Capturing the Beauty of SMU’s Neo-Georgian Architecture – The Dallas Morning News

Between the white columns, stunning landscaping and Neo-Georgian architecture, there are plenty of opportunities to expand your portfolio at Southern Methodist University. So lace up your sneakers and get ready to clock in some steps—there are photo-worthy spots all over this 234-acre campus. Scroll on for some can’t-miss locations (and the best times to visit).

Looking for the perfect spot to take a couple of portraits? Head over to this tree-lined stretch for a beautiful backdrop. Just make sure not to schedule your session around a football game; this is a popular spot for tailgating (or “boulevarding” as the students call it).

Capture some movement in front of the fountain and let the surrounding windows be your backdrop in this tranquil little spot in front of Greer Garson Theatre. The framing will make for a gorgeous portrait, but the architecture alone is worth capturing.

Trust us, you’re definitely going to want to schedule a few hours to spend over at this art museum (and popular wedding venue). Once you’ve soaked up all of the pieces inside, head outside to capture the striking movement of Santiago Calatrava’s Wave sculpture.

Dedicated in 1915, this centerpiece for the campus was explicitly modeled after the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. Opt for a landscape portrait to capture all of the structures’ columns and angles, or bring a model for a portrait surrounded by the enormous columns. Also, be sure and walk inside to check out the view of the roof.

If you’re going to make it to one campus location during golden hour, make sure it’s this one. The Quadrangle is one of the newer additions to the campus, and it practically glows against the Laura Lee Blanton Building once the light is just right.

First opened in 1926, this auditorium is the site for commencements, graduations and other student lectures. Obtain a visitors pass and ask for permission to step inside to capture the velvety rows of seats. If you’re not so lucky, the exterior of the building is just as stunning.

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