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Choosing the Perfect Location for Your Next Family Session | Philadelphia's Western Suburbs & Main Line Family Photographer

Updated: Mar 12

So you've booked your family session, but you now need to decide where to take your photos! When choosing a location, it is important to think about not only how you want your photos to look and feel, but also about what kind of experience is right for your family. Maybe it is having endless space to run. Or maybe a creek to explore on a hot day. Or perhaps a flower farm if your dream is being surrounded by a full field in bloom. Either way, you really cannot go wrong - these locations are all beautiful in their own way.



1. Wide Open Fields

If I had to only one setting to take photos, I would have to choose a field. They make such a dreamy background for flowing dresses and running children and the scenery is beautiful every season. Even better, there are so many parks in Phoenixville and the greater Philadelphia area that feature rolling hills and fields with vast views.


maternity session with couple in chester county field at sunset



2. Historic Houses & Sites

We are so lucky to live in an area with so much history! There are so many gorgeous estates with grounds that make stunning backdrops for your photos. There are also so many historic sites that date back to the Revolutionary War. Meshing the old with the new and definitely makes for timeless images.


Springtime family session with young couple and baby in front of a historic stone house in Valley Forge National Historical Park / Chester County Lifestyle Photographer



3. Flower Fields, Farms & Gardens

If you know me, you know that I am absolutely CRAZY about flowers. So any chance to photograph in a field surrounded by them - I am in! From April to October there are so many opportunities to take photos surrounded by what is in bloom, whether it be flower farms with lavender, peonies, or zinnias, fields with seasonal wildflowers, or more formal gardens.


boy in lavender field during summer family session at Warwick Furnace Farm / Chester County Lifestyle Photographer



4. Urban Background

If you live in or are drawn to cities, an urban setting might be more your style. The architecture makes for such dynamic backgrounds. You can even turn your photo session into an experience and take your photos in your favorite ice cream shop, coffee shop, or cafe.





5. Lakeside & Creek

During the warm summer months, why not choose a location where you can cool off while exploring? There are so many lakes within close distance and even creeks if you want more of an immersive play based experience.


family playing on a dock on a lake in New Jersey



6. Old Farm Setting

A location that is perfect for kids who love to run and play! There are so many different buildings to explore and nooks that are so much fun to discover. You can climb on old fences, walk on the stone walls and run through the fields.




Did one of these locations speak to you? Which one will you choose for your next family photo session?

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