Don’t let the hot weather fool you. Soon Old Man Winter will show his ugly head and the first holiday card will appear in your mailbox. So now is the prime time for capturing beautiful outdoor family photos. Whether you use a professional photographer or DIY some snapshots, here are some gorgeous locations for Fall photos in Chicagoland:
In the city
While it might be hard to find trees in full bloom within city limits, these locations are great for showcasing our beautiful city as well as the colors of the Midwest. Just keep in mind that many of these locations (like the Nature Boardwalk, for example) are EXTREMELY popular for Fall photos so be prepared to wait for your turn. But you know what helps waiting? Lollipops. 😉
There are so many gorgeous and free nature centers throughout the Chicagoland suburbs and you can’t go wrong taking photos outside any of them. My personal favorite spot for photos is Little Bear Garden Park because it has a beautiful pergola and hanging benches similar to what you will find at the Chicago Botanic Garden–no permits required!
Bridges combined with fall foliage makes the perfect Fall photo set up. No bridges? No problem. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes that can get a little muddy and hike up and down some trails in order to get the perfect snap.
Fall colors simply not turning or turn too fast? Then don’t overlook another fun Fall photo option–BARNS! There are tons of unique and beautiful barns throughout Chicagoland, from the classic, red barn at Wagner Farm in Glenview to a hidden gem, Fidler Farm Park in Aurora. And if you combine your photos with a trip to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch, life is EVEN EASIER!
Wondering what to wear in your family photos? Here are my tips and tricks, whether you are taking Fall themed photos or smiling for holiday themed photos. And be sure to check out my favorite family photographers in Chicagoland.
Happy Fall, Y’all!
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