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:

Downtown St. Louis

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

Forest Park

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

Tower Grove Park

Comfort Stations – stone structures located at the main entrances
Ruins – near the Piper Palm House and by the pond
Pool Pavilion – walls and columns

Historic Neighborhoods

Benton Park
Lafayette Square
Main Street St. Charles

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.

About Caren Libby

Caren has a corporate and entrepreneurial background in web design, marketing and project management. She also has a passion for photographing people and places in St. Louis and beyond. Caren can maximize your visibility and elevate your sales potential by building an engaging and dynamic digital foundation that brings your compelling business story and long-term goals to life.

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