a photo taken at Hines of Alex with the text “San Marcos Photo Ops” on top

Hidden Gem Photo Ops in San Marcos

By Andrea Mau
Web Content Contributor

In the drudgery of day-to-day life we sometimes forget that the place we inhabit is also a hot spot for photoshoots. San Marcos features multiple natural and architectural beauties, from the river of Sewell to the murals downtown. This weekend, I adventured out with a friend to find the best photo ops in town.

two photos of Alex in front of separate paintings outside Sean Patrick’s
Photos taken outside of Sean Patrick’s. Images by Andrea Mau.

We started on the Square, a well known location for photos, especially at night when the streets are illuminated in neon from the bars. However, what looks good any time of day are the murals located all over downtown. We particularly enjoyed the flag murals located outside Sean Patrick’s due to their proximity to a small garden. 

photo taken of me in front of a brick wall in an alley
Photo taken outside of Gumpy’s. Image by Alex Owens.

Further out from the Square, in the alley next to Gumby’s, is another cool spot. The alley has a backdrop of plain brick, and certain fixtures such as the window and palm plant pictured. This location is ideal for a rustic look, and is at its prime during bright clear days.

photo of Alex in front of a water tank behind the Hines building on Texas State campus
Photo taken behind Hines building on Texas State campus. Image by Andrea Mau.

In case you’ve never had a reason to come by the Agriculture or Hines buildings on campus, now you do. The two buildings are located right next to each other and have some of the most beautiful spots on campus with gardens and decorated water tanks. 

photos were taken of me by Alex outside of Agriculture building on Texas State campus
Photos taken outside of Agriculture building on Texas State campus. Images by Alex Owens.

Experience the abundant greenery behind the Agriculture building while taking fresh snaps for your story or Instagram. Because the Agriculture building is located on a hill, the architecture in the area is also appealing with plants sweeping high up the levels of the hill.

photos taken at Vista Trail Park of Alex by me on a dock and next to the river.
Photos taken at Vista Trail Park. Images by Andrea Mau.

But no San Marcos photoshoot would be complete without the river. Rio Vista Park has the best trail in my experience with very few people visiting it even on the weekends. The result is free reign in the clear and green river of Sewell. The location also has small ponds surrounding it with docks which are optimal for photos. 

photo of me taken by Alex at Vista Trail Park
Photo taken at Vista Trail Park. Image by Alex Owens.

Further down the trail are numerous trees and interesting plant life to find. Although the trees are fun to climb, they also make vibrant visuals with their wild growth patterns and decay.  

It’s difficult to leave the house sometimes, but these possible photo locations will hopefully make it easier and more exciting to explore the beauty of San Marcos. With so many sites to behold, we should celebrate and appreciate our town’s unique features. Please visit any of these sites; they’re all public and gorgeous to shoot with.  

Featured image by Andrea Mau.

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