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.
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.
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.
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 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!