Bluebonnets make their annual appearance each March, but it always seems to sneak up on us. One minute, we’re bundling up to keep warm, and seemingly the next, we’re rushing to find the perfect patch of bluebonnets for family pictures.
Austin photographer Sarah Siller and her fellow photography pros don’t let the wildflowers take them by surprise. They know when and how to make the most of the short Austin wildflower season.
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The perfect place for your photos
A lush field of bluebonnets is the perfect backdrop for a family portrait session. Experienced Austin photographers have their go-to spots, and Siller is no exception. She divulged a few of her special spots to us, and we are here to share them with our readers.
Balcones District Park
This park is beautiful even without bluebonnets. Nature trails and waterfalls sit ready for your posing.
12017 Amherst Dr., Austin
Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park
This park is well known among photographers for its diverse backdrops that include tall grasses, lawns, gnarly oak trees, and a secluded shallow creek. Wildflower seasons adds a special dimension to an already picturesque setting.
6301 W Slaughter Ln., Austin
Old Settlers Park in Round Rock
This 645-acre park is best known for hosting athletic events like soccer matches and baseball games. Venture away from the ball fields, and you can find lush patches of bluebonnets during wildflower season.
3300 E Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail
You may have to dodge runners and cyclists, but it’ll be worth it. Mix your wildflowers with urban cityscapes for a truly Austin bluebonnet photo.
900 W Riverside Rd., Austin
St. Edward’s University
College campuses tend to be beautiful. The architecture and manicured grounds make for an idyllic setting. Add bluebonnets, and you’ll be amazed!
3001 S Congress Ave., Austin
St. Mark United Methodist Church
This church’s lawn blooms with wildflowers each year. It’s an oasis right in the middle of north Austin.
601 W Braker Ln., Austin
Pro tips for your bluebonnet session
Now that you have a few places to go for that perfect family picture, here are a few dos and don’ts Siller wants you to know before you pose:
- Do not stop on the side of a busy road. It is not safe, and you will get trouble.
- Do not pick or smush the flowers. The beauty for is everyone, and the flowers will bloom again next year if you do not disturb them.
- Keep an eye out for all the lovers of our beautiful bluebonnets including snakes, fire ants, and bees.
- Most important, have fun and get in the picture!
Book your shoot before it’s too late!
Having someone else take your pictures is a great way to take away the stress of family photos and make sure you are part of these beautiful memories. Sarah Siller Photography is booking Bluebonnet Mini Sessions now, so snag your time slot before the wildflowers leave us!