Best Photo Locations in West Houston – Katy TX

 Photography scout in West Houston

If ever looking for photo locations for your next photo session in west Houston Katy, TX, your search ends here!

Katy is located 25 miles West from Houston, TX and is known for Downtown Old Katy and for “new Katy” as well.

Katy has developed fast in the last decade but there are areas still intact that keep their old town feelings and taste, with antique shops and the countryside areas in the North part.

For the last 5 years after becoming a photographer in Katy, I’ve become very familiar with the North area and I would be delighted to share with you some of the most amazing locations for a photo shoot around here.

I do admit that the Katy area can be “boring” and uninteresting for most people, but after being here for many years, I came to find that it all dependes on the photographer’s eye to discover new places.

A big camera or an expensive lens will not make you a better photographer, also an incredible location will not make you one either. It’s always the mind behind the viewfinder that makes things happen.

So the list starts with the most popular to the least and I’m sure you’ll find something that will suit your needs! Here are my 7 best places!

1- MKT Railroad Museum – 5615 1st St, Katy, TX 77493

Katy Railroad Museum, Katy Texas, Old Katy Museum,

Railroad Museum of Katy by Daria Ratliff Photography


I do know that pretty much all small towns will have somehow an old train station and railroads, but the beauty of Old Katy is the easy access and parking, making the whole experience a breeze. The MKT Railroad Museum has great staff and very knowledgeable of the city sites.

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Katy Railroad museum on First Street. Isabella Machado Senior Pictures in Katy Texas.

2- Katy Heritage Park & Museum – 6002 George Bush Dr, Katy, TX 77493

Beautiful location and beautiful light at the Katy Heritage Park.

Katy Texas Locations to Photograph

Katy Heritage Museum – 5615 1st Street, Katy 77493


Special notice to photographers – Beginning March 1, 2015,  professional photographers (all those receiving compensation for photographs) will need to purchase a permit for this purpose and have it with them when taking any photographs with clients on porches, swings, chairs, steps or any physical portion of any structure in Katy Heritage Park.

3- Mary Jo Peckham Park – 5597 Gardenia Ln, Katy, TX 77493

Even if you’re not looking for a place to photograph a client, the Mary Jo Peckham Park is a great small Park for your family!

Mary Jo Peckham Park in Katy tx

Mary Jo Peckham Park in Katy Texas – Locations for your photo Session


It’s safe, clean and family oriented! They have a pond with ducks that you can feed,  a pier to fish, trails, playground for kiddos and a free putt putt!

4- Downtown Old Katy

In this area you can shop and walk around in a safe and friendly environment! There are other streets around, so just explore them either by foot or driving. You’ll feel like you stepped back in time!


Old Katy photo location; old katy tx, photo by Daria Ratliff Photography;


5- Open fields

There are several open fields with tall grass (depending on the time of the year) and plain areas, but they’re mostly private properties.


Milo Field in Katy, Daria Ratliff Photography

Milo Field in Katy – Caption by Daria Ratliff Photography


Old Katy photo location; old katy tx, photo by Daria Ratliff Photography;

Open Field on Pin Oak Rd in Katy, TX


To the Milo field – If you come North on Av. D, passing Clay Rd (about 4 miles from US 90) you’ll see lots of fields on both sides of the road. Boots or tennis shoes recommended.

To the open field on Pink Oak Rd – coming from Houston, take your right on Pin Oak Rd. This field is right by the Interstate 10 on your right. There is a small bank where you can park and then walk to the fields. Normally you’ll see tall grass in the area and it’s a good rule of thumb to bring boots. Great area!

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Isabella Machado Senior Pictures in Katy Texas.

Try to find a clean area to go in. Parking is hard as you might have to be on the side of the road, but I’m sure you’ll find a place by the gate area to stop your car. These are private areas so as long as you don’t adventure too far inside the property, you should be good.

You might be able to find a neighbor who can help with information of the fields but you should be fine.

6- The KGSA fields – Paul D. Rushing Park 9114, Katy Hockley Road – Katy, Texas 77493

The Katy Girls Softball Association has a great area behind their softball fields to photograph!

Dr. Paul Rushing Park in Katy, Texas

Photo taken from the internet


Be aware of the areas with water, as they say there are some alligators around but I’ve never seen any.

They have piers and trails. End of the day is great and try to go during the week, as on weekends you’ll see lots of teams playing on that area. As long as you are not going to do a big photo shoot, with lots of production, you should be fine going into the back of the fields.

7- Katy VFW Park by the Katy Heritage Park on George Bush Lane, Katy

Katy’s VFW park is nestled among many large oak trees and is shady most of the time, making summer days easy on photographers that don;t have any alternative but to photograph during the harsh light hours.

It’s a pleasant, small and has a small road, making a beautiful death of field for your photographs!

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Isabella Machado Senior Pictures at the VFW in Katy Texas.

The light is beautiful and it gets filtered through the trees during sunset!

If ever wanting to come to Katy and need some other areas to photograph, you can contact me at and I will be more than happy to help you find a field around the North Katy area!

Daria Ratliff is a West Houston Photographer in Katy, TX



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    June 29, 2016 at 11:05 am

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    August 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    That’s awesome! Thank you for taking the time to share these beautiful locations.

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    Jennifer Sabrie
    September 21, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Hey, this is beyond useful! I’m new in Katy and I would love to explore with my family places to see in Katy and find your article very useful. Thank you!

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      Daria Ratliff
      September 22, 2016 at 5:11 am

      Oh, absolutely. It’s fun for family and friends, not only for photographers!

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    Ana Hernandez
    September 27, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Hi I would like some advice am planing on doing a family photo shoot and I’ll like to know what place In Katy it’s best to do a family shoot

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      Daria Ratliff
      September 27, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Hi, Ana!
      Actually, all of these places are great for a family photo session! You just have to pick one that will suit your client’s style. Ask them and see what they think. All the places on the posts have address and are easy to access.
      Thanks for commenting!

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    December 6, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Any suggestions for indoor photos? My one year old’s birthday is coming up and its been very cold outside lately.

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      Daria Ratliff
      December 20, 2016 at 5:59 am

      Thanks for your enquire!
      Weather has not been kind on us lately. I’ve been postponing sessions like never before.
      I do not know of any place indoors but I do suggest two thing to my clients. One is to do a lifestyle session at their home. The other suggestion is to try to go to places like a nice little cafe, maybe downtown Houston area or the Rice village for covered and interesting areas like sidewalks and the sort. My only concern with indoor places is that there is not much light coming in this time of the year, so the best suggestion is to get closer to the greatest light source in the room and hope for the best.
      I’ve also seen photos where clients and photographers are adventurous enough to go out in the rain and shoot in the rain!
      Anyway, I hope this help!
      Take great care and stay warm!

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    Linda Peters
    May 29, 2017 at 1:31 am

    It ‘s really great to know.Thank you for sharing.

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