I love shooting wedding portraits. I shoot in Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis, with St. Louis as my home base. It’s where the SSP HQ is and definitely the city I know the most intimately. If couples want something romantic, or rustic, contemporary or edgy — I know the perfect places.
The locations chosen for wedding portraiture depends on the style of the couple, but if they’re up for an adventure, there are a few places in St. Louis we can’t pass up.
Lines, Angles and Light
Across from the Old Post Office. That sounds a little vague, but there’s this magnificent, gray building with these architectural angles and lines that draw the eye in a way no other place in St. Louis does. It really is a piece of art. The lines reflect perfectly and the lighting is perfect. Your eyes go straight to the couple. Then, we can walk to St. Charles Street. There’s a block on the street that is so beautiful. It reminds me of an old, Roman street for some reason. Like the gray building, the lighting is perfect. If a client says “take me anywhere,” this is our first stop.
Another place I love to take couples is the great wall (not THAT great wall). Located below the arch grounds, this is a half-mile long wall covered in graffiti. The wall changes constantly as artists paint over it. It’s not the kind of photos you would traditionally think of on the arch grounds in that, well, there’s no arch. The wall is nestled in an industrial part of St. Louis. You can see these huge, majestic buildings that are all idle, dormant and rundown after years of being empty. There’s something so beautiful in a bride and groom, dressed to the nines, in this old, crumbling part of town. It’s so unique and different for couples who want to go that route. I absolutely love shooting wedding photos there.
More Traditional, But Beautiful
Another perfect St. Louis wedding protraiture spot is Forest Park. This one is so, so popular, which is why I sometimes try to steer clear from the park. For a full year, I didn’t go there unless clients insisted, mostly because of the lines. There are so many couples and photographers at the park that it can be difficult and time-consuming to get everything the couple wants in the time we have. That said, if a wedding is on a Friday or the couple has a longer time between the wedding and reception, there is amazing light at Forest Park. It really is a beautiful park with a ton of picturesque spaces. The pavilion at The Muny is beautiful, with creamy tones reflected. There are pagodas, water features, towers and old structures. I love shooting at Forest Park, but because of its popularity, it’s not usually my first choice.
Bonus: On top of Union Station. The view of St. Louis is breathtaking. If you can get there during the golden hour, there is no better photo if St. Louis if your first love.