Best Places for Spring Pictures

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Best Places for Spring Pictures

Ahhh, the warmth of the sun during the day and the crispness of the night (and let’s not forget about the blooms), makes Spring my most favorite time of year for pictures.  During the Spring, we aren’t fighting mosquitos OR the humidity.  The days are longer, and there is just a sense of renewal.  Whether you are taking graduation pictures, pictures with mom for Mother’s Day or family pictures,  Chicago and the western suburbs of Chicago offer so much beauty and fun during the spring and summer months.  Here are some of my favorite locations in the Spring to do ANY type of session.  

Lilacia Park, Lombard

The tulips and lilacs are incredible the last week of April and first two weeks of May.  And the VARIETY!  Did you know tulips actually come in black?!?  And despite how busy this park can get, you can usually find a little corner of the park to enjoy to yourself.  With that being said, I like to schedule sessions there EARLY in the day so we can enjoy ALL the corners without having to worry about tons of people in the background. 

Mom in pink dress and jean jacket holding her baby girl in same colors while at Lilacia Park in Lombard, IL

Mom holding her smiling son in front of a yellow bed of tulips at Lilacia Park in Lombard, IL

Cantigny Park, Wheaton

I mean, what’s there NOT to love about this place?  A big beautiful mansion with beautiful gardens, a grand staircase, gorgeous gardens, a stream and a war museum with real tanks for the kids to climb and play on.

Family of four walking thru a row of trees at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL

Mom and Son sitting in front of the red tulips at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL

Hurley Gardens, Wheaton

This place is a hidden gem right in the middle of a neighborhood.  It’s perfect any time of year, but I love the magnolia trees in the Spring.

Girls in pretty dresses jumping up and down with an attitude at Hurley Gardens in Wheaton, IL

Girls in pretty dresses sitting on stairs and showing attitude at Hurley Gardens in Wheaton, IL

Naperville Riverwalk, Naperville

Pretty Bridges, the river and park-like setting.  Lots of different backdrops and ambiance we can get from a Riverwalk session.

Group of people standing on a platform next to the river in Downtown Naperville, IL

Couple looking at each other and smiling while standing in front of a covered bridge at the riverwalk in Naperville, IL

Group of Co-workers out for a leadership day on the covered bridge in Downtown Naperville at the riverwalk

Fabyan Forrest Preserve, Geneva

Ivy tunnel, bear caves, the river, an old boat house.  There is a TON to explore here and it’s beautiful any time of year.

Mom hugging her daughter during a family photography session that took place at Fabyan Forrest Preserve in Geneva, IL

Little girl in beautiful pink dress twirling under a canopy of ivy at Fabyan Forrest Preserve in Geneva, IL

Downtown Chicago

Even though my clients typically prefer to stay close to home; I always LOVE when my client wants to take their session downtown.  There is so much life and culture in the city and that energy just radiates in the pictures from downtown sessions.

Graduate looking out onto the river while smiling in downtown Chicago

girl in pretty dress jumping up in front of the BEAN in downtown Chicago

Graduate jumping up in the air in with the city of Chicago skyline as her backdrop

Girl in pretty butterfly dress twirling in front of a colorful butterfly mural in Chicago, IL


Yep.  I said it!  Carnivals you guys!  I love doing “out of the box” sessions and I’m always looking for unique ideas.  This is one not many people think about but are so incredibly fun!  All the bright colors, the food (cotton candy, elephant ears, huge lollipops) the games…ahhh!  I love these sessions!

Mom and son sitting in front of ballon dart game at a spring carnival

Mom and son sharing a lemonade with the Ferris wheel in the background at a carnival in the spring

These are MY favorite locations in Spring, but I’m always adding to my list!  Have I missed any?!?

Kim Novella is a lifestyle family photographer based in the Western suburbs of Chicago.  She services Naperville, Warrenville, Wheaton, Oakbrook, Lombard, Downers Grove and surrounding areas.



















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