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Best Local Family Photo Locations

Now is the time!

It’s so easy to put off getting your family pictures taken. You may be thinking, “I need to lose 10 pounds first” or, “Charlie’s teeth are missing, let’s wait until they grow in.” Let’s consider for a moment why you (and your family) are perfect right now. Time passes so quickly and someday those 10 pounds or Charlie’s missing teeth won’t matter as much as having this time in your family’s life captured in treasured photos. Before you know it, you’ll have your first-born headed to college and realize you still haven’t ever gotten that family picture. Why wait? Besides, your photographer should be able to find angles that hide those 10 pounds no problem. 

Julie Collins Photography Erin and Girls at Cushing Park in Delafield Weekend Guide things to do with kids

Image captured by Julie Collins Photography at Cushing Park in Delafield, WI.

Planning for family photos

Many people rely on their cell phones to capture the moments. It’s handy, no doubt, but when was the last time you printed any of those images and hung them on your wall so you and your family could enjoy them every day? Hiring a professional to take that off your plate is worth every penny and best of all, mom is in the picture too!

Planning for portraits takes some preparation and you probably have many unanswered questions. What should we wear? Where should we go? Deciding on the best location for your photo session should be one of your first considerations. 

We are lucky to live in such a beautiful area with so many picturesque backdrops within an easy driving distance. How do you pick which one is best? My top five tips for helping you decide which type of location (beach, park, forest, etc.) would be best for your portrait session can be found here. Once you’ve made that decision you’ll find specific locations in Waukesha County below.

This article is guest authored by Julie Collins Photography owner, Julie Collins.  She gives great insight on the best locations for photos in the area. Read her top 5 tips for location picking HERE.


Fox Brook Park, 2925 N Barker Rd., Brookfield

Naga-Waukee Park, 651 Hwy 83, Hartland

Ottawa Park, 36214 County Rd D, Dousman

Cushing Park, 600 North Cushing Park Road, Delafield

Fowler Park, 438 N Oakwood Ave, Oconomowoc

Frame Park, 1240 Frame Park, Waukesha

Greenfield Park, 2028 S 124th St, West Allis

Hart Park, 7300 W Chestnut St, Wauwatosa

Hoyt Park, 1800 N Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa

Jacobus Park, 6501 W. Hillside Ln, Wauwatosa

Nashotah Park, W330 N5113, County Rd C, Nashotah

Nature Hill, 850 Lake Dr, Oconomowoc

Nixon Park, 175 E Park Ave, Hartland

Elmbrook Historical Society (Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum), 1075 Pilgrim Pkwy, Brookfield

Muskego Historical Society (Muskego Settlement Center), W180S8100 Racine Ave, Muskego

Menomonee Falls Historical Society (Old Falls Village), N96W15791 County Line Rd, Menomonee Falls

Naga-Waukee Park, 651 Hwy 83, Hartland

Trimborn Farm*, 8881 W Grange Ave, Greendale

Jacobus Park, 6501 W. Hillside Ln, Wauwatosa

Lapham Peak*, Kettle Moraine State Forest, W329 N846 C, County Rd C, Delafield

Naga-Waukee Park, 651 Hwy 83, Hartland

Minooka Park, 1927 E Sunset Dr, Waukesha

Nashotah Park, W330 N5113, County Rd C, Nashotah

Nature Hill, 850 Lake Dr, Oconomowoc

Holy Hill, 1525 Carmel Road, Hubertus

Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St, Waukesha

Ebert’s Greenhouse, W1795 Fox Rd, Ixonia

Monches Farm*, 5890 Monches Rd, Colgate

Paradise Springs, W374 S8640 Cty Road N, Eagle

*charges a fee
**requires permission

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