Best Chicago area locations

What are some of the best Chicago area locations for your photography session?  The location you select will set the stage for the session and will be an essential piece of every shot, pose and, ultimately, the finished product. Pick a spot that’s special to you, like a spot you love, somewhere you frequent or a place that best represents you and your family.

Some of the Best Chicago area locations are below, keep reading to find yours

Maple Grove Forest Preserve Downers Grove


Ebersold Park Downers Grove


Mayslake Forest Preserve Oak Brook


Oldfield Oaks Forest Preserve Darien

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Greene Valley Forest Preserve Woodridge


Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve Darien


Danada Forest Preserve  Wheaton

St James Farm Forest Preserve Warrenville


Herrick Lake Forest Preserve Wheaton

Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve Naperville


Wilder Park Elmhurst





After you’ve narrowed down the list, it’s important to think about some key logistics:

Is there restrooms at the location?

What is the distance from the parking to the actual shoot location?

Are there places to change outfits, retouch hair and makeup and relax between shots?

Will there be crowds nearby—and, if so, are you comfortable shooting in front of others?

I’ve seen some of the best Chicago area locations for your photography session everywhere from backyards to baseball fields, lakes to open meadows.

I know the area well and can help make recommendations based on your family’s unique needs, personalities and inspirations, as well as time of day of your session.

Check out my children and family photography gallery for more examples of the best Chicago area locations.