The Midwest in winter can present challenges when you’re planning to have professional portraits taken on location. With preparation for a successful photography session and an understanding of the best locations, chances are you’ll have a rewarding experience.
St. Louis and St. Charles have a plethora of eclectic neighborhoods and iconic structures where photographs can be taken any time of the year. Some of my favorite locations for taking portraits in winter include:
The Gateway Arch – riverfront steps and the legs of the Arch
Old Courthouse – steps and columns
The Mural Mile – the graffiti by Paint Louis has new artwork annually
Citygarden Sculpture Park – stone walls and whimsical statues
The Muny – the walkway by the lower ticket office
World’s Fair Pavilion – inside the pavilion and on the steps
Missouri History Museum – outside of the main entrance in the front
St. Louis Art Museum – outside of the main entrance and by the statue of Saint Louis
Jewel Box – plants, flowers and perfect light on the inside
Comfort Stations – stone structures located at the main entrances
Ruins – near the Piper Palm House and by the pond
Pool Pavilion – walls and columns
There are special requirements for professional photography in many of the favorite locations in the area such as the parks in St. Louis County. It’s a good idea to check ahead of time to make sure you have permission. If you’re taking pictures inside a home or commercial building, choose areas that offer as much natural light as possible.
For more ideas, check out my photo galleries.
The photo of Kelly Chandler (my daughter) was taken at the Jewel Box in Forest Park.