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Spring Pictures in the ArkLaTex

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It  has been the backdrop of choice for professional and amateur photographers alike.  And with Spring springing from all those beautiful flowers and plants, the Norton art gallery sure is a tempting place to snap a few. However that came to an end last year with the Norton ceasing all photography on their property due to the acts of a few.  So what are some options for those looking for the right eye catching scenic view.  

From bridal portraits to family photos, There are many places to choose from here in the Arklatex. But you have to look around and know your area.

Jaci Iles
Jaci Iles photography
"There's lots of public places here in the Arklatex for you to see and use. Such as betty Virginia Park. Here at the Duck Ponds. Bickham Dickson park."

And don't just stop at parks.   Colleges are a great place for pictures too.  Some have horticulture programs and the students take care of the grounds.  That can mean some colorful scenic views but beware.....They may come at a cost. Iles says, "Centenary is really beautiful. Their flowers there. Their scenery is really great. But those places charge fees so that's something you should be aware of."

Fees are put in place to help better deal with any damages that may come from people taking pictures.  The American Rose Society requests  photographers set-up a time in advance and require a refundable deposit plus a fee.  And if you are looking at shooting somewhere for free....Jaci warns that free is not so easy to find anymore. She says, " A lot of photographers have the misconception that just because there's an open field on the side of the road that means it can be used. And that's not always the case. I recommend checking with everyone. To find out who owns that property before you use. Check for fees. Check out the location for the time of the day and what's going on there."

And you're not going to believe this. but taking pictures isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Jaci told me that "What a lot of people don't realize also is that it's very illegal to take pictures with animals such as rabbits, ducks, chicks, bunnies. And of those kind of things without a proper permit."  But wait...There's more.  The laws don't stop on animals but include the ole steel horse and tracks. "It's also illegal for the railroad tracks which is a very popular place to take pictures these days."

And the fines can be pretty steep. "It's up to a ten thousand dollar fine and I know about you but fines just aren't my thing."

You may remember about a year ago Norton Art Gallery discontinued allowing people come in and take pictures of any kind.  They were having trouble with people getting into their flower beds and standing on their plants for pictures.  Plus some photographers were not only disrespecting the property but also disrespecting people that were simply there to enjoy the gardens.  The Gallery began losing fifty to a hundred thousand dollars a year in damages.  With that said...The Norton Art Gallery is still a wonderful place to visit, especially this time of year. 

 

 

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