Hooray, you’ve booked the photoshoot! The next question: “Where do we go?”
We get asked this by photography clients a lot. So, here’s a list of our top 10, with an honorary mention — all with photos we personally took at these locations!
Honorary Mention: Loose Park
Yes, it’s gorgeous. But, it’s only honorary and not on the 10 countdown list because of how incredibly busy this place can get. It can be hard to get a shot without people in the background (and editing people out takes time). Plus, photographers everywhere.
It’s not a hidden gem — and if you get caught shooting professionally in this area, and you haven’t paid their photographer’s fee, you get fined.
Wait. Do a shoot at Bass Pro? Hear me out.
This particular location has an outside park that includes waterfalls. Waterfalls, people!
Yes, I just used an entire city as a photoshoot location. It has a population of around 5,500, and a whole lotta character. It boasts an adorable downtown area — not to mention this bridge!
If you walk over the bridge, there’s a nice, open area with grass — and a nice view of the Missouri River. There is a path you can follow along it, so you aren’t getting your shoes all muddy!
There is also the “Hogwarts Castle,” which is actually Park University.
It’s a nice, open area with a killer view of the Kansas City skyline. Plus, you can explore some history while you’re there.
But they will yell at you if you sit on the ledge like we did. We actually had no idea there were huge speakers for them to yell at you … until it was happening to us.
Leaning is OK, though.
And standing in front of it is all chill, too!
7. Swope Park
This park has lion statues. And 1,805-acres. What’s not to love?
Also, it’s Kansas City’s largest park. Glorious.
It can be tricky to find, but when you go explore downtown KC, especially on the side roads by Restaurant Depot on 12th Street, you’ll find it. Colorful graffiti. Perfect for the urban setting. The senior pictures. The fun, funky group.
Plus, the grafitti is ever-changing, so you’ll never get the same shot twice! It’s always so bright and colorful, and sometimes you can find fun little messages, like “feminine” above. On the flip side of that, you also have to watch out for not so nice words, too.
For the person who wants nature shots. This is also the perfect location for those fall photos — colored leaves and trees everywhere! Plus, they have great trails you can utilize after the shoot!
I usually suggest this one for my repeat clients. With these clients, we’ve usually already hit up the No. 1 spot (no peeking until you get there), and probably a couple others on this list.
It’s a great change of pace. Plus, it has great scenery, a bridge, and a gorgeous estate that serves as a wonderful backdrop.
This location is also dog-friendly! Their only requirement is that your pup has to be on a leash, and that you clean up any poo that may happen!
3. Lake Jacomo
The best place for water shots! On the way, they have several stop-offs with gorgeous water views. If you know where to go, there is also a great miniature waterfall area.
If you drive further in the park, you’ll hit the yacht area — there’s a trail you can take back with gorgeous trees and tall grass.
If you walk far enough, there’s a break in the trees and you can see the water in the background.
There’s also the option of walking out onto the docks!
This hidden gem is a wonderful tribute to the love locks bridge in Paris. I love going here and seeing all of the different locks, looking at the dates, and the sweet engravings.
If you walk past the bridge, there is beautiful tall grass, and even train tracks!
I can’t define my love enough for this place. A lot of people have never heard of it, and hearing them gasp at the sight hundreds of roses the first time they step foot onto the property is something I never get tired of hearing.
Every breed of rose you thought you’d heard of, plus many more you probably can’t even pronounce (I know I can’t!).
And let’s not forget those fountains! There are several throughout the property — including a huge one the size of a swimming pool in the middle.
The fountains are turned off once it gets chilly. But, even in the colder non-rose months, the architecture is fun to play with.
And this is just the front. If you explore the grounds even farther, you will find the old stone buildings. This place is teeming with possibilities!
And as if it couldn’t get any better — this location is also dog friendly! It’s the same rules as Bingham: Leash required, clean up poo!
Don’t forget — our list of Top 10 photography locations in St. Louis is coming soon, too!