A Guide to Photography Locations in Appleton, WI and the Fox Valley.

Living in the valley, there are no shortage of beautiful locations for your next family photoshoot. We are so lucky to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes. But with so many choices and possibilities, it can feel overwhelming to make a choice. I know because I am the queen of indecisiveness!

Let me help you think in and outside of the box for your next photography shoot.

Probably the first place we think of when are looking for a place to take photos is a park. These are great options because they’re public, open all the time, and are beautiful. While a beautiful backdrop is great, keep in mind photographers can make small spaces feel big and beautiful too. I’m the biggest fan of including connection in my photos, so to me that matters more than the location. But, I digress. You are here for advice!

Let’s break down the big location decision based on a few criteria. First, decide either indoor or outdoor. Indoor photos are great for lifestyle photography, like newborn or in-home family sessions. They are also perfect for those spring sessions when the weather isn’t quite warm enough yet or the flowers haven’t bloomed outside. Also, think about places that are meaningful to you are your family. Thinking outside the box not only leads to unique photos, but it’s just more fun!

Indoor Locations

  • A greenhouse – Great for spring photos.
  • A libraryKaukauna Library has lots of big windows/natural light and it’s a beautiful building for both indoor and outdoor photos.
  • A coffee shop – They tend to have big windows for natural light and there’s coffee!!!
  • Your house – My favorite location for families because it helps tell your story at this season of your life and kids are most comfortable to be themselves in their own home.

If outdoor photos are more your style, consider either nature or city options. It also helps to plan an activity you could do with your family during your photos. Activities don’t have to be something extraordinary. Think of taking a nature walk, apple picking, or visiting the Children’s Farm. This better engages you with your kids and tells a story. Below are some of my favorite options for outdoor locations near Appleton, WI.

Outdoor Locations


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Scheig Center Gardens at Memorial Park, Appleton, WI
Check out more of Emily’s maternity session here.
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Plamann Park, Appleton, WI (Children’s Farm and trails)
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Bruce B. Purdy Nature Preserve, Appleton, WI
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Heesakker Park, Little Chute, WI
  • 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna, WI
  • High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, WI
  • Doty Park, Neenah, WI
  • Riverside Park, Neenah, WI
  • Smith Park, Menasha, WI
  • City Park, Appleton, WI
  • Sunset Park, Kimberly, WI
  • Lutz Park, Appleton, WI
  • Newberry Trail, Appleton, WI
  • Check out this post for a great list of family-friendly trails from Go Valley Kids.


  • Downtown Appleton (murals)
  • Downtown Kaukauna (small park close by with flowers, large mural)
  • Downtown Neenah
  • Grignon Mansion, Kaukauna, WI
  • Lawerence University, Appleton, WI

These make my list for the best photography locations in Appleton, WI but ultimately the connection between you and your family is what’s most important.