You know that style of engagement photography that boasts rows of old-growth trees, punctuated but a trendily dressed couple having the time of their lives? That’s what you’ll find at the Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney, one of my favorite Dallas-area outdoor photography spots. But this rustic part of the Dallas Metroplex has a few more bucolic venues as well, better suited to intimate wedding photography out in the country: Rosemary Barn, The Cotton Mill, and Bingham House are as old-school as they sound, without skimping on service. At the hub of McKinney is Downtown McKinney and its lovely small-town square that serves as an excellent backdrop for family photographers in McKinney to do their jobs. There are a lot of families in McKinney who have already figured out that it’s, quite simply, just one of those great places to live, work, and play. Oh, bonus: this is the hometown of Hollie Cavanagh of American Idol fame!