5 Great Reasons To Do Engagement Photos at The Grand Basin

March 29, 2022

Couple sitting on the stairs in The Grand Basin in Forest Park. He is kissing her on the cheek.

When I’m recommending an engagement session location to couples, I try to suggest locations that have great light and offer a variety of beautiful backgrounds.

I have to admit, The Grand Basin in Forest Park is one of my favorite places for engagement sessions!

1. It has good variety

The immediate vicinity of the Grand Basin has quite a bit of backdrop variety, so you get a number of different location looks during your session. As an added bonus, all of these things are just a short, flat walk away.

collage of engagement photos from various spots at the Grand Basin in Forest Park

2. The light there is beautiful in both the morning and the evening.

Morning or evening, there’s always beautiful light to be found in the area of the Grand Basin. I wouldn’t recommend shooting there mid-day though… It’s so bright (and like, 5-10 degrees hotter) you’ll burn your retinas. And also probably the soles of your feet. But early in the morning or at sunset? It’s one of the prettiest spots in the city.

3. There’s not just one but THREE cool bridges.

Collage of couples standing on a walkway bridges in the Grand Basin area of Forest Park in St Louis, MO

4. There’s a rocky beach area that makes it feel like a completely different place.

You know, like something you’d see on a postcard from Colorado.

Couple standing on a rocky beach in the Grand Basin area of Forest Park.

5. The St. Louis Art Museum and Art Hill in the background with the fountains and the columns is just impressive.

It definitely gives off some European vibes.

Collage of couples standing in front of the Grand Basin in Forest Park with the St. Louis Art Museum in the background.

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