Wow, I can’t believe it’s been two months since I wrote one of these. Mainly because recently this has been extremely fun for me. I guess I’ve never really explained how this “Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston” blog series came about. Well, sit back, because I’ve got a boring story coming your way! I love photography (in case you can’t tell), but I also love people! I am a recent transplant to the beautiful city of Houston, TX, and as you may or may not know, starting up a new business in a completely new part of the country can be quite challenging. I’ll be completely honest, the inquiries weren’t coming in like I would’ve liked, but I needed to get out and shoot! (my camera ;-). So my wife and I came up with a plan that would help me meet new people, get a lay of the land, and cure my photography itch. I posted online for new couples who I had never shot with before to contact me for “engagement type” photos in a specific area, and I would give them a discounted rate since they gave me full creative power during the session. Well I got a pretty good response so far and that is how The Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston blog series was born! See, that wasn’t too bad was it? Oh, I almost forgot! I want to keep this going! I want to keep it going until the “best places” aren’t the “most popular places”. Are you interested in helping me by being one of my couples? Don’t worry, you don’t have to be engaged. (It helps of course), but all I ask is that you be in a committed relationship with someone you love, and are willing to let me help you two create beautiful, timeless memories together. For more info please get in touch with me here.
Now onto the pictures!
THE BEST PLACES FOR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS IN HOUSTON | A BLOG SERIES | 3RD INSTALLMENT | LOST LAKE
Thank you for checking out the 3rd installment of my Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston blog series. If you would like to read the 1st installment , you can do that here. The 2nd installment can be found here.
Lost Lake is a rather new edition to Houston. It sits near the west end of Buffalo Bayou Park tucked away in it’s own little corner. It may have been “lost” when it was first created, but ever since the installment of The Dunlavy, which overlooks Lost Lake, most people are now pretty familiar with this pretty little body of water. It’s beauty and natural scenery was the main reason I picked it for the 1st half of Juan and Karen’s engagement session. But more about that later.
In case you forgot (since it’s been so long since I’ve posted), 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 out of 5 – This is a very beautiful area of Buffalo Bayou Park. Unfortunately, it is prone to flooding and there had recently been some heavy rain, so some of the paths were covered in ugly dirt, making them impossible to get across. However, despite that, the Lost Lake area is still absolutely gorgeous in the spring. The flowers were blooming, the plants were extra green. I loved the natural, beautiful look.
Location – 5 out of 5 – Lost Lake is inside the 610 Loop right off of Allen Parkway, about 2 miles outside of downtown. It has a large parking lot directly by it and can be accessed by walking only about 50 yards down a hill. How far into the park you want to go is up to you. If you want to grab a bite to eat, or need to use the restroom / change, there are clean men and womens’ restrooms right by Lost Lake. Even on busy weekends there are usually parking spaces open. Like to bike? Perfect! Lost Lake has bike parking and is conveniently located directly on the Buffalo Bayou Bike Trail.
Uniqueness – 4 out of 5 – On surface level Lost Lake looks pretty normal. There are a lot of trees, a small man made lake, a bridge, and some walking paths. But with the right photographer some very nice images can be created here. This is why it’s very important to select a photographer who has an eye to bring something beautiful out of something that may at first seem normal.
Comfort – 4 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. Lost Lake isn’t really that busy, except for the few random people that are walking around it. It’s at the beginning / end of walking paths, so most people don’t go down there unless they are specifically looking at the water or going to their car. What you may run into, however, are children running around the lake and climbing on the falls. Sometimes people also let their pets swim in the water of the lake, and no one likes a wet dog getting out of the water and shaking all over you. However, these cases will most likely be few and far between, and that is why it gets a high comfort level.
Diversity – 3 out of 5 – Lost Lake is not the most diverse spot in the world. It’s mainly trees and some water. If you go in the spring, there are some beautiful wildflowers growing near the lake, and that can add to your experience. I would recommend pairing Lost Lake with a few other places. The Theater District is only about 2 miles down the road. Plus you’re right on Buffalo Bayou so you have access to the other parks in the area.
Overall – 4.1 out of 5 – Overall Lost Lake is a very nice place to take engagement pictures or do a family photo session. It’s very easy to get to, not too busy, and has a few different diverse looks. I would recommend pairing it with one or more other places, as it is better used as a “complimentary” location than your main one. A good example would be to match Lost Lake’s natural feel with The Theater District‘s more urban feel.
Thank you for reading the 3rd installment of the Best Places for Engagement Photos in Houston blog series. If you’re interested in having your engagement photos taken at Lost Lake, 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.
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 popularMastering 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.