Having trouble deciding on where to have your photos taken? There are countless beautiful locations to shoot in the Kansas City area. Are you a fan of the nature scene? Water fountains? City? Personally, I love to be surrounded by nature! Here are a few of my favorite outdoor locations for photoshoots in the area.
Overland Park Arboretum
and Botanical Garden
Note: This location requires a photography fee of $25/hr
and an entrance fee of $3 for adults,
$1 for children ages 6-12, children under 5 are free.
Admission is free for everyone on Tuesdays.
UPDATE: 08/20: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, opening hours have been reduced to 9am-5pm Wed-Mon (not the greatest hours for my preferred outdoor lighting unless it is late fall-winter). They are currently closed on Tuesdays.
Shawnee Mission Park
Shawnee Mission Park has a beautiful hidden creek that is year-round. It also has beautiful fields and trees nearby, making your gallery more diverse in scenery. You can never go wrong with Shawnee Mission Park.
Beautiful open fields and a lake. The blossoms are absolutely beautiful in spring to early summer. However, it remains a favorite once the field turns to a rich gold color in the Fall to Winter months. Combining both the Overland Park Arboretum and then heading to Heritage Park for sunset is my absolute favorite (add an additional 30 minutes and $75 for the Arboretum/Heritage combo).
Burr Oak Woods
Talk about enchanted forest feels... wow! You won't feel like you're in Kansas City with all of these beautiful tall trees. There are also fields nearby in case you'd like to change the scenery mid-way through your session. Burr Oaks has become quite a popular spot, therefore, weeknight sessions are best to avoid the crowds.
UPDATE 08/20: There are many trees that are currently being cut down in this forest. These trees are not native to Missouri, therefore, they are dying. :( The forest, however, is still very beautiful despite branches and debris in the aisles.
Unity Village features a rose garden in summer months and water fountains amongst beautiful European style architecture.
Charles david Hartman
Charles David Hartman Memorial Park is located in Lee's Summit and is a great option for adventurous families who won't mind getting a little wet in the beautiful creek. If you enjoy a little exploration and splashing around, this is the perfect spot for you!
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Service areas include, but is not limited to:
Kansas City | North Kansas City | Parkville | Shawnee | Mission | Overland Park | Leawood | Lenexa | Olathe
Lee’s Summit | Independence | Blue Springs | Liberty