Senior Locations

Senior Locations

Choosing your Senior Portrait Location

Maybe senior year is upon you. Maybe you know the exact look you are going for. Perhaps though, you just don’t know where to go.

 

Every season, when I book seniors, I am asked about locations. I ended up having to send links to multiple session blogs, over and over again. I also haven’t been the best about keeping my blog up to date. My most current sessions and new locations weren’t readily available to share. It was definitely time to remedy this. 

 

In all honesty, I can look around almost any location and find great backdrops and hidden gems to photograph subjects against. But I do have a good rundown of some great spots to look at. I’m so often asked where to go that it was definitely time to put some great options for people that I can send them straight to for reference.

Westport Plaza

This was a new location for me this past fall. Even with the long drive, and I have to say that I fell in love. A cool thing about this one is that it clears out after 5ish and there isn’t a ton of people to contend with. I love the little lake and the staircase with the with ivy. Walkways, colorful and quaint “Germantown feel” mixed with city. Once the lights turn on, it’s magical even if it is a race to get you photographed before the sun sets.

Festus & St. Francois State Park

Want a bit of an urban look mixed with a country vibe? Well look no further. A great option if  you are a Jefferson County native and want to stay close by. Starting in town in Festus and then moving to St. Francois state park for your senior pictures is a great option. You can also stay within Festus and do an entire session no problem. I’ve scoped all the local spots.

Desoto

Also within south Jefferson County. The old buildings and staircases, paired with a couple of really pretty parks and Joachim creek makes it a great location to get lots of different looks in your session.

Forest Park

Oh, Forest Park, how I love thee.  Soooo much to offer here. From the World’s Fair Pavillion to the surrounding Muny areas. The Jewel Box to the Art Museum and below it. It’s difficult for me to get all the way around it in a session. Forest Park never disappoints for St. Louis Senior Portraits

Downtown and the St. Louis CityGarden

I love the city scape and CityGarden to get a mixture of city and urban and park. There are a lot of options to really get a variety here for your senior senior session. 

Bee Tree Park

Bee Tree Park is bit small  but still works great, especially for a second location. You have the house, the stone, and the surrounding beautiful foliage that works beautifully here. 

Lafayette Park ~ Lafayette Square

Lafayette Park is not one of St. Louis’s bigger parks, but don’t let that deceive you. There’s so much beauty here. Beautiful floral walkways and ponds with a gorgeous bridge. The historical row houses or the quaint little businesses that surround it can be incorperated into your session. Always a good choice for your senior session in St. Louis.

The Landing

The Landing area is probably currently experiencing flooding, so not currently an option. However, when that situation is resolved the landing can be a cool option if you like the old building/urban feel. Also, the newly renovated arch grounds around it will be a great option to go along with it.

Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden is such a stunning location. It is an option only certain times of the year. It closes early at 5pm.  As I photograph the last few hours of sunlight for the most beautiful light it doesn’t always work for St. Louis senior sessions.  When does it work? When they have special event later hours in the summer and in the early spring when the sun sets or on an overcast day when you are available to go earlier. Also, something to keep in mind is that you also have the cost of tickets for everyone going in.  If you have your heart set on it, though, with planning, it’s an option

This is not, by any means, all of the locations. I’ll be adding to it as I come across more in the coming seasons. My  hope is that this is a helpful tool for you to decide where you want to have your senior session with Tara Price Photography!

2018 Santa Sessions

2018 Santa Sessions

5th annual Real Moments with Santa Sessions

I know, I know!  Every year, Christmas sneaks up on us so fast. It’s only  September, but it’s still time to begin booking for our annual Santa Sessions! We will be hosting a new Santa this year, Santa Waylen. A neighbor, friend and fellow photographer, has lent me an image of him so that you may see him.

Details on booking your Real Moments with Santa Sessions:

When: Saturday November 17, 2018 9am-12pm

Where: 133-B East Main Street, Festus, Mo. 63028

What: 10 minute session with Santa with 3 children. Two sessions must be puchased past 2 children.

Includes 5 hand edited digital images with print release for download sent via an email gallery

How Much: Early bird session price of $100 (plus tax) until Oct 15, then price goes to $125! 

photo credit: Michael O’Brian

To see what my sessions are like, below are some of my favorites of last year’s Santa Sessions with our wonderful, beloved Santa Sid. If you’d like to see years past you can do so here and here   

Santa Sid will always be in our hearts and we will forever miss him.
Choosing Your Family Portrait Wardrobe

Choosing Your Family Portrait Wardrobe

Let’s talk about dressing for a successful family portrait season!

