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kandell
07-12-2010, 01:31 PM
A list of locations for photo shoots in the Midwest, organized by state. If you live in one of the states below ((listed alphabetically)) post the state, city, and title or address of the location with a brief ((1 to 2 sentences)) description of the location. As locations are added, I'll add them to this post so things are organized nicely for everyone ^^

Illinois-
Millennium Park Garage- Chicago.
A cool urban setting with ambient lighting and graffiti. Careful though, there's security guards inside the garage that you'll have to dodge after a certain point, not to mention dodging the cars themselves.

Fourth Presbyterian Church- Chicago.
Located on the Magnificent Mile, just a little ways away from another nice bit of architecture, the Water Towers. Highly recommend asking permission before photoshoots. There are almost always some people in the church be as quiet as possible when photographing.

The Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing (connector bridge)- Chicago.
This location in specific is the elevator/escalator to the skybridge that connects the AIC to Millennium Park, and it has this cool clean, white futuristic feel that the entire Modern Wing has. Also, you'll get a lot less weird looks here, since it's SAIC. Fair warning: You'll be dodging groups of visitors and occasionally the Board of Directors (their meeting room is connected to this structure on the third floor), and you can't go too late or it'll be closed (check museum times on the AIC website).

Indiana-

Iowa-

Kansas-

Michigan-
Downtown Ann Arbor
Downtown Birmingham
Downtown Detroit
Cathedrals in Detroit and Bloomfield Hills, there's a lot up here.

Minnesota-
Park- Edina, near the Blick Art Store

Como Park Conservatory- Saint Paul.
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103

Roseville Central Park- Roseville.
2525 Dale Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113

Missouri-
The City Museum - a giant picturesque jungle gym with themed areas including caves, a huge whale, an architecture museum that includes Victorian and Egyptian sections, and castle turrets. Photoshoots are best done during weekdays when it's less crowded, and it costs $10-$14 to get in.

Nebraska-
Joslyn Castle- Omaha.
An old stone mansion near the Joslyn Art Museum in Downtown Omaha.

Henry Doorly Zoo- Omaha.
Large zoo with aquarium, indoor rainforest and indoor desert.

Omaha Public Power District Arboretum- Omaha.
4302 Jones Plaza (108th and Blondo)
Omaha, NE 68105

Chalco Hills Arboretum- Omaha.

Papio-Missouri River NRD- Omaha.
8901 S. 154th St.
Omaha, NE 68138-3621

Metropolitan Community College Arboretum- Omaha.
30th and Fort Streets
Omaha, NE 68103

North Dakota-

Ohio-
Hocking Hills and Old Man's Cave - near Athens, OH - http://www.hockinghills.com/
Beautiful caves and hiking paths, pretty waterfalls. Good walking shoes recommended!

Ohio Statehouse - Columbus, OH - http://www.ohiochannel.org/your_stat..._operation.cfm
Great location with grand columns and sweeping staircases. Best to shoot on Saturdays and Sundays - the offices are closed, and there are very few people around. No permit needed as long as you are not shooting professionally.

Whetstone Park of Roses - 3901 N High ST, Clintonville, OH (suburb of Columbus) -
13 acres of gardens, full of flowers from spring to fall. Public park, very popular with wedding parties!

Oklahoma-

South Dakota-

Texas-

Wisconsin-
Milwaukee- mansion turned garden/art museum called Villa Terrace- http://www.villaterracemuseum.org/

ByeByeBeautiful
07-12-2010, 04:26 PM
Ohio

Hocking Hills and Old Man's Cave - near Athens, OH - http://www.hockinghills.com/
Beautiful caves and hiking paths, pretty waterfalls. Good walking shoes recommended!

Ohio Statehouse - Columbus, OH - http://www.ohiochannel.org/your_state/ohio_statehouse/information/about_the_statehouse/hours_of_operation.cfm
Great location with grand columns and sweeping staircases. Best to shoot on Saturdays and Sundays - the offices are closed, and there are very few people around. No permit needed as long as you are not shooting professionally.

Whetstone Park of Roses - 3901 N High ST, Clintonville, OH (suburb of Columbus) -
13 acres of gardens, full of flowers from spring to fall. Public park, very popular with wedding parties!

iamawesome
07-14-2010, 10:37 AM
In MN I love to go to this park in Edina. Forgot the name but it's right by Blick the art store.

Kitsoru
07-14-2010, 09:00 PM
Illinois- Chicago

I live right in downtown, and here are three locations I've shot:
-Millennium Park Garage (http://www.cosplay.com/shoot/169996/)- A cool urban setting, I shot this from dusk to night. Careful though, there's security guards inside the garage that you'll have to dodge after a certain point :P Not to mention dodging the cars themselves... It has some pretty cool ambient lighting, though, and there's usually graffiti on the walls. Not sure if there's an office there where you can ask to shoot, but considering the School of the Art Institute is right next door (my school, lol), they're probably used to having to chase out photography students anyway.

-Fourth Presbyterian Church (http://www.cosplay.com/gallery/174801/)- Located on the Magnificent Mile, just a little ways away from another nice bit of architecture, the Water Towers. One of the most gorgeous churches I've ever been in. Shot this in the dead of December, in a snowstorm. I asked permission from the church office before shooting, which I would highly recommend. There are almost always some people in the church (usually homeless) so I was as quiet as possible when photographing and tried to keep us off to the sides where we wouldn't disturb anyone. Obviously, this would make it rather difficult to set up any equipment there, at least inside. Outside you might be able to have someone holding up equipment, maybe.

-The Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing (connector bridge) (http://www.cosplay.com/shoot/174792/)- My school, so I didn't really have to ask permission :toothy: This location in specific is the elevator/escalator to the skybridge that connects the AIC to Millennium Park, and it has this cool clean, white futuristic feel that the entire Modern Wing has. Also, you'll get a lot less weird looks here, since it's SAIC (man, no one can tell me my cosplay is weird when you've seen some of the shit at that school that I have...) Fair warning: You'll be dodging groups of visitors and occassionally the Board of Directors (their meeting room is connected to this structure on the third floor), and you can't go too late or it'll be closed (check museum times on the AIC website), but other than that you should be fine.


I'll add more as I find them. :toothy: Millennium Park can be really nice to shoot in for the gardens and fountains, you just want to stay away from the touristy areas of it like the Bean (Cloudgate) and the skating rink/LCD screen fountains. I use it a lot because it's convenient for me since my school is right there. Also of interest for photographers, just about 5 blocks or so down Michigan going South you'll find the Roosevelt University's Museum of Contemporary Photography.

UviB
07-16-2010, 02:35 PM
Kandell, if I might add to Nebraska...
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Omaha Public Power District Arboretum
4302 Jones Plaza (108th and Blondo)
Omaha, NE 68105

Chalco Hills Arboretum
Papio-Missouri River NRD
8901 S. 154th St.
Omaha, NE 68138-3621

[URL="http://science.mccneb.edu/horticulture/"] (http://www.bigmuddyworkshop.com/oppdpg.html)Metropolitan Community College Arboretum
30th and Fort Streets
Omaha, NE 68103

songbirdblues
07-16-2010, 04:26 PM
Minnesota locations:

Como Park Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103

Roseville Central Park
2525 Dale Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113

Yumikire
08-23-2010, 06:18 PM
Wisconsin

In Milwaukee there is a beautiful mansion turned garden/art museum called Villa Terrace! It's absolutely beautiful!

http://www.villaterracemuseum.org/

Check it out!!!!

supergeekgirl
09-16-2010, 04:58 PM
Here's a Missouri one for you, great for Ghostbusters, steampunk, mermaids, and any number of anime and video cosplays: http://citymuseum.org/home.asp

They're photoshoot friendly even though it does cost money to get in.

The City Museum - a giant picturesque jungle gym with themed areas including caves, a huge whale, an architecture museum that includes Victorian and Egyptian sections, and castle turrets. Photoshoots are best done during weekdays when it's less crowded, and it costs $10-$14 to get in.

lunaladyoflight
09-17-2010, 08:31 PM
Michigan: Downtown Ann Arbor, Downtown Birmingham, Downtown Detroit, Cathedrals in Detroit and Bloomfield Hills, there's a lot up here.

Misarylane
10-03-2010, 04:01 PM
Ohio



Whetstone Park of Roses - 3901 N High ST, Clintonville, OH (suburb of Columbus) -
13 acres of gardens, full of flowers from spring to fall. Public park, very popular with wedding parties!

I live in that area :] It's very great and if u walk around you can find the awesome creek/ also perfect for nature shots :D :heart:

rinya
11-02-2010, 09:51 PM
Missouri:

Laumeier Sculpture Park, Sunset Hills: Gorgeous park filled with a variety of modern sculptures, some of which you can climb on, which would make for some interesting photos. There are also wooded areas and sculptures tucked away from the main complex. And it's completely free.

supergeekgirl
11-05-2010, 03:12 PM
Missouri:

Laumeier Sculpture Park, Sunset Hills: Gorgeous park filled with a variety of modern sculptures, some of which you can climb on, which would make for some interesting photos. There are also wooded areas and sculptures tucked away from the main complex. And it's completely free.

I LOVE Laumeier. We've done our share of shoots there.
Before I knew how to spell it: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2453850/
And they have this cool place that looks very Japanese with a bunch of wooden structures: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2414564/

Also, Creve Couer Park up north of St. Louis for anyone who needs a jungle. The place is crawling with huge vines that you can climb way up into the trees. It looks very much like Tselinoyarsk, the "jungle" in southern Russia that was created for Metal Gear Solid 3. We're doing our second MGS shoot there this weekend. Love that place.
Here are some pictures taken there: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2683760/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2683761/

rinya
11-05-2010, 05:56 PM
I've been wanting to go to Laumeier for the longest time. I just never seem to make it down there.

KiaraetheLight
11-08-2010, 12:15 AM
Iowa

I live right by the river and some train tracks in dubuque so we've taken to taking photos there when we can. The river walk makes for some interesting settings with the gazebos and everything.

Eagle point park here is huge and gorgeous for out door pictures. Play grounds for silliness sports areas, and lots of areas high over the river along with other parkish outdoor settings.

Theres a pretty torn down area down by the bridges across the river which can be pretty cool for shoots.

nannyogg
11-08-2010, 07:20 PM
I live out in the middle of nowhere in southeast Kansas, and my favorite place to take my kids for photo shoots is a site called Kalida, which is just outside the town of Yates Center, off of Hwy 54. There used to be a city there in the 1800s, but all that's left are the gates (made of stone) and a cave with a limestone "castle" built around the front. You can access the gate area without needing to ask; if you want to do photos in front of the castle, you have to ask the people who own the property (their house is right by). It's a historic site, so they're used to occasional visitors. It's especially lovely in the spring, as there's a fence that gets covered with honeysuckle and little roses. There's also wide open wheat fields across from it in the summer.

The town of Yates Center has some great sandstone brick buildings that make a good backdrop for photos; you might get some curious stares or questions, but people are pretty friendly.

Naiiