It’s that time of year when it’s not blazing hot nor intolerably cold outside, but because it’s almost time to take photos for your family holiday cards, you begin breaking out the sweaters to stage the perfect pic. Before you start choosing your family’s clothes, however, you need to find the best place, right?! Fortunately, Oklahoma City has several picture-perfect spots that will make for wonderful fall photos.

With potential themes ranging from “dynamically urban” to “peacefully serene,” “nostalgically western," to “boldly artsy,” the endless number of environments offering the right feel for photographs that represent your family might seem a bit overwhelming. This list will break it down for you.

Parks:

The Will Rogers Gardens - this picturesque historical park developed in 1912 has charming characteristics including a garden, arboretum, conservatory and garden atrium lobby.

Myriad Botanical Gardens - with 15-acres of nature from which to pick, this park includes ornate gardens, a Great Lawn and a below-ground-level lake. The Crystal Bridge Conservatory is also on the grounds with more than 700 different kinds of plants, a lovely waterfall and a sky bridge.

 

Martin Park Nature Center - with 2.5 miles of forest trails, a sizable pond and a tranquil creek, you’ll have many choices for the ideal photo. You’ll also find meadows, grasslands, bridges and streams.

Edgemere Park - this elegant park is tucked away in a historic neighborhood district. The beautiful landscape of trees, a unique creek, a scenic bridge and a gazebo can all be a great fit for your photographs.

Kerr Park - found among downtown buildings with exquisite sculptures, breathtaking waterfalls and an amphitheater that is surrounded by water provides for numerous photography options.

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Lakes:

Lake Hefner - you’ll find 2,500 acres of peaceful surroundings here. Take pictures with the lake behind you, or use other backgrounds such as the original forest, a lighthouse, marina, 9.5 miles of bicycle trails, or the beautiful park.

Lake Overholser - this 1,500 acre lake includes a striking bridge and dam that can make a nice backdrop. The original Route 66 that once ran along the north side of the lake, now North Overholser Drive, has gorgeous scenic sections.

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Downtown OKC:

Downtown Oklahoma City - amazing views with new and old buildings. Some buildings have painted, brick or classic backdrops. Areas to check out within downtown include: Arts District, Automobile Alley, Central Business District, Deep Deuce, Film Row, Midtown District and Plaza District.

Bricktown - this old warehouse district just east of downtown OKC is chock-full of history with interesting buildings, public sculptures, murals and a monument to the Oklahoma Land Run. The beautiful tree-lined mile-long canal also makes for great photographs.
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Boathouse District - located on the Oklahoma River just south of downtown OKC. Find modern settings for your pictures with the contemporary art and architecture of the boathouses and the serene river.

Notable spots:

Stockyards City - maybe you want to tap into your western heritage. Much of the original business district is the same from the 1910s, maintaining a unique western feel, perfect for a cowboy/girl theme.

Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market - the setting of this historic market that first opened in 1928 can give an extraordinary feel to your photos.

The Paseo Arts District - the moment you arrive in this unique area, you notice the culture shifts. The Spanish architecture of the 1920s stucco buildings and clay roof tiles provide a bohemian feel that is hard to find anywhere else in the city. The quaint curvy, tree-lined street also adds a special ambiance.

Oklahoma State Capitol - the masterly white limestone and Oklahoma pink granite comprise the state’s finest building. You can take pictures inside the embellished capitol and no reservations are needed. Oil wells surround the outside of the capitol and it remains the only state capitol grounds in the United States with active oil rigs. NOTE: the capitol will be closed October 13-23.

Oklahoma City Zoo - What better way to show off your family’s wild side than the delightful setting of the zoo?! Take photos in front of any of the more than 1,400 animals, the beautiful lake or the garden area.