When you live in a large metropolitan area like St. Louis, Missouri, there are endless possibilities for photography on location. In Preparation for a Successful Photography Session, I shared suggestions on what to wear and what to bring to a destination. Some clients have a place in mind when they set up a session, and others ask for my recommendations. In addition to group and individual portraits, some of my clients like to include photographs of the environment as well as objects that are meaningful.
Below are some of my favorite places that are specific to where I live and work; however, there are elements that apply in every city and town.
Parks and gardens often include stone buildings with columns and large staircases, bridges, gazebos, statues, gardens, waterfalls, and greenhouses.
Urban areas like Downtown St. Louis have a combination of tourist attractions, gardens, plazas, museums, art installations, overlooks, and many other possibilities for photography.
- Busch Stadium
- Gateway Arch Park
- Graffiti Wall
- Kiener Plaza
- Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park
Historical districts have main streets with brick buildings and sidewalks, textured doorways, and vintage-style stores, galleries, gardens, and restaurants.
- Cherokee Lemp Historic District
- Laclede’s Landing
- Lafayette Square
- Soulard District
- St. Charles Main Street
In the countryside, there are barns, fields, porches, tractors, stables, flower farms, and picturesque wineries.
Business environments include offices, conference rooms, studios, coffee shops, restaurants, patios, auditoriums, and a variety of other locations that will help you showcase what you do in your career. You can use your own business, public venues, or request permission from the staff of another company’s facility.
I’ve been photographing portraits since 2008, and some of the rules have changed in these locations. It’s a good idea to call ahead or check their websites before you schedule a session because some of them have special requirements or restrictions for commercial photography.
To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson