From acres of dreamy gardens to eccentric public murals painted by local artists, Austin has no shortage of extraordinary attractions. Venture to this wonderfully strange Texan city if y’all are aiming to have an unforgettable hours-long or multi-day fashion photo session. Whether you’re photographing models for a luxury line of clothing or you’re taking pictures for an up-and-coming streetwear brand, these fashion photoshoot ideas in Austin are sure to stir up some inspiration.
1. Explore the enchanting grounds of a charming cottage
Tucked away in the quiet Shoal Creek area of Old West Austin, this romantic artist’s cottage features whimsical interior décor, an expansive outdoor amphitheater, and — best of all — mesmerizing greenery complete with gazebos and stone walkways. Once you step foot on this lovely one-acre property, you’ll feel as if you’ve somehow left Texas and entered a breathtaking wonderland. With an ethereal atmosphere and thoughtful landscaping, this Peerspace venue is perfect for photographing spring and summertime fashions.
2. Strike a pose in front of a beloved local mural
It’s no secret that Austin is an artsy city known for nurturing local talent. In fact, many residents choose to embrace the city’s vast array of street art, turning these eye-catching paintings into timeless landmarks. Among the city’s beloved murals is South First Street’s postcard-style painting that reads, “Greetings from Austin;” famed singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston’s “Hi, how are you?” illustration on 21st Street and Guadalupe; and the endearing “I love you so much” graffiti on South Congress Ave. Any one of these beauties could serve as the perfect edgy backdrop to your shoot.
3. Uncover magic across acres of a lush, secret garden
At this magnificent property near Barton Creek Valley, you can spend days getting lost in this enchanted haven. With over 20 acres of gardens, this picturesque sanctuary boasts a greenhouse, rows of vibrant vegetables, nature trails, a large patch of wildflowers, and a bamboo zone. In addition to greenery, the property has a firepit, fountains, and waterfalls. This gorgeously landscaped Peerspace venue is great for boho-chic fashion photoshoots.
4. Keep Austin weird — and venture through Sixth Street
Divided into three distinct parts — East, West, and so-called Old or Dirty — Sixth Street encompasses the oddball spirit of the city. Overall, Austin’s Sixth Street is a historic stretch that offers vibrant entertainment options for local residents and visitors alike. At night, neon signs illuminate certain areas of Sixth Street, making for an eye-catching background for a fashion photoshoot. Each section of the street emanates a different vibe: West Sixth is known for dance clubs and restaurants frequented by college yuppies; East Sixth caters to hipsters with craft breweries, live music venues, and food trucks; and the Old/Dirty part is home to chill dive bars and an eclectic bunch of people. Some have described Old/Dirty Sixth Street as a counterpart to New Orlean’s Bourbon Street. What better place to get creative?
5. Fall in love with nature at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The University of Texas at Austin is home to the LBJ Wildflower Center, an arboretum and botanical garden where elegant butterflies, interesting sculptures, and flora and fauna native to Texas bloom year-round. Established in 1982, this center co-founded by a former first lady spans nearly 300 acres and boasts a variety of colorful wildflowers, walking trails, and natural landscapes. This historic site is bound to have a backdrop that can fulfill your fashion photoshoot needs.
6. Bask in sweet nostalgia at a retro warehouse
Within the neighborhood of Govalle is a giant revamped warehouse that radiates an unbelievably cool, laid-back ambiance. At this 5600-square-foot behemoth of a venue, you’ll find classic cars, retro pinball and arcade games, a sleek billiards table, and lounge and bar areas. In addition to the nostalgic props, some of the rooms at this Peerspace venue feature décor and pieces that give off a modern, industrial vibe, complementing the overall vintage-inspired environment.
7. Take a stroll through Zilker Metropolitan Park
Situated in south Austin, Zilker Park is a favorite local spot and tourist destination that features a recreational outdoor pool, sports fields, a nature and science center, botanical garden, and much more. From sportswear to hipster-chic outfits, this large park is great for shooting all sorts of fashion looks. If you’re photographing swimwear and other warm-weather attire, make way toward the sun-drenched Barton Springs Pool, which consists of natural spring water from a nearby source. Surrounded by awe-inspiring nature, this pool is open to the public, serving as a prominent swimming hole during the hot, humid months.
8. Stay within a budget at a well-equipped photo studio
On occasion, you might just want to keep it simple with an affordable, no-frills studio. For an hours-long or all-day photo session, look no further than this quaint warehouse in Highland. This cozy Peerspace venue features a 320-square-foot production lounge — complete with a seating area and makeup station — and a 260-square-foot studio with high ceilings that can accommodate 23-foot backdrops. Take advantage of the studio room’s blackout curtains and natural light for a nearly effortless photoshoot. Professional lighting equipment is also available for rent.
9. Chance upon treasure at the Cathedral of Junk
As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” In this particular case, many people’s discarded things have become one creative resident’s trove. Nestled in the southern end of the city, the Cathedral of Junk is an accumulation of literal tons of trash, such as broken bicycles, rusty road signs, broken CDs, and scrap metal. If your photoshoot involves boho-chic or steampunk-style outfits, then swing by this marvelous junkyard for inspired shots.