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


    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


    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


    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. 

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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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.

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    Defiance Ridge Vineyards


    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


    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


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

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    Frontier Park


    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


    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


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