Great Family Photo Shoot Locations

Family photo shoots create memorable experiences and keepsakes. Choosing a location and a photographer can also accentuate that experience. Whether you are drawn to a more traditional backdrop or interested in a unique and off the beaten path locale, this is our guide to great family photo shoots.

  1. Powell Gardens, Kansas City's Botanical Garden

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    Powell Gardens is a perfect spot for portraits that boosts natural backgrounds and unique scenic landscapes. 

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    Crossroads Arts District

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    The Crossroads has a clean, modern-urban edge with great backdrops and a cool vibe. 

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    Shawnee Mission Park Marina

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    Shawnee Mission Park is full of lots of different spots such as the wildflower pastures, pond, and wooden bridges.

  4. Sar Ko Par Park

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    Sar Ko Par Park is a great photo location that has more texture and architecture that includes the stone museum, stepping stones, bridges.

  5. Unity Village Country Club

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    Unity Village is a unique venue that includes stunning grounds,  old historical buildings, pastures and golf course.

  6. Liberty Memorial Association

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    Liberty Memorial provides cement and architectural backgrounds with plenty of green space. 

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  7. Country Club Plaza

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    The Country Club Plaza has a plethora of  unique corridors, stairs, fountains, and vibrant, architectural diversity. 

  8. West Bottoms Historic District

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    The West Bottoms has a grunge vibe with a historical twist, old buildings and unique doorways. 

  9. Jacob Loose Memorial Park

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    Jacob Loose Park includes the rose gardens, expansive grounds, ponds, and beautiful trees for the perfect backdrop.

  10. Lone Summit Ranch

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    Lone Summit Ranch is a beautiful, rustic venue for special events. This amazing property consists of 128 acres; ideal for photoshoots as well!

  11. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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    Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art grounds has a Kansas City historical vibe with the iconic shuttlecock and a variety backdrops and rock pathways. 

  12. Faulkner's Ranch

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    Faulkner's Ranch is a family-owned and operated private event facility! The perfect environment with a variety of photo opportunities.

  13. Longview Mansion

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    A distinguished estate venue since 1914, Longview Mansion is the architectural crown jewel in the Kansas City area. Provides a variety of views for a dynamic photoshoot.

  14. Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area

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    Natural features on the area include steep forested hillsides along Burr Oak Creek, large limestone boulders and outcrops, restored prairies and woodlands, and a trail complex that will guide visitors through many of the listed features.

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  15. Historic River Market

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    This unique KC location of Historic River Market would make a great local spot for family photos, especially if you want to capture the excitement of the city in your backdrop.

  16. Briarcliff Park

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    The lovely waterfall at Briarcliff Park is another great spot to capture beautiful pictures of your family. The waterfalls make for a perfect backdrop for your next family photo op!

  17. James A Reed Wildlife Area

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    James A Reed Wildlife Area: Expansive woodland & wetland hunting grounds can make for a great nature backdrop.

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  18. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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    Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: The beautiful building is a great backdrop for family photos. You can also get shots of downtown in the background too.

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    Weston Bend State Park

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    Great for fall foliage — check out the Missouri River overlook during sunset!

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    English Landing Park

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    Gorgeous no matter the season, there are beautiful weeping willows and a great walk along the river at English Landing Park

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    Union Station

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    Though you need a photography permit other times of the year, Union Station opens up to anyone who wants family photos during the holidays.

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    Burr Oak Woods State Forest

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    Burr Oak Woods State Forest: You'll look like you're not quite in Kansas anymore in this park filled with tall evergreen trees.

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  23. Grinter Sunflower Farm

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    Though seasonal, nothing says quintessential Midwest like a giant field of sunflowers at Grinter Sunflower Farm.

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