When thinking about where to have your engagement photos, there are a few things to take into consideration.
- Mood & Feeling you want
- Time of year
- How personalized you want your shoot to be
My primary focus is connection and genuine emotion. The best way to achieve this, is to make sure that we are somewhere that is important or relevant to you and where you will feel comfortable.
Time of Year
Would you like to have images taken during the same season as your wedding? Opposite season? Do you plan to use images for a save the date? <--- They usually go out 8-12 months before the wedding.
Winter - Snow can make your shoot super pretty - especially if it's actually snowing during the session. Having evergreen trees with snow on them in the background would be pretty, and bring out that 'winter feel'
Spring - Warmer weather, flowers blooming, pastel colors. City parks with gardens, and flowering trees are great spots to show off this season.
Summer - Beach sessions, sun dresses, warm weather. The lakefront at sunset is a great place for those summer engagement sessions! Open fields at sunset/golden hour also make for dreamy summer photos.
Fall - Most popular (so book ahead!) , gorgeous sunsets, colorful foliage. Wooded parks & forest preserves to show off the fall colors. Anywhere that might have wall ivy (as it turns red in fall).
Some ideas on ways to personalize using locations. We can do photos where you....
- first met
- had your first date
- got engaged
- love going for date night
We can even start in your home! Which is a great way to include pets in your shoot.
- Milwaukee Art Museum for architecture & landmark significance
- Retzer Nature Center, Urban Ecology Center, Grant Park or other Nature Preserve
- Historic Third Ward for that urban look with cream city brick, the river walk, nostalgic lamp posts, brew pubs & the Milwaukee Public Market
The city of Milwaukee requires a permit for photography in any of the city parks, and admission prices need to be paid for places like the Domes. To have a shoot inside the Milwaukee Art Museum, you must contact them ahead of time & secure the necessary permits.
- Downtown for a wide variety of brick walls, painted walls, pubs and coffee shops
- Kenosha Public Museum (indoor option during adverse weather) - outdoors, there is a fountain water feature, walk ways lined with trees and it's a short walk from Kenosha's lakefront where you can get the iconic lighthouse in your photos
- Southport Beach House - great for a variety of options. A short walk to the Kenosha Sand Dunes, get the lake, rocks, beach & an urban feel with the beach house itself
- Parks - Petrifying Springs Park, Lincoln Park and Hawthorn Hallow (permit required) are some of my favorites