Milwaukee Family Photographer | How to Choose the Right Photoshoot Location

grand children and their whole family standing together for a photograph

Are you looking for an amazing location for your next family portraits? As a Milwaukee Family Photographer I’ve had the opportunity to photograph families at many different locations around Southeaster Wisconsin. I do have my favorite spots and I’m actually going to share those with you here!

Choosing the Right Location

What to consider when choosing your location with a Milwaukee Family Photographer

First, it helps to narrow down what type of location you prefer. Do you want water, flowers, buildings, greenery or pines in the background of your photos? Are you an outdoorsy family, do you love being out in the city, or are walks through nature more your thing? What does your home look like? Location location would compliment the style and vibe of your home? These are all questions to ask yourself, and your Milwaukee Family Photographer when discussing the right location for your family photos!

grandparents with their three grandchildren by a lake

As an experience family photographer, I do have my favorite locations. I tend to gravitate towards locations that offer beauty and character. I love photographing in nature as there will be beauty all around

that can add to your timeless family portraits.

My Favorite Locations as a Milwaukee Family Photography


Fox Brook Park | Brookfield, WI

If you haven’t been to Fox Brook Park in Brookfield, you need to go! This location offers so much variety to a family session. Located in Brookfield, WI, this park has a swimming beach located around a man-made beach, a dog swimming area, limitless pond fishing and a great walking path. In fact, one full lap around the lake is just shy of being a one mile loop. The lush bushes and old trees create interesting backgrounds for photographs. I have also discovered a handful of slips through the bushes that take you along the edge of the water that makes for stunning water views for your pictures. Quite often, I’m able to snap candid pictures of your family and children running along the paved path as we venture around the lake to many different locations during the photo session.


Mitchell Park, Brookfield, WI

Just across the street from Fox Brook Park is Mitchell Park in Brookfield, WI. This part is known for its popular dog park and giant sledding hill! They have endless walking trails that take you around the park grounds on paved, dirt and boardwalk style paths. I love photographing maternity sessions at this location. The boardwalk makes for a beautiful and simple background. If you catch the weather on a good day, there is amazing sunlight and beautiful rays of sunshine shining down on the boardwalk that make for really pretty pictures. The bushes and plants are lush and provide a beautiful green background in photos.

Retzer Nature Center | Waukesha, WI

Located in Waukesha, WI, Retzure Nature Center has so much to offer Milwaukee Family Photographers. There are tall pines, lush greenery, wild flowers, and a wooden boardwalk. In fact, I love this location so much I often host fall and winter mini-sessions here. This location is a great choice during that time of year when it isn’t green out anymore as the tall pines are stunning in the background of photos!

two dads tossing their daughters in the air while the family laughs

When selecting your Milwaukee Family Photographer, it’s important that they have the experience to help you select a location for your pictures that matches the overall look and feel you are hoping for. I’d love to be your photographer during this journey!

Looking for more ways to prepare for an upcoming photography session? Check out how to prepare for your newborn photography session!

grand children and their whole family standing together for a photograph

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