The portrait season is upon us, and I couldn’t be happier! I know it can be unnerving enough as it is to get in front of the camera. Add in the stress of figuring out what to dress every one in and it can become downright overwhelming. And, let’s face it. It’s typically mom who is going to be the one with the job of making sure everyone looks great in what they wear. Well, let me help give you some simple tips for dressing everyone for their family photos.

1. Choose your color palette. I find that choosing two or three colors to build everyone outfits around works really well, thus giving a cohesive look to family portraits. Start by choosing one great outfit and build your others around that. Below is a great example of doing just that. I haven’t asked mom, but I would bet money that big sis’s outfit was found first. It’s a beautiful plaid with mauve, grey, cream and some navy. All of the other outfits were likely chosen around that. I like that baby and Dad have a nice balance of grey and Mom’s got the cream and mauve tones.

2. Don’t be rigid about choosing your color palette. I would caution you not to be hard set on your color palette until you go and see what colors are available to you for the season. It can become frustrating to have something certain in your mind and then to go out and it’s not out there. Each season has certain popular colors being sold. Be open to seeing what’s out there available to you.

3. Matchy-Matchy is not always the best choice, lol. Okay, in certain instances this can work. One of these instances can be seen here with my Mommy and me studio sessions this year. I’m encouraging moms and kids to wear white or off white or all light tan or petal pinks. The studio is light and airy and it looks current and incredible together. Now, for outdoor family portraits, if everyone wears black turtlenecks and jeans you could all look like a 90s throwback. See the difference there?

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4. Moms, make sure it’s not too loose. I know that those loose tent style dresses are all the rage right now. It does seem like it would hide a multitude of sins. The unfortunate reality is that very loose tops and dresses tend to add weight to a person in camera. Shop for dresses or tops that fit amazingly well, but not overly tight. Conversely, you do not want to be popping out of it! Well fitted clothing is so much more flattering to any figure. This goes for you too, teen daughters.

5. Consider patterns and solids carefully.  Another thing that can add weight are giant flower prints. Patterns can work, but make sure they aren’t overwhelming or too busy. When choosing colors stay away from Neons and green. Neons can reflect onto your face as they are so bright. Green can overwhelm if you are doing an outdoor session with green leaves on trees, green grass. It can make everyone look a little, well, green.

6. Dress for the season. This seems obvious, however, I’ve found that it isn’t always so. If the leaves have turned red and orange and gold fall colors, think about dressing correctly for the fall season. A spaghetti strapped spring/summer dress might look strange in this setting.

7. Make sure you feel like a million dollars in it and that it is comfortable. This seems like another obvious one, but when we get frustrated shopping, we tend to settle. Consider, though, that your portraits don’t happen every day. You are likely going to hang a picture on your wall and walk past it daily for the next several years. You don’t want to wish you were wearing something else every time you look at it.

8. The small details can make or break the look. Whatever you are wearing, make sure you iron it. Guys, wear dark socks if your are wearing dark shoes. Ladies, don’t have bra straps showing if you don’t want them in your forever pictures. Add beautiful accessories, jewelry or a scarf to finish off an outfit. With summer dresses, I love wedge sandals to lengthen the legs. Just make sure polish it off!

9. Lastly, make it special. Having your family portraits taken is special. Dress it up a bit or dress it up a lot. This depends on your personal style and taste. Think about what you want your forever memories to be. I hope this little dress for success installment has helped you think about how to shop for your next family portrait session!

Baby Maura Makes Her Debut

Baby Maura Makes Her Debut

Sarah & Joe brought sweet Maura into me a few weeks back. Big brother, Finn came in to. We got to talking about people we knew and had in common. It really is such a small world. Maura started out a little disinterested in me posing her, but I got to spend some time holding her and feeding her, getting her used to her surroundings and she fell into a sweet sleep for me with dreams and smiles. Below, is the finished product of our Signature Session…

Just a note: The pose of baby holding her head in hands is done with great care and caution. Baby’s safety is my number one concern. Hands were supporting baby at all times and the final image is made merging two in photoshop…St Louis Newborn PhotographerSt. Louis Newborn PhotosFestus, Mo. Newborn Photos

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