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
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.
2- Katy Heritage Park & Museum – 6002 George Bush Dr, Katy, TX 77493
Beautiful location and beautiful light at the Katy Heritage Park.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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