I am graduating this May, and I was having a hard time figuring out where I wanted to take my senior pictures. I had my photographer and outfits picked out, but I didn’t really know where I wanted to have them made. So, I put together a list of places that future graduates can go to take their pictures.

1. Surfin’ Steve/SFA sign/Your academic college

You can’t truly capture your experiences at SFA without its famous fountain and sign. The iconic fountain, located in the center of campus, was created in 1983 and given the nickname Surfin’ Steve. Many seniors have taken their pictures at the welcome sign located on North Street. Some even go to the building of their specific college and take pictures in front of the place where they put in many hours of work. These loca- tions show your friends and family a little insight on SFA’s traditions, and shows your school spirit.

2. Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden

If you’re looking for more locations on campus, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is a great place to capture some beautiful landscape pictures. This garden consists of 46 planting beds, a 1.25-mile trail and 50 benches. The garden ranges in different flowers and trees that give your pictures variety. It also highlights the natural beauty of Nacogdoches.

3. SFA Mast Arboretum

SFA’s Mast Arboretum is a 10-acre garden on Wilson Street that runs along the Lanana Creek. In 1985, the garden started off as a small garden project, but over the years, it has expanded into include a diverse assortment of plants. There is also a variety of art sculptures that you can take pictures with.

4. Banita Creek Trails 

This 1.9-mile trail located at the end of Rusk Street allows you to go off campus and capture the natural beauty Nacogdoches has to offer. Banita Creek Trails consist of beautiful trees and also include a stream with a waterfall. The water is not too deep, so if you want to dip your toes in, then go right ahead. The trail also is home to “Ab’s chair,” which is an 8-foot, 300- pound chair that was created by local artist Jeffie Brewer. The giant chair is a great place to take candid and fun pictures.

5. Downtown Nacogdoches

There are many artsy backdrops in downtown Nacogdoches. The first spot is the iconic purple door located on Commerce Street. This backdrop gives an edgy school spirit vibe and allows your friends and family to see a glimpse of Nacogdoches’ downtown area. Across from the Fredonia Hotel is a polka dot wall that brings a more fun and unique tone to your photos.

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