BEST PLACES FOR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS IN HOUSTON | A BLOG SERIES
2ND INSTALLMENT | HERMANN PARK

Thank you for checking out the 2nd installment of my Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston blog series. If you would like to read the 1st installment that features the Theater District, you can do that here.

Today we’re talking about Hermann Park. For those of you familiar with the park, note that we will only be talking about the main area of the park. We will not be including the golf course, Japanese Gardens, or the newly added Centennial Gardens. Those will most likely be added in future posts.

When you get to Hermann Park, the first thing you notice is how massive it is. It is a HUGE park. There is water, plenty of green space, running / biking paths, a train track, artwork, and a lot more. The craziest part is, what you can see first entering the park is only a fraction of what it has to offer. This park has so much that there is no way we will be able to cover it in one post. So today we will only be covering the main areas of the park near the entrance.

Remember, for my Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston series, I will be rating each location based on a number of factors: Aesthetics, Location, Uniqueness, Comfort, and Diversity. So let’s get right into it….

Aesthetics – 4.5 out of 5 – So let’s just get this out of the way, this park is beautiful. And I’m not even going over some of the most beautiful parts! I’m leaving out the Japanese Gardens and Centennial Gardens for future posts. With all these different spots to choose from, you know this must be a great place. If you have a photographer that can find the right spots, you will absolutely love the images that can be created here. It is a natural space for sure, so if you like a more urban setting this may not be the place for you. However, the museum district is right next door so you can still get some great urban shots during your session. I dropped the rating .5 points simply because of the fact that it’s a green space. If you go in winter, it may not be quite as pretty. But since things stay green almost year round in Houston it should be gorgeous most anytime you visit.

Engagement Photos Hermann Park

I find that the Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool and Hermann Park Railroad are good places to start sessions out.

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The bridges over McGovern Lake also make great spots when the couple is first warming up to the camera.

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I really like this bridge.

Location – 5 out of 5 – Hermann Park is conveniently located inside the 610 Loop right off of both Main Street and Highway 288. It is right by Rice University, The Houston Zoo, the Medical Center, and the Museum District, so there is plenty to do for a whole day, even if you don’t live near the park. Parking is adequate, with a few different lots around the park. Parking will fill up on the weekends, but there is plenty of bike parking and the park even has its own METRORail stop, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting there anytime you want to.

Uniqeness – 3.5 out of 5 – So this one needs a bit of clarification. Full disclosure, I’m leaving some of the most unique parts of the park out of this post. Since those those places are within Hermann Park, but separate from the main area, they will be included in upcoming posts, because they deserve their own sub-posts. Just like in the Theater District, Hermann Park is a very popular spot for photos. However, if you hire a good photographer who knows the area, you will get some unique photos that you will be sure to love.

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The Mecom Rockwell Colonnade is a very unique location.

Engagement Photos Hermann Park

Most times finding a unique location is more about the photographer’s eye than being somewhere no one else knows about.

Engagement Photos Hermann Park

Any location can be unique if you take the time to make it unique to you.

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With the right photographer, something as simple as a lone pine tree can turn into a beautiful, unique memory.

Comfort – 3.5 out of 5 – When you’re out taking professional pictures, people tend to stare. And why wouldn’t they? You’re all dressed up, looking amazing, and there is someone following you around with a large camera, lights, and directing what you should do / how you should pose. But not all couples like people staring at them. In fact, some people get REALLY uncomfortable about it and it can really get them out of the proper mood. Hermann Park’s comfort level is above average, but not great. First of all, it’s a very busy park, so no matter how “off the beaten path” you venture, there will most likely still be people around. In the busier parts of the park, sometimes you have to wait for long periods of time to “get the shot” without people around. This can annoy many couples and make some feel very uncomfortable if people are standing around watching their photo session. My recommendation is go during the week, and if you can go in the morning instead of the evening. Weekday evenings will still be better than the weekends by leaps and bounds, but the morning should be even less busy.

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Finding places without people around can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible.

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Sometimes having people in the background enhances a photo. I really like what this biker on the path adds to this image.

Diversity – 5 out of 5 – I’m glad this park is extremely diverse, because it’s so big, and if it was not diverse it would be really boring. It has almost everything you could want for a session: short grass, long grass, water, bridges, fountains, railroad tracks, monuments, hills, trails, forest, gardens, swingsets, etc. The zoo is right next door. You can ride the train or even get in paddle boats! If you want to add a more urban element to your session the museum district is right next to the park. Hermann Park could very well be the most diverse place to take engagement pictures in Houston.

Engagement Photos Hermann Park

The Mecom Rockwell Colonnade and the Urban Forest within the park show off some amazing diversity.

Engagement Photos Hermann Park

The Sam Houston Monument makes for great images, especially at sunset.

Engagement Photos Hermann Park

Mecom Fountain is another great spot.

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Since I don’t want to spam you with too many images, just check out this diverse collage from the two sessions included in this post.

Overall – 4.3 out of 5 – Hermann Park is almost the perfect spot for engagement photos in Houston. It is beautiful, has possibly the most diverse array of scenery in the whole city, and is really easy to get to. The only thing that brings it’s score down ever so slightly is the fact that it’s very busy, and it’s not the most unique place to take photos. As far as my favorite places for a session though, Hermann Park has to be right near the top. Coupled with a talented photographer, you really can’t go wrong with Hermann Park should you choose that for your engagement photos.

Thank you for reading the 2nd installment of the Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston blog series. If you’re interested in having your engagement photos taken in Hermann Park, or anywhere else around Houston, please contact me here. I would love to talk with you about your unique photo session and what the best location for you might be.

 

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About the Author: Jared Jarvis is a professional photographer based out of Houston, TX. He is the owner and lead photographer at Jared Jarvis Photography. He is the author of the popular Mastering Manual Exposure and Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston blog series. He specializes in event, engagement, and wedding photography. To view his work, check here. For booking or contact, check here.