My Top 5 Portrait Locations in St. Louis: Spring 2016

St. Louis has it all: beautiful nature areas, tall buildings, rustic scenery, and grimy alleyways. I’d be hard pressed to not find a perfect location for a client. But between my own Framed Series and portraits for clients, I’m constantly looking for fresh locations that offer diverse backgrounds. As I continue to search the city, I thought it would be great to share some of my favorite locations. Below are my top 5 locations for portraits in St. Louis this spring.

Blackburn Park - You could say this park is off the beaten path, at least if you don’t travel through Webster Groves very often, but it offers some incredible foliage throughout the Spring, and even impressive fall textures when the weather changes in the opposite direction. The rolling hills of the park work nicely for creating depth in your image and various park benches, as well as a plethora of trees, lend well to creating scenic park shots. The other great aspect of this location is its proximity to downtown Webster Groves, which offers a unique setting for a small downtown feel. While you’re at it, grab some ice cream from Serendipity.

The Central West End - The Central West End (CWE) offers some beautiful spaces. From the happening nightlife and great eateries, to the magnificent homes and iron fences that line the streets, the CWE has something to make any portrait session stand out. As an additional bonus, the Cathedral Basilica sits closely to the heart of the CWE, making it a great location to walk to while capturing some candid moments.  

Benton Park - Benton Park, both the neighborhood and the park itself, have great history and awesome views. The park offers mature trees, benches and ledges, and early 1900 buildings to fill the background. Take a stroll around the neighborhood and see the large homes in all of their turn-of-the-century glory. While you’re in the neighborhood, consider swinging by Sump Coffee, just up the road on Jefferson; it’s a minimalist coffeeshop, but each drink is crafted to perfection.

Tower Grove Park - Nestled in between South Grand and Kingshighway, Tower Grove Park is a beacon for kickball, running, and photography. This expansive park is home to more than 200 species of trees alone, many of which provide refuge for birds, squirrels, and other creatures. What’s more, the park offers architectural ruins that house a fountain near the center of the park, several pavilions, and numerous bridges that offer a great places to pose. The neighborhood around the park has some wonderful architecture as well. Head into the Shaw area to grab some coffee at Rustitou, or head to the other side of the park for some lite eats at the light and airy Hartford Coffee.

Lafayette Square - It’s hard to find a place in Lafayette Square that isn’t perfect for portraits. Whether you’re getting ice cream at Clementines, sitting at the fountain along Park Ave., or just posing against the wall of Hickory Street, Lafayette Square offers some unique backdrops for your images. Take some time to explore Lafayette Park, too. The small pond that sits near the corner of Lafayette and Mississippi is perfect for intimate engagement sessions.

These are just a handful of my favorite locations for portraits in St. Louis and it is certainly not an exhaustive list. If you have a suggestion for a great location, leave a comment and let me know what spot sparks your imagination.