Location Ideas

I am so excited to work with you on your custom portrait experience.  Here are some of my favorite locations to get you started.  Of course, I'm open to suggestions as well!

West Loop

Features

  • Murals and bright colors
  • Brick walls
  • Urban vibe
  • Under the L
  • "Barn" doors

Best Time to Go

  • Early morning or early evening

Things to Know

  • There is nowhere to sit, so may not be suitable for non-walkers

Lurie Gardens and Millennium Park

Features

  • Pretty gardens
  • Skyline views
  • Semi-urban vibe
  • Distinctly Chicago

Best Time to Go

  • Early evening, or shortly after dawn

Things to Know

  • It can be very busy with tourists
  • Parking is challenging (I usually take the L or a cab)

Milton Lee Olive Park

Features

  • Amazing skyline view
  • View of Navy Pier ferris wheel
  • "Tunnel of trees" pathway
  • Views of Lake Michigan

Best Time to Go

  • Evening, approximately 1 hour before sunset

Things to Know

  • Can be busy
  • Garage parking only, sometimes with a short walk

Montrose Harbor

Features

  • Overgrown fields of flowers with natural paths
  • Beautiful sunsets
  • Lakefront access with more urban vibe
  • Distant view of the skyline
  • Beachy areas

Best Time to Go

  • Early evening

Things to Know

  • No dogs allowed
  • Can be a little buggy in summer months

Garfield Park Conservatory

Features

  • Pretty gardens
  • Indoors (can be used rain or shine or snow!)

Best Time to Go

  • At opening, 9:00am

Things to Know

  • Additional permit fee ($75)

Gomper’s Park

Features

  • Beautiful park setting
  • Bridges and paths
  • Lagoon and pond (with willow tree!)

Best Time to Go

  • Early evening

Things to Know

  • Ample parking

Kinzie Street Bridge

Features

  • Urban
  • Chicago river views
  • Bridges
  • Brick and ivy walls

Best Time to Go

  • Early morning, as soon after sunrise as possible

Things to Know

  • Paid street parking

Lincoln Park South Pond & North Ave Beach

Features

  • Honeycomb sculpture
  • Boardwalk
  • Gardens

Optional: Walk to North Avenue beach for skyline photos!

Best Time to Go

  • Early evening

Things to Know

  • Very busy location
  • The walk to North Avenue beach is long (approximately 15-20 minutes), so if we add that on please bring walking shoes and strollers

Lincoln Park North Pond & Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Can use either the north pond area, the Alfred Caldwell Lily pool area, or both!

Features

  • Overgrown gardens near nature museum
  • North pond boardwalk
  • Hidden paths
  • Rock formations
  • Lily pond

Best Time to Go

  • Early evening

Things to Know

  • Limited free parking or paid parking in the zoo lot

The Loft

The loft is a gorgeous studio space in Pilsen.  Well-loved hardwood floors, reclaimed wood wall, gorgeous natural light...it's a favorite location, especially on days when the weather is not optimal (muggy summer, cold Chicago winters).  We also have the option to go outdoors and explore the awesome, unique, urban neighborhood of Pilsen if weather permits.

Best Time to Go

  • Usually morning, beginning at 9:30am, is perfect

Things to Know

  • Ample street parking
  • Additional fee of $65 for a standard session

Your Home & Around Your Neighborhood

There is something very special about having your portrait taken in your home and your neighborhood.  Sessions that take place in your home give your children something tangible to remember, even when you have moved to a new home, new state, new country.  Even if you don't believe your home is worthy of a Better Living catalog, or your neighborhood is not perfectly manicured, there is still so much beauty to be found.

The best time for photographs depends on your particular home, though I generally recommend a morning session.

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