Elle Baker Photography

September 8, 2019

Engagement Photos in Mokena, IL | Finding the Perfect Outdoor Location

Engagement Photos in Mokena, IL

Today on the blog we are celebrating this beautiful couple and their engagement! Sending a big congratulations to Tiffany and Kenny! This happy couple traveled all the way from Springfield, Illinois for their engagement session with me. As a couples and engagement photographer in the Chicagoland area, I knew the perfect location for their session. This dreamy meadow and preserve isn’t far from my studio and was the PERFECT backdrop for a gorgeous engagement photos.

The Hickory Creek Preserve has beautiful wild flowers that are in bloom for only short time in September. This spot is tucked away in the beautiful southwest suburb of Mokena. According to the preserve’s website, ‘the preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including lead plant, beechwood sedge, yellow trout lily, prairie gentian and wild senna’. From August through October there are different spots within the preserve that have native flowers in bloom and absolutely love shooting families and engagement photos there.

Couples Photographer

There is something very special about meeting couples, getting to know them and documenting this particular season in their lives.

Tiffany and Kenny were engaged to be married not long ago and were looking for a photographer to capture this beautiful time and I am so happy they reached out. We had a wonderful time during their session, capturing their love and affection for one another the entire time.

Congratulations Tiffany & Kenny! I am so INCREDIBLY happy for you both and cannot wait to celebrate your engagement!

Engagement photos taken in Mokena IL
engagement session at Hickory creek Preserve in Mokena IL
woman smelling yellow wild flowers during engagement session
couple kissing during engagement session
Engagement photos in Mokena IL
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couple walking in a field during engagement photo shoot
couple dancing during a couples session
an engagement session in an outdoor field in Mokena
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couple taking a walk after proposal during engagement photo shoot
detail photo of a woman's engagement ring
man extending his hand out towards woman during engagement photos in Mokena, IL
woman walking towards her fiance during photo shoot
woman wearing long gown holding her fiance's hand during engagement photo shoot
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engagement photos in Mokena IL
portrait of a couple during engagement photos in Mokena IL


You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, find you a lover
Go away somewhere all bright and new
I have seen no other
Who compares with you

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
You belong with your love on your arm
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, go find a lover
Run away, let your heart be your guide
You deserve the deepest of cover

You belong in that home by and by

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Far away from your trouble and worry
You belong somewhere you feel free

You belong somewhere you feel free

~ Tom Petty

Finding the Perfect Outdoor Location!

Are you looking for the perfect outdoor location? Take a look at your local preserves and find the ‘hidden’ spots throughout the location. Bring your friends or significant other and walk the preserve. Observe and take note of the small patches of flowers, hidden paths, and larger trees with foliage. You do not need a large landscape to create a beautiful backdrop for your photos. Explore your angles and make the most out of the patches of flowers and grasses!

My studio is located in Homer Glen and there are a handful of local preserves within a 20 mile radius. My favorite preserves are those with long grasses, established trees, a beautiful meadow area, and seasonal flowers for added color.

I am now scheduling September through November outdoor sessions! I have a handful of dates left and would LOVE to hear from you and schedule your session!

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