It's no secret that, I Love Milwaukee!
Specifically, downtown Milwaukee.
There is something magical about its architecture and the industrial landscape all perfectly blending in with Lake Michigan.
As a photographer, I definitely have my favorite spots. Here are my TOP 6 DOWNTOWN MILWAUKEE locations for wedding, engagement + family photos.
My favorite location in the city, partially because our family used to live in the Third Ward, but also because I love the variety of photos you can get within a short walk. There are the industrial alleys filled with cream city bricks, the Milwaukee River, the renovated historical buildings, the Milwaukee Public Market, bridges, and of course, the Milwaukee Riverwalk. The Third Ward is filled with amazing photo opportunities!
Right next to the Third Ward is the up and coming neighborhood of Walkers Point. The area is getting a full makeover and features some amazing murals, ivy walls, and an adorable pink warehouse. There is also an amazing open field park that overlooks the Menomonee River and the Harley-Davidson Museum. Great for those golden hour photos!
JOAN OF ARC CHAPEL // MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
This spot is a favorite of my Marquette clients, and for good reason. The Joan of Arc Chapel is a 15th century French chapel, which was relocated to Milwaukee from its native home in Lyon, France. It's rustic, beautiful and almost feels like you're photographing in Europe rather than Milwaukee. It also holds a special place in my heart since my husband and I both graduated from Marquette and we took our wedding photos here!
Note, you do need permission from Marquette to photograph at the chapel. A permit is not necessary but Marquette needs to be notified.
Lakefront + Lakeshore State Park
It's no secret that Milwaukee has an amazing lakefront, and the best part is it's accessible! There are a lot of great spots for photos but my favorite for wedding photos are Lakeshore State Park and the lakefront, right between Discovery World and the Art Museum. Both spots offer AMAZING views of the city and the lake!
Note, Lakeshore State Park requires a photography permit. You can obtain a yearly permit here.
This city park is Milwaukee's version of Central Park (it was actually designed by the same landscape architect as Central Park). The park offers great stretches of open, meadow-like spaces, winding wooded paths and bridges, the North Point Lighthouse, and views of Lake Michigan.
Note, you need a permit to photograph at the park. You can get it here.
Italian Renaissance villa in the heart of the city?! It's everything you imagined and more.
Note, the villa is now a museum and you need permission to photograph inside.
Downtown Milwaukee has a lot to offer