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My Top 6 Outdoor Locations in SBC

Not sure where you should plan to go for your next outdoor photo session or looking for inspiration? I have you covered! I have rounded up my top 5 outdoor locations that I tend to shoot at the most often; keep in mind a few of these locations are also frequented by other photographers and their clients but that is okay! We can work around others while being respectful of their space (it also can help to shoot on a weekday, since there are little to no crowds but we can make weekends work too).

These examples were all shot in different lighting situations and seasons, but all sessions are unique and one of a kind. Even on the chance that the season and lighting are the same no one family are alike and I love that! Embrace what makes your family YOU and we will make magic! The top four locations I shoot at the most in the Shreveport/Bossier City area are Lake Bistineau State Park, the National Red River Wildlife Refuge, the Hughes House on the square in Benton, and an open field near my home in Shreveport. Lots of options to choose from!

If these don't speak to you let me know and we can brainstorm other ideas! I'm always up for shooting in a new location if it meets my requirements for the best lighting and isn't more than an hour away. If possible, it can be great to photograph your session in a place that is special to you (such as if you have family land to shoot on or even a location that reminds you of a special memory.) I also have a few locations I've photographed in Joaquin, Center, and Shelbyville, Tx, if those are closer to you. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope this helps someone find the perfect location for their next photo session!

Lake Bistineau State Park

Doyline, La

First up, is Lake Bistineau State Park, located in Doyline, La. You might recognize this location since it is a popular spot for photo sessions (and it is easy to see why!) It is beautiful no matter the season but it is especially pretty in the spring/summer when everything is turning green and vibrant. The photos above show sessions taken in June, October and March (in that order). It pretty much stays green year round for the most part.

The main attraction are the cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss, and with the bayou near by there are a couple different background options. There is pier that can also be used during your session (depending on lighting and the water level) as well as a couple of wooden benches scattered around if you want a different place to sit other than the grass. There is a small fee to get in the park, but it is only $3 per person (and kids under 3 get in free), so that's a win. For convenience there are bathrooms nearby and a parking lot for easy access.

National Red River Wildlife Refuge

Bossier City, La

Next, is the National Red River Wildlife Refuge in Bossier City, La. It is also a beautiful location that boasts several different background options, such as the levee that has gorgeous oak trees that are extra beautiful and green in the spring and summer. The photos above were taken in November and April so you can see the differences, they are both beautiful in their own way.

It has open grassy areas for kids to run around (near the water but not too close) and has views of the lake if you lookout on the pier. There are also several walking trails and a fun play ground for kids to play on after the session is over. It is more on the rustic side and more woodsy but it has lots to offer as far as variety! As a plus, it has a parking lot and bathrooms for easy access and is free to get in for all ages.

Hughes House

Benton, La

Then, we have the Hughes House located on the square in Benton, La. It has an old southern charm with the house's white porch, a rustic cabin and an old schoolhouse. The white porch is my go-to for sessions, it is perfect for classic and timeless portraits! This location is great for milestone sessions (babies that can sit up on their own up to a year old.)

I don't recommend family sessions here mainly because there aren't a ton of background options since it's right on the square (kind of a busy background with cars and buildings.) There isn't a lot of room to move around for family sessions so keep that in mind!

I don't tend to use a lot of props in my images, but I do have an adorable kid-sized bench and a rustic old radio flyer wagon (both pictured above). I also have some wooden blocks and a silver rattle for babies and toddlers to play with, as well as couple of quilts for kids and families to sit on if you don't want to sit in directly on the grass. This location has a parking lot for easy access but no bathroom. There isn't a fee to use the property but they do encourage a donation to perserve it for years to come.

Open Field with Oak Trees

Shreveport, La

Next up, I love shooting in this gorgeous open field near my home in Shreveport, La, if you are wanting nature, greenery, and lots of room to play this location is for you! It has beautiful open fields and big oak trees for shade. It photographs beautifully on sunny days at sunset, the golden light coming through the leaves is just so pretty; although it can also be just as pretty on overcast days. I have more examples/angles from past sessions on my blog!

It has plenty of room to run around and play so it's great for kids! It can be a great option for family, milestone, or motherhood sessions. Keep in mind there are no bathrooms nearby so any outfit changes will need to be creative. ;)

Venue De La Chute

Shreveport, La

This is a beautiful venue located in Shreveport, the grounds are perfect for a family or even a milestone/portrait session. It has gorgeous old oak trees you can take portraits in front of, as well as on the white porch and brick porch steps. It has plenty of southern charm and several beautiful spots to capture your sweet family. As a plus, it has tons of room for the kiddos to move around and play!

Keep in mind, to reserve a one hour portrait session here it has to take place on a weekday, Monday-Thursday (they hold weddings on the weekends), and requires a $150 fee. As well as having a full hour for the session, you also get 15 minutes to get ready before the session starts and 15 minutes after the session ends. It is definitely worth it for the beautfiul scenery!

If you have any questions please let me know. Happy location scouting!


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