Top 5 Family-Friendly Restaurants | McKinney Family Photography

Hi friends! I have something fun for you today! Small businesses need some love right now, so I figured this is a perfect time to share some of my favorite restaurants to visit in the McKinney area after your family photography session!

I’m often asked about how to prep kids for family sessions and I’m a huge proponent of making it a special family day. Tell them you’ll play and be silly together during the session, then have a family dinner (or dessert) after!

For the session below I met up with Mandi, a fellow photographer, and her beautiful family for a sunset session. In the winter, sunset sessions take place earlier so kids are typically ready for dinner right after! Afterwards, dinner at a nearby restaurant can be a fun way to end the day with your littles. You’re also likely to have an appetite after all of that playtime! Fill their bellies so they’re ready for bath and bed when you get home, right?!

So if you’re needing some fuel after your session, here some of my favorites in the McKinney area!

Top Five Restaurants to Visit after your Family Photography session near McKinney

The Yard

This is one of my absolute favorites! Their motto is “eat, drink & play outside” so you can’t get more family-friendly than that! If you have kiddos like mine that can’t sit still through a full meal in a restaurant, this is the place for you! Plus the food is delicious, it’s close to my studio, and locally-owned.


Harvest is a farm-to-table concept located in the historic downtown McKinney Square, near my studio! It’s locally-owned and their menu is full of delicious options made with local and seasonal ingredients.

Hat Creek Burger Co.

This fast-food style restaurant has a big outdoor playground, so its perfect for running off any extra steam the kids have after your session! Plus a patio, tvs for the Dads, and the best made-to-order burgers.

Mod Pizza

This is our family’s favorite casual pizza spot! If you ask my middle child, he’d eat here everyday if he could. You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu!

Babe’s Chicken

Best Southern food in the area, hands down! The biscuits are amazing!! It’s a rustic, casual chicken restaurant  with family-style meals.

Bonus: Rick’s Chophouse

Finally, if you’re coming from a maternity session (and have the luxury of a date night… I’m so jealous!), you can’t beat Rick’s! The chophouse salad is to die for! It’s a great spot for a nice dinner, and an excuse to keep your hair and makeup done a little longer!

Family session in park with two toddlers in McKinney, TX. Photo by Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Family session in park with two toddlers in McKinney, TX. Photo by Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Happy family interacting with two kids during session. Photo by Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Portraits of Mom and toddler walking and cuddling in park session in McKinney, TX. Photo by Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Dad with toddler smiling at camera. Photo by Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Family cuddling during portrait session with McKinney family photographer, Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Family walking with child swinging in the middle during family portrait session. Photo by Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Sweet photo of Mom sitting with two daughters in McKinney family photography session. Photo by Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Mom playing with daughters in park near McKinney, TX. Photo by Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Dad with toddler on his shoulders during family session with by Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Mom and daughter smiling at camera. Photo by McKinney Family Photographer, Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Dad sitting with daughters during family session at McKinney park. Image by Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Sisters looking at each other with arms around each other. Photo by Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Photos of parents together and parents with two children near water at McKinney, TX park. Photos by Aimee Hamilton Photography.
Parents smiling at children during family session. Photo by Aimee Hamilton Photography.

Aimee Hamilton Photography specializes in newborn, maternitymotherhood, family, and baby sessions in the Dallas area, including Frisco, Highland Park, Celina, Prosper, McKinney, Uptown, Allen, Plano, Southlake, Grapevine, Fort Worth, and Little Elm.

I would love to chat more with you about booking your own portraits! I am currently booking newborn, maternity, baby, and motherhood sessions into 2021. If you would like more details about a session with me please feel free to get in touch with me here! I would love to serve you and your family.

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Photography has always been a passion of mine. I truly treasure all the {mostly} candid moments that are turned into tangible memories.

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