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A Few of My Favorite Chicago Suburb Spring & Summer Portrait Locations
Fabyan Forest Preserve This gorgeous location is in St. Charles and doesn’t require a permit to photograph at! It is by far one of my favorite spring and summer portrait locations because it has the most amazing sunsets, the bugs aren’t horrible despite it being on the river, and it has an amazing garden feel to it with all of the beautiful florals and greenery that pop up in the warmer months.
Veteran Acres (Spring Location) This location in Crystal Lake is best suited for spring sessions (or even fall & winter) due to the mosquitos that take over in the summer time. The sunset peeks through the tall trees and I promise it is nothing short of amazing — it feels like you’re walking through a magical forest.
Peck Farm Park The Peck Farm Park has it all. Located in Geneva, this location has a beautiful old home on the property with an adorable porch. The older home is surrounded by gardens and adorable walkways. This is a great location with minimal bugs in the spring and summer months.
Cantigny Oh, Cantigny. Where do I begin? This location will always hold a special place in my heart as this is where Tony and I had our engagement session. The extensive gardens on the property are breath-taking. There are gorgeous infinity pools in front of the old mansion on the property that make for beautiful backdrops. As you can see the sunsets here are incredible. The grounds are so well taken care of and bugs are extremely minimal here. There is a small permit & parking fee to photograph at Cantigny Park, but it is definitely worth it!
The Hollows Don’t let the name scare you off — this location in Cary has a small, private lake on the property that has this adorable little dock. Look at how the sunset hits it just right in the summer. The Hollows made the list of one of my favorite spring & summer locations in the area because of its sunset views. Although it can get buggy in the summer months, the sunset opportunities here are endless.
Downtown West Dundee or Downtown Crystal Lake The images below are from Downtown West Dundee — there is a beautiful Ivy wall behind my favorite Downtown West Dundee restaurant. I love photographing in Urban areas in the spring & summer months because the bugs are less intense in these areas, meaning you’ll feel more relaxed during your session instead of swatting away mosquitos. Urban locations such as these are a wonderful option for families with little ones as well.
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Tamara Jaros Photography is a family lifestyle photography business located in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Happily serving Crystal Lake, Cary, Barrington, St. Charles, Geneva, Wheaton, Naperville, Lake Forest, Arlington Heights, Huntley, Algonquin, Bull Valley, and more!
Specializing in lifestyle newborn sessions, natural light maternity, family sessions, and branding photography for small businesses.