One of the very best things about living in Austin is the picture-perfect weather we get to enjoy every year. Okay, some summers Mother Nature may come on too strong with those sweltering 100-degree temps. But, we’re learning to play along, throw on a halter dress or t-shirt and shorts, and head to any number of spots to snap a magazine-worthy pic!

At Red Velvet Events, we get to meet so many unique people in so many picturesque settings in Austin. Umlauf Sculpture Garden near Zilker Park is one of our favorites, but there are countless places to point your camera and shoot. Just in time for another glorious summer, here are 10 great places to take outdoor photos in Austin!

1. The Oasis on Lake Travis

You can dine on outdoor decks at this popular restaurant on Lake Travis and snap shot after shot of the most perfect sunsets anywhere.

2. The Drag on Guadalupe

Get the perfect selfie with Jeremiah the happy “Hi How Are You” frog on 21st and Guadalupe and then stroll “the drag” where anything might materialize and make for the day’s “most provocative” image.

3. Congress Avenue Bridge (The Bats)

At just the right time of the year (like, right now, actually!) you can capture one of Austin’s most mesmerizing sights—the Mexican free-tailed bat colony emerging from beneath the bridge just after sunset.

4. Congress Avenue Bridge (The Capitol)

And on that same bridge during the day, face north to get an unobstructed panoramic view of the Texas State Capitol (with some of our ever-changing skyline thrown in for good measure!)

5. A Top floor of the Austonian

If you can get to one of the top floors of the Austonian, the tallest residential building in Texas, you’ll get birds-eye-view shots of The Frost Bank Tower, the UT Tower and the State Capitol.

6. Mount Bonnell Overlook

With sunrays shimmering on Lake Austin, the Mt. Bonnell overlook will yield breathtaking shots of a Lake Austin seemingly covered by millions of sparkling Eliza Page gems.

7. The Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue

There is no more classic an image than that of your pooch posing next to the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue at Auditorium Shores.

8. “Rhapsody” in East Austin

One of the most vibrant displays of cultural and corporate rejuvenation on East 11th street is artist John Yancey’s “Rhapsody,” a colorful mural featuring jazz musicians.

9. East Austin Urban Farms

Foodie photographers must head to any one of East Austin’s thriving sustainable farms (Boggy Creek, HausBar, Rain Lily or Springdale Farms) to get snapshots of billowy greens, bright red tomatoes, chickens, goats, even live music performers.

10. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Get some traditional shots of bluebonnets then head southwest to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center where you can capture pictures of all sorts of native plants from the Hill Country, South and West Texas.

Check out the snapshots in RVE’s portfolio!