Places Series: St. Louis MO

April 4, 2013

We are starting a series of articles that will feature various places both local and around the world. To kick off the series, our hometown, St. Louis MO.

12 Favorite Places to Shoot in St. Louis By: the Crestwood store staff (Photos by Rey Garza)

From downtown St. Louis to the city’s surrounding suburbs you are not at a loss for places to take photographs. We have made a list of some of our favorites, a few you may have visited and some you may not have.

There are many parks and picturesque nature areas in and around the city. (1) Castlewood State Park in Ballwin has bluffs, a river trail, open fields and eight hiking/biking trails, and (2) Lone Elk Park has bison and elk, a lake, and is a site for scenic landscapes. At (3) Shaw Nature Reserve, you can take a picnic lunch and eat by the prairie or walk the trails and photograph the birds and wildflowers. The (4) Missouri Botanical Gardens offers indoor and outdoor flower photography and other events throughout the year, including the Japanese Festival, Chinese Culture Days, and Gardenland Express. (5) Faust Park in Chesterfield is home to the Butterfly House, Faust Historic Village with homes and structures dating from 1840 to 1888, the St. Louis Carousel, and a picnic area and outdoor playground.

If you want to capture architecture and city scapes, there are also several places to visit. (6) Laumeier Sculpture Park has modern sculptures, and (7) Downtown St. Charles is home to the Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center, Darius Herald Home, Lewis & Clark Statue and Boat House/Nature Center, Foundry Art Centre, commemorative WWII aircraft, and many other historic buildings. (8) Downtown St. Louis has Kiener Plaza, where you can shoot the Old Courthouse under the Arch; City Gardens with many fountains and sculptures; the Gateway Arch and riverfront views; and the Graffiti Wall. You can get a variety of photos by shooting both during the day and in the evening, especially when the jumping water fountain is lit up with different colors.

Along with the nature and architecture destinations, St. Louis also has places that are fun to photograph the whole family. (9) The City Museum has an outdoor area as well as an indoor museum. There are Enchanted Caves, a Ferris wheel, and MonstroCity with an outdoor playground, ball pit, and interactive sculptures. (10) Eckert’s Orchards & Farms have several fruit orchards in which you can pick your own fruit and participate various kids’ activities throughout the year. (11) Forest Park includes the St. Louis Zoo, Art Hill, the Jewel Box, Government Hill with the World’s Fair Pavilion, the Muny, and the Boathouse with paddle boat rentals. Lastly, (12) Soulard Farmer’s Market is full of macro opportunities of fruit, veggies, and fresh baked goods. The Market also provides a unique background for portraits.

Whether you are from St. Louis or just visiting, these are some of the many interesting areas to discover new photo prospects. Get out this spring and take some photos!

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