As a mom to three kids, I know how momentous capturing those family photos are. When I look back on my own family photos, I truly realize how very important it was to capture those fleeting moments. Looking back on the day, I remember how crazy it was getting my little family of five all ready for our photos. However, even through the tears of the girls getting their hair curled and my little boy getting a bow tie on, I laugh and am so very thankful I pushed through and made the photos happen.
The photographer you choose is very important to how your session goes. Having someone who knows how to interact with your kids is a key indicator to the types of photos your family will get.
The right photographer will also suggest amazing places to capture your family photos – ensuring that the location captures the essence of your family that’s real.
Here are a few of my favorite places that I’ve captured photos that are real, authentic and natural for other families that I’ve had the honor of taking. Obviously, the number one place that I did not mention is somewhere that is IMPORTANT to your family (like your home).
Loose Park in Kansas City
This is where you can get a multitude of backdrops in one single location. Yes, you’ll see other families taking photos probably at the same time. But each of those photos will probably be unique. As you can see from these photos, there is greenery, brick and stone and everything in between. If you are looking for a variety of backdrops, this is your best bet. But, beware, bring your walking shoes and photo shoes! Pro tip: If you do family photos in the spring, plan on your photos when the cherry blossoms are starting to bloom. You have about a two week window for these beautiful photos.
James A Reed
This is another nature conservatory that has awesome greenery and an old red barn as well!
Shawnee Mission Park
This photo was taken by Laura Morsman Photography of my own little family. She suggested this little nook off of the lake, and boy was it worth it! It had pretty greenery.
There is also a creek bed that you can get to with older kids for amazing photos!
This is located next to the antique shops in Greenwood, Missouri. It is definitely a hike to get to the barns. If you have outdoor allergies, this might not be the best place for you. If you can make it, you can get some gorgeous photos here.
Black Hoof Park and Lake Lenexa
This is a great place for photos with all the greenery and woods. However, if your kids get distracted with having a playground near by, this might not be for you! If you can get them to wait by resorting to bribery, this might be the perfect location!
Kansas City River Market
The Kansas City River Market provides an urban feel if your family is looking for something different. There is a bridge that a lot of bikers and runners use that goes towards the water. I would definitely check it out if you love these bridge photos!
Urban Photo Locations in Kansas City
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
I love the Nelson Atkins landscape – it is very well manicured. I LOVE the tree line especially during the fall when they start changing colors!
The stone pathway on either side of the museum is gorgeous. Protip: Walk around the front and back for scenery. The side of the museum has amazing filtered light!
I’ve seen some other photographers take their clients to the Crossroads. While I haven’t been myself, I know its an amazing space for urban backdrops. Most of my clients have little kids, so I fear them running in the streets!
Small Town Feel in Nearby Kansas City Communities
Downtown Lee’s Summit
Any downtown area would be perfect for photos if you want the city feel.
This area has a cute little train track that can be set up as a backdrop (in a safe area).
The fun downtown stores are a great place for a backdrop too!
Downtown Kansas City
Those buildings. That skyline. Enough said.
Beautiful Architecture in Kansas City
Unity Village in Lee’s Summit is a hidden gem. There are lots of weddings that go on here. However, Unity Village has some gorgeous architecture that reminds me of the plaza but in a more confined space. This backdrop is absolutely gorgeous.
Kansas City Plaza
This is a great place to take photos!
Ironwoods Lodge in Leawood
This is one of my favorite places to take photos because of the barn and white school house. Enough said!
The tile within some of the buildings are so cute! The skyline is amazing. Below the overlook, there is a cute little greenery area for fun family photos as well. There is also a walkway from that area up to the parking area where you could do some fun walking photos against the stone and greenery.
Prairie Fire Museum
Seriously, this beautiful mosaic speaks for itself. I haven’t done any family sessions here, but I would LOVE to! I’ve done tons of engagement sessions. It would be just a fun place to have that urban feel if your family personality fits it!
If you can afford to pay their hourly rate, this would be an awesome place to take photos in the early spring (outside of wedding season).
I did my own family photos here, but it was within their indoor space. Their outdoor space is JUST as gorgeous!
You can do a lot in your home. Just take a look at this photos in my OWN backyard!
This literally was in my backyard.
Depending on your photographer’s angle, you can get amazing shots anywhere!
As I end my roundup, I want to say that the location is one of the MANY facets to having good photos after a session. Photographer, lighting, timing, outfits, smiles, bribery – they all play a tremendous role in the outcome of your session. These are just some of the locations I’ve found to be the best places within Kansas City for family photos.