Post # 1
Hi Houston Bees!
I am going to be in Houston in March to have my last fitting and pick up my dress. I have scheduled my bridal portraits with D. Jones and am looking for location suggestions.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Hotel Zaza lobby but haven’t checked with them to see if its possible to have a session there. Does anyone else have suggestions for beautiful, classic places to have bridal portraits taken?!?!
Post # 3
I don’t have any specific suggestions but any park makes a good location. Railroad tracks look amazing as well. Possibly some sort of “indoor garden”, or a zoo??
I think you should call that hotel and see if they’d be okay with you taking pictures in their lobby.
Post # 4
I put together this list when I was trying to find locations for my portrait. It’s mostly outdoor locations — My portrait is also in March, so I’m concerned about the weather then for outdoor portraits.
Post # 5
thanks! that is great information!!!
Post # 6
D.Jones is a really fantastic and well respected photographer in Houston, and I’m sure he’ll have some great ideas of where you could go. I would definitely ask him for his input and ask to see some of the pictures of brides at his suggested locations from his portfolio.
I think the Hotel Zaza would be a fun place to do a shoot if they let you. It’s also located in Houston’s museum district, which has some pretty good options for bridal portrait locations. Zaza is next to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, which has a sculpture garden that could be an interesting backdrop for portraits. If you’re looking for an edgy/urban backdrop, the modern art museum is very close and has corrugated metal siding that could look awesome. Zaza is also across the street-ish from Herman Park. The park is currently displaying huge sculptures by Bernar Venet that could provide some cool architectural details. The park also has a Japanese garden and a rose garden that could make for pretty, nature shots. You’ll also be very close to Rice University, which is a classic Houston bridal portrait location.
I’ve seen some really stunning bridal portraits that were taken at Paraiso Maravilla, but there’s a $250 charge to take pictures there. I’ve also seen some lovely portraits taken at Mercer Arboretum and downtown Houston in the theater district.
Post # 7
Unless you’re having your wedding at the Zaza, you will have to pay to take portraits there. You may be able to do it if you’re a guest of the hotel.
Some of our favorite places to shoot:
Mercer Arboretum (love)
Market Square (Downtown Houston)
Allen’s Landing (close to Market Square)
If you’re staying at a hotel, you should ask them if it’s possible for you to take photos in their lobby. Most hotels will charge, but you might get lucky!
Definitely ask D. Jones for portrait location ideas, and have fun!
Post # 8
What about the Clearlake area. It is so pretty there.
Post # 9
I recently did a bridal there! My bride just rented a room there and we didn’t have anyone hassle us…however, I didn’t take a pictures in the lobby.
Here’s the link to my blog post with images.
There are a ton of beautiful areas besides the lobby to photograph in!! But beware – if you are using a photographer who doesn’t know what they are doing, you could waste a LOT of money…it is SUPER dark and moody lighting in a LOT of the areas…