LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION...
Unsure of where your session should take place? I love to photograph my clients in unique settings (either indoors or outdoors) that provide some shade, nice colors, and interesting backgrounds. (Like THIS!)
But, I know, sometimes finding or using such unique places can be difficult or impractical. No worries! I have several recommended locations for you to consider. Click the location name to view a gallery of example images:
The Crossroads, located in midtown Kansas City, is a great area with urban backgrounds, brick walls, garage doors, graffiti walls, alleyways, etc.
KC's source for incredible art exhibits also boasts a gorgeous and spacious lawn that is great for your photo session. There are tree-lined and stone-paved walking paths, classic architectural backgrounds, modern architectural backgrounds, stairways, and open green space.
A special place in my heart is downtown Lee's Summit. Not only do I consider these my ol' stomping' grounds (go Tigers!), but my first studio was located here, and it's a fantastic place for portraits! It offers some urban backgrounds, brick walls, garage doors, alleyways, stairways, etc. while still maintaining that small-town feel.
My studio is located in the heart of downtown Blue Springs. If you're looking for studio shots, or a mix of studio and outdoor photos, I know just the place for you!
Located on the north side of Blue Springs (about a 5-10 minute drive from my studio), Burr Oaks offers over 1,000 acres of trees, grasslands, wildflowers, mossy boulders, ponds, and walking trails. It's a lovely place in every season.
James A. Reed Wildlife Area, just off 50 Highway in eastern Lee's Summit, boasts over 3,000 acres of trees, fields, ponds, and walking trails. There's also a rustic barn that's pretty cute and some metal row boats that can be rented (or borrowed quickly for free if you're a rebel like me) through the summer months.
Located on Kansas City's upper east side (kidding, of course), this area includes several blocks of old warehouses, brick walls, alleyways, graffiti walls, concrete bridges, and some industrial looks as well. This can be a fairly sketchy area, so the old "safety in numbers" rule is a good one for this area, at least when we're shooting at night.
Unity Village (Additional Fee Required)
Unity Village, nestled snugly between Lee's Summit and Raytown, provides a variety of traditional backgrounds including treed walking paths, classic architecture, stone bridges and buildings, a rose garden, and fountains. Starting in 2018, Unity Village requires a $100 daily permit fee for photography sessions. This fee is the responsibility of the client.