You know, before I was a professional portrait photographer in Dallas, I actually spent a lot of time in Allen. In fact, I graduated from Allen High School, so I’ve got my own allegiance to our very own Allen Eagles. I still try to make it to homecoming games, so go Eagles! Aside from the hometown pride of my alma mater boasting one of the best high school football teams in the nation, Allen was just an awesome place to grow up, so whenever I have the chance to get back to Allen for some portrait photography, especially engagement photography, family portraits, or wedding photography at Cross Creek Ranch, I always try to take some time to reconnect with my old stomping grounds. Say “Hi” to Celebration Park for me. It’s a great place for some photography in Allen, though I’ve also got to mention the Parker Rose Garden — Texas was practically made to grow roses throughout the year. Oh, and just some random advice: if you’ve got a shopping bug in your system, a day spent at the Allen Outlet Mall will replenish a wardrobe lickety-split.