Top Senior Picture Locations in San Antonio | Sara Welburn Photography
IT'S YOUR SENIOR FREAKING YEAR! WOOHOO!
Congrats my friend. You've done it! Graduating from high school is a tremendous accomplishment and is meant to be celebrated. You are meant to be celebrated.
Senior year is full of precious once in a lifetime memories: prom, graduation, senior pranks, and - of course - your senior pictures. Your senior photo session is a chance to focus on YOU and your incredible achievements. I know that you're in the midst of making a lot of big life decisions: college, job, moving, etc. So let's take one hour to take a breather and just focus on YOU. Take the time to really breath it all in and appreciate how far you've come, where you're at, and wherre you're going. Sometimes we get so caught up in the momentum, we forget to just experience and appreciate the moment. Don't let senior year pass you by. Take your senior photos and make it last forever!!
Here are some of my favorite senior picture locations here in San Antonio along with photos and any other information you might need to know about them (like if they have a photography fee, if there are restrooms for outfit changes, etc.). That way you have all the information you need to choose the perfect location for your session!
If you're class of 2020 or 2021 senior (or mom of a high school senior) looking for a great senior photographer in the San Antonio area, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's chat about how I help you preserve and cherish this crazy amazing time of your life!
McNay Art Museum
The McNay Art Museum get top spot on this list because it's.. well.. it's absolutely gorgeous! As you walk laong the expansive, green grounds you'll see the statue garden under the towering oak trees, a rustic little gazebo on a pond, and of course the bright, white, elegant building itself! It provides nice, clean backgrounds that will complement - not distract from - YOU. San Antonio is known for its Spanish architecture and this building will give your senior pictures a little bit of Spanish flair and a clean elegant vibe. It's definitely a must see!
There is a $30 photography to shoot on the grounds outside the museum, and a $100 fee to shoot inside the museum (they have gorgeous staircases and windows inside) which also includes their courtyard with lush greenery and bold fountains and intricately tiled staircases. Personally, I think the outside is beautiful enough on its own, but having access to the inner courtyard does provide a greater variety of backgrounds for your gallery.
The Pearl is one of my absolute favorite senior picture spots!! There is just so so much you can do. Besides the riverwalk and the goooorgeous Hotel Emma, you also have the urban alleyways, the ivy-covered walls, waterfalls with koi fish, and seriously SO MUCH more. You'll be hard pressed to decide what to you want us to capture! You can get a wide variety of backgrounds at the Pearl to give your gallery a lot of unique shots; no two photos will look the same.
They also have easy access to restrooms to change outfits, and there's no photography fee which is always a plus! It can get crowded on the weekends just because it's such a popular place to with all the restaurants and shops, not to mention the other photographers taking advantage of the plethora of gorgeous backgrounds.
Landa Library is this beautiful family estate that this sweet couple donated to the city on the condition that they'd turn the estate and its grounds into a public library. It's got gorgeous architecture, a bunch of small intricate details, greenery and trees, and even a butterfly garden! (not a garden of butterflies, but a garden for butterflies to live). There are some big, bold doors that I love to utilize whenever I shoot at Landa Library, and quite a few intimate little corners providing the perfect background for closeup power shots!
This location does get pretty crowded on the weekends, so just be prepared for that! It's a hot spot for lots of local portrait photographers so we may be waiting our turn for the really sweet spots. I've heard talk of Landa Library starting to charge a small photography fee, but I can't find anything on their website about it. If you choose this as your senior session location, we'll definitely call ahead and double check first!
Joshua Springs Park and Reserve
This one if a little outside of San Antonio near the cute town of Boerne, but I included it on this list because it is WORTH the drive! It showcases the best of Texas hill country: rolling fields, blue streams, lush green hills. You feel like it's just you and nature (and me) and I'm all about it.
There isn't a photography fee to shoot there, and it's far enough out of the way that it's not insanely crowded on the weekends like the Pearl, Landa Library, or Brackenridge Park might be. They do have restrooms there if you choose to bring a second outfit to your senior session (which I totally encourage!) so there won't be any frantic changing in the back of the car (woot woot)!
San Jose Mission
If you're looking for a quintessential Texas location with beautiful backgrounds, graceful arches, and a rich history, then the San Jose mission is for you! The neutral colored walls of the mission make you POP as the focus of the photo. If you choose this as your senior session location, make sure to wear those light, calm colors that will complement that background sooooo well (I talk about that in the Style Guide I send you!).
Every single time I've shot here, I've gotten beautiful images. Without fail. And that's in spite of how crowded it can get - because it's the most popular mission for tourists and locals alike. We can work around the other people pretty easily, though. If this location just speaks to you, don't worry about a thing! I'll take care of it :)
There is a $100 photography fee to shoot at any of the missions. There's a form we have to fill out ahead of time, and they won't allow us to photograph at all if there's a real wedding taking place at the mission that day. So if this is the location you want, let me know ASAP so we can make sure it's available on your date!
Y'all Brackenridge was the first place I ever shot a session when I moved to San Antonio and it's STILL one of my favorites. It has miles of green walking trails, majestic trees, the river running right through it, and these gorgeous bridges near one of the entrances. If you're wanting primarily natural backgrounds for your senior photos, this is where I would recommend going! Literally every single backdrop at this park is insta-worthy. It also gives us a lot of awesome shade to get some pretty fantastic lighting in the evenings!
There's no photography fee to shoot here. Although since it is one of the biggest and best maintained parks in San Antonio, it can get a little busy with pedestrians on the weekends. Like always, we can totally work around that if this location speaks to your heart! It certainly speaks to mine :)
So there it is, folks! A list of my favorite senior picture locations in San Antonio, Texas! Hopefully one of these locations sparked your interest and you're super hyped for your senior session. Didn't see a location you think would be awesome for your senior pictures Let's chat about it! There are soooo many amazing spots in and around San Antonio we'd be here all week if I included them all. But let me know in the comments if you think someplace else belongs on this list! Who knows, if it's truly incredible it may even make it's way onto my list :)