15 Best Portrait & Wedding photography Locations in Kansas and Missouri

May 22, 2020

I’ve photographed so many weddings, engagements, seniors, and family portrait sessions and always keep my eyes open for beautiful scenery and locations in the area! Over the years, I’ve come up with a list of my absolute favorite places to take portraits! I know there are so many other amazing opportunities and beautiful locations out there, but I thought I’d make a list of 15 of the best places to capture portrait & wedding photos in the Kansas City area! Each location is so unique and pretty!

The exact portrait location doesn’t really matter and I try to find the beauty in everything and capture the love or happiness of YOU in the portraits! However, if you are clueless when it comes to location ideas for your upcoming wedding or family portraits, here are a few ideas linked below!

You may find my updated free guide linked HERE 

But to see my FULL EXCLUSIVE location guide – you must be a client of Mariam Saifan Photography. As I love to give the best to my clients! 

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Colorful & Unique Architectural Backgrounds

If you know me, you may know that I studied Architectural Engineering and love having unique architectural backgrounds for portraits! Architecture can be used to make a wedding photo or engagement portraits very bold and elegant. If you have a very colorful wedding or engagement outfit, I’d suggest a sleek architectural background to create unique contrast for a beautiful portrait.  I also love the use of color, which is why I love some of the locations below!


  1. The Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park

Beautiful museum with bright colors!

  1. A Loft Hotel & AMC Headquarters in Leawood

Lots of sleek smooth backgrounds at the headquarters and shops with pretty colors nearby!

  1. Kansas City Historic West Bottoms

Rustic walls painted in different colors, red stairs, beautiful brick backgrounds, and graffiti walls just to name a few!

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  1. Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City

A sleek and modern place for gorgeous wedding or family portraits! Also, so stunning in the Spring and Fall seasons!

  1. Liberty Memorial in Kansas City

Perfect to showcase the Kansas City background and your love!

  1. Kauffman Center of Performing Arts in Kansas City

Great for a bold couple that loves Architecture!

  1. Unity Village in Unity Village Missouri

Spanish Style Architecture with pretty textures and doors!

  1. Crown Center in Kansas City

Unique glass architecture and different opportunities for splashes of color like the Crayola Café!


Beautiful Parks & Natural Backgrounds

  1. Loose Park in Kansas City

One of the most popular parks in the city with spectacular tree colors in the Fall!

  1. Shawnee Mission Park in Lenexa Kansas

For those that love large and gorgeous trees and nature!

  1. Gezer Park in Leawood Kansas

Cute park with fabulous pink trees in the Spring!

  1. Ironwoods Park in Leawood Kansas

Simple park with a red and white barn!


  1. Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park in Overland Park Kansas

Perfect for large family portraits and beautiful at sunset! One of my favorite parks!

  1. Tomahawk Park

Beautiful location for fall or summer family portraits!

  1. Your Home!

If you’re still confused and just want to capture your love or family portraits, your home is the perfect spot! As long as there’s tons of natural light and a clear space, your home would be perfect for a portrait session, especially for newborns!


That concludes the list of my 15 favorite places to photograph weddings or portraits in the Kansas City area!

Which one is your favorite?


To book your portrait or wedding photography, get in touch with me today! Fill out the contact form or email me at Hi@MariamSaifan.com (913.485.5654)


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