Family, Illinois, Spring

Morton Arboretum Photography | Spring Motherhood Photos

May 3, 2021

Hi, I'm Kristen!
I'm a senior portrait, family, and couples' photographer based out of Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. I love sunshine, cacti, chocolate chips, and a great cup of tea - but most of all I love photographing joyful clients. :)
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Redheaded woman smelling a magnolia at a spring motherhood photo shoot

I’m excited to share some beautiful motherhood spring Morton Arboretum photography! The arboretum is about 30 minutes to the west of Oak Park, ~45-60 minutes away from downtown Chicago and is an absolutely stunning location for portraits!

Mother smiling and laughing with her toddler daughter at the Morton Arboretum

I’m in love with these star magnolias! There are some that are pink-tinged and others that are a pure white.

Morton Arboretum Photography – Spring Motherhood Photos

Photo of pink star magnolias with a mother and toddler daughter in the background
Morton Arboretum photography of a redheaded woman in front of some star magnolias

For magnolias, parking lot 5 on the East Loop is where you should head. The Arboretum has a wonderful bloom report, discussing what you can expect to see blossoming each week and where to go.

Redheaded woman kissing her toddler daughter a a motherhood mini photoshoot

These two are the sweetest! Abbie is an amazing photographer herself; you can see her work here! I am so excited to photograph a wedding with her this summer.

Mother and baby daughter at a spring motherhood photoshoot at the Morton Arboretum
Portrait of a woman smiling in front of star magnolias at the Morton Arboretum

I love this sea of flowers! On magnolia hill there are so many beautiful varieties. First, there are pinkish Jane magnolias that actually bloom twice per year! There are also white and pink star magnolias, and even some stunning and relatively rare yellow magnolias. People brought lawn chairs to just sit and relax outside in the sunshine next to the beautiful flowers. Nice!

I was at the Arboretum in late March and it was pretty chilly! This warm spring day was absolutely perfect!

Portrait of a Redheaded woman smiling in front of white star magnolias
Morton Arboretum photography of a 
 redheaded woman holding her baby and smelling a pink star magnolia.

I’m finishing this post off with my favorite photo of the bunch!

One thing you do need to know about the Morton Arboretum is that it requires a permit for a photoshoot – BUT! There is a discounted rate for Arboretum members and this photographer just so happens to be a member!

The Arboretum website states:

If you are holding a special event and renting facilities at The Morton Arboretum, the permit fee is waived.  Purchasing a photo permit serves as timed entry for your entire party and no additional timed tickets are required.

So if you’re looking for a truly magical location for a photoshoot with loads of flowers – and near Oak Park and Chicago – this is a good one!

Kristen Hazelton is an Oak Park, IL (Chicago, IL metro area) and Livermore, CA (San Francisco East Bay Area) senior, family, and engagement photographer. She occasionally photographs in San Diego, CA, Tucson, AZ, and Seattle, WA. You can inquire about your own photoshoot here!

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