let’s dive in!


Girls sits on beach at Littel Elm Beach

When it comes to water-inspired family photo shoots, beaches are classic choices. But we are in Dallas! Aren’t we landlocked, you ask? Not so fast! Would you believe we have a few “fake” beaches in the area? Just north of Dallas in Little Elm hides this perfect beach setting for fun beach inspired photos! These photos can be romantic or crazy fun with kids splashing and playing.


Boys playing with teddy bears in a creek

If you are in the mood for something a little more rustic and serene then a creek is what you need! There are many creeks in the DFW area that make for beautiful family photo backgrounds. While creeks are amazing there are many safety precautions that must be taken. Some creeks are incredibly slippery and must be covered in pebbles before you can safely take pictures in there.

Splash Pads

Boy splashes on splash pad

If you’re seeking a fun and energetic vibe for your water-inspired photo shoot, look no further than a splash pad! My favorite is right in the middle of downtown Dallas at Klyde Warren Park. We spend the first half of the session dry and then let the littles play in the water at the end! The fun mix of nature and skyscrapers makes this a very unique family photo setting!

Swimming Pools

For a more controlled and vibrant water-themed family photo shoot, consider heading to a swimming pool. Whether it’s a luxurious rooftop pool, a community pool, or even your own backyard oasis, pools offer a variety of possibilities. From capturing playful splashes and underwater shots to stylish poolside fashion shoots, we can experiment with different angles, props and lighting techniques to create unique and eye-catching images.

Ice Cream Trucks

Boy sits on ice cream truck window

It’s not water, but it sure does cool you off! Think of the days when colorful ice cream trucks roamed the neighborhood singing their song for all the children to hear! It really doesn’t get any cuter than this. The family photos we can create with ice cream are not only fun for all, but can be tasty too!

The Lake

Woman poses in maternity gown and wings at the lake

While there are many picturesque lakes around the DFW metroplex only a few stand out as magnificent backdrops for photoshoots.  The serene beauty of the shimmering water and the lush greenery surrounding White Rock Lake creates a naturally picturesque setting, ensuring stunning visuals in every frame. The tranquil ambiance of Grapevine Lake provides a sense of calm and relaxation, allowing everyone to feel at ease and naturally express their joy and love for one another. The local lake, with its captivating beauty and peaceful atmosphere, guarantees unforgettable family portraits that will be cherished for years to come.

Whether you choose to bask in the sun at a “fake” Dallas beach, chase the magic of splash pads or capture the lively atmosphere of ice cream trucks, these fun places will provide you with the perfect backdrop for your summer family photo shoots. I’m ready to take on any adventure. Booking is open for summer family sessions starting today.

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