The Center – While this farm isn’t new it is definitely a hidden gem in the south suburbs. On one side of the property you will find a cute little chapel, log cabins and beautiful woods. The farm, located across the street, is only open on the weekends during the season.(12700 Southwest Hwy, Palos Park, IL 60464) *farm admission required
Local Farmers Market – It’s important to shop local and organic. Try your local farmers markets for some casual candid shots of your family. If you go in the early morning you can guarantee some great natural light!
Chicago Botanic Garden – Never a disappointment, the botanical gardens provides a beautiful back drop 365 days a year! (1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022) *permit required
Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center – A close drive from the city, this farm offers a full day of fall fun. The camel ride was a hit in our home! (40 W Higgins Rd, South Barrington, IL 60010) *admission required
Build a campfire with your family an hour before dusk. Bring along s’more fixin’s and actually enjoy family photos!
Creating a festive hot cocoa stand. It’s perfect for photos of the kids!
While the season is pretty much over, picking apples in an orchard is such a classic and fun activity. Bring along a mid-sized wooden ladder for some interesting poses. A pumpkin patch and wheel barrel are just as classic!
Carving and/or decorating pumpkins is a priceless activity to capture in photos. A kitchen, garage or yard would make the perfect location.
Deep purple pieces that really compliment the changing orange/yellow trees.
Dressing the family in yellow and navy blue. Go casual and pair with jeans or a little dressier with white bottoms! (Bring back up options!)
You can never go wrong dressing the family in a traditional holiday look: deep reds, creams and nice jeans.
If there is time, bring along the Halloween costume and use it as a second look. An extra bonus is to be in a location that fits the costume theme!