If you’ve spent any amount of time in San Antonio, Texas, you’ve been to Pearl. The vibrant and lively community is filled with people who love to create and share with everyone around them. There’s always somewhere to see and something to experience at Pearl, which made it the perfect place for an engagement session with a very San Antonio feel. 

About The Historic Pearl 

Pearl was founded in 1883 and has been a beloved place to visit in San Antonio ever since. One of the best reasons to visit Pearl is that there are so many different things to see and do that you’ll always have a new experience every time you visit. The property offers a little of everything—stunning living spaces, amazing food, creative retail shops, overnight accommodations like Hotel Emma, and a gorgeous weekend farmers market. You’ll never run out of places to go. 

I love Pearl as a setting for engagement photos because there are so many places to see within the area. Wandering through the different buildings and businesses is perfect for a session that feels like we’ve captured a day in your lives together; one that you can look back on fondly for many years to come. 

About The Session

My sweet couple, Lars and Lauren, were looking for casual yet romantic engagement photos to preserve this special time in their lives. They opted to wear simple outfits that complimented each other and showed off their style—the neutral colors were perfect for a photo session with a variety of different backgrounds as we explored Pearl. 

To end their engagement session at Pearl, Lars and Lauren decided to head over to Larder located within Hotel Emma for a coffee date. Larder is an artisanal shop featuring groceries and housemade food patrons can enjoy on their patio. It was the perfect finale to their session as they were able to cuddle up at their table, sip coffee, and enjoy each other’s company while I captured it all on camera. 

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A Misty Engagement Session at the Pearl

Engagement Session downtown San Antonio at the Pearl by Lois M Photography

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If you’re envisioning a quintessential Texas engagement session, consider taking your photos in the stunning bluebonnet fields throughout our state. Coleman and Camila wanted a beautiful outdoor setting that featured bluebonnet flowers, and the recreation area at Muleshoe Bend was the perfect fit. 

After meeting at University of Texas in 2017, Coleman and Camila became friends which slowly blossomed into their forever. They enjoy so many activities together, from cozy movie nights at home and cooking, to swing dancing, and even to rockclimbing! 

During their session, we focused on taking photos that not only showcase their love for one another, but also their playful and sweet personalities. I loved spending time with them and soaking in the joy that they felt about their upcoming marriage. 

Bluebonnet Season

Bluebonnets are wildflowers, and in wide open spaces all over the state of Texas. If you’re dreaming of frolicking in bluebonnet fields for your engagement photos, it’s almost the ideal time of year to get the most gorgeous blooms. Late March and early April is the peak of bluebonnet season where you’ll find the fullest fields throughout the area. This is also a great time of year to take outdoor photos because the temperature is still manageable without being too overwhelming or hot. 

Local Bluebonnet Fields

There are many options for taking photos nestled in the Texas bluebonnets around San Antonio and Austin, but some of the best fields do require a little bit of a drive. Read through to learn more about my favorite local spots. 

Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area

The Muleshoe Bend Recreation area is one of my favorite spots to take photos surrounded by bluebonnets—you can see from Coleman and Camila’s engagement session that there are flowers as far as the eye can see! There are also water views at this location which create gorgeous images, but due to the water levels, there is a possibility that it may be hit or miss depending on the season.

Brushy Creek Lake Park

This park is located in Cedar Park, Texas, and it’s one of my absolute favorites for finding lush bluebonnet fields that are the perfect backdrop for photos. Brushy Creek Lake Park is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike to see the beautiful bluebonnets, so traffic volume is important to keep in mind when planning your visit. It’s a free park and right on the water, so after your photo session, you can have an afternoon of enjoying the scenery and exploring the property. 

McKinney Falls State Park

This park is one of my favorites because it offers so much in a convenient location. It has water views, bird watching, hiking trails, scenic views, and a beautiful wildflower field (including bluebonnet flowers!). One thing to keep in mind is that this park fills up quickly since it’s located so close to the Austin, Texas airport. If you’re planning on choosing this spot, make sure you book a reservation ahead of time.  

Lady Bird Johson Wildflower Center

This botanical garden is one of the best places to take photos with the bluebonnets, but it does require a fee for formal photography. That means if you want to visit and snap a few photos for your social media, there’s no charge. However, if we want to hold your engagement session on their property we need to pay in addition to the entry fee. On weekdays, the fee is $100, but on weekends and during off-hours the fee is $250. 

There are plenty of beautiful parks and bluebonnet fields that are either free or having a low-cost entry fee, so unless your heart is set on the Lady Bird Johnon Wildflower Center, it doesn’t land in my number 1 spot. 

Circle C Ranch Park

During peak bluebonnet season, Circle C Ranch Park is one of the best places to visit. There are a ton of bluebonnets throughout the park, so you’re sure to get a good spot for your photo session. This park is also free to enter, so there will be a higher volume of parkgoers to keep in mind.

Mission Reach

To find Texas bluebonnets close to San Antonio, Mission Reach is a great choice. Featuring historical landmarks, hiking, canoeing, and hot springs, it offers a full day of activity that you can enjoy following your session. It’s an 8-mile linear park that is truly a hidden gem in San Antonio, and will a serene and romantic location to celebrate your engagement. 

Notes

While there are beautiful bluebonnet fields in our area, there are also many other places to explore if you’d rather go farther from home. I’ve also discovered a few other locations I’d love to share that are my go-to spots for taking photos surrounded by a variety of colorful wildflowers, including bluebonnets. 

To capture the best images, prepare for your session by choosing clothing that will complement the bluebonnet colors rather than compete with them. More muted shades of blue can look beautiful, as well as pops of warm colors or a neutral palette. Just make sure that your clothing choices are coordinated to each other so all of the images look cohesive! 

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Bluebonnet Engagement Session at Muleshoe Bend

Engaged couple during sunset in the field of bluebonnets at Muleshoe Bend.