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. Photo By: Saranya Srinivasan

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    Riparian Trail:  Gem of a spot that's not usually crowded so helpful when including pets; provides colors, boardwalk bridges, meandering locations, mixed woods, peaceful lake.

  2. Photo By: Julie Brown Patton

    Faust County Park

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    Faust Park:  Popular venue for engagement/wedding and graduation rustic photos; barn backdrop, foliage, trees, flowers, lake fountain, bridge, Butterfly House, historic village and playground.

  3. Photo By: Chelsea Zoe Phillips

    Castlewood State Park

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    Castlewood State Park:  1,800 acres of land along the Meramec River is known for trails as well as pristine views from atop white limestone bluffs. 

  4. Photo By: Wikipedia

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    Old Stone Church/Old Bonhomme Church:  Built in 1841; renovated and can be used for special events, such as weddings, or visited for special tours. 

  5. Photo By: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

    Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

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    Columbia Bottom Conservation Area:  No list would be complete without this golden state park as a backdrop for autumn; family-friendly and dogs allowed on leashes.

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    Daniel Boone Home National Historic Site

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    Historic Daniel Boone Home:  A village of a dozen buildings from the 1800s is on-hand, including Old Peace Chapel; this is a national historic site.

  7. Photo By: Julie Brown Patton

    Shaw Nature Reserve

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    Shaw Nature Reserve:  2,400 acres of restored Ozark habitat, 17 miles of hiking trails, so much for natural photo backdrops; division of Missouri Botanical Garden.

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    Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis:   What screams St. Louis more than using the Arch, Cinder House terrace, city and illuminated skies as a backdrop?

  9. St. Louis Union Station

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    Aloe Plaza: Part of St. Louis Gateway Mall; fountain represents coming together of Mississippi/Missouri Rivers alongside 17 mythical creatures standing for tributaries.

  10. Grand Center

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    Grand Center Arts District:  Cultural hub of St. Louis region and landmark destination; eclectic, engaging venues and buildings line the streets along with street art.

  11. Photo By: Kristi Foster

    Defiance Ridge Vineyards

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    There are so many great backgrounds to use for photos at the various wineries in St. Charles County, including Defiance Ridge Vineyards.

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    Historic Main Street

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    Historic Main Street-Saint Charles is one of the most picturesque places in St. Charles County to take wedding, prom, or family photos.

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    Broemmelsiek Park

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    Broemmelsiek Park is one of the many St. Charles County Parks that provide a great backdrop for family photos.

  14. Photo By: Janet Watkins

    Frontier Park

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    There are so many options for great photos at Frontier Park, along the Missouri River, in St. Charles. 

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    City Centre Park

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    The beautifully-landscaped City Centre Park in St. Peters, with a lake, waterfall and gazebo, is a popular photo spot for prom night and senior pictures.

  16. Missouri Botanical Garden

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    79 acres of beautiful flowers and landscape offer the perfect place for photos of family and friends at Missouri Botanical Garden.