I got to visit Dallas for the first time when I went to photograph Aileen and Jason’s family in the northern suburbs of the city. I am always so grateful to be working and to be traveling and of course happiest when both happen simultaneously! Here are some of the snapshots from my weekend exploring Dallas, Texas.
First, post-shoot dim sum!
Next, I went down to explore a very cute neighborhood called the Bishop Arts District.
So many cute boutiques that were right up my alley.
The first of three Emporium Pie locations I’d end up visiting… And dinner at Velvet Taco.
A little view of the skyline.
Day two: museum day! First, the Crow Museum of Asian Art, which is always free to visit. They had a lovely exhibit on lacquer, and I learned that it’s made from layers of tree sap that are each painted on to the base wood and then hardened for 36 hours before the next layer. That all accumulates into half an inch of thickness, which is then carved into to create these intricate relief designs.
A lacquered teapot and a peach tree tribute gift carved from all different gemstones.
Jacob Hashimoto’s Clouds and Chaos.
Next, just down the street is the Dallas Museum of Art, which also has free general admission. A wall of Chihuly glass.
The Reves were art collectors that assembled their collection in a French villa once owned by Coco Chanel. Their art and Chanel’s furnishings eventually made their way over to this lovely exhibit here in Dallas.
Women + Design: New Works.
And some classics from Renoir and Monet.
An early Monet, Afternoon Tea.
When Gold Was King by Runo Lagomarsino.
Then I rode the free McKinney Avenue trolley for just a couple stops.
And I peeked inside this Chapel of Thanksgiving, set inside a little city plaza called the Thanks-Giving Square.
Spiraling stained glass inside the chapel.
Next, one more Dallas neighborhood: Deep Ellum.
Emporium Pies #2.
Grabbed some bubble tea from Feng Cha in North Dallas on the way back to McKinney.
And then stopped by the third Emporium Pies in old town McKinney (which is also super cute) for a couple slices for dinner back at Aileen and Jason’s.
Hooray! What a lovely couple of days in Dallas.
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