This family portrait shoot was at Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary in Schaumburg. This place is a hidden gem in the suburbs of Chicago. Blink, and you’ll miss the entrance, but those lucky enough to make it in will be pleasantly surprised at the vastness of beautiful nature that lies within. They have everything from lakes and ponds, trails and wildlife to a working farm with it’s staff dressed like they are straight out of Little House on the Prairie. If you haven’t gone, I strongly suggest a visit, it’s beautiful! And I won’t even begin to mention the bounty of photo ops I have discovered there, nor will I mention the amount of times I’ve stepped in cow pies while trying to compose the perfect shot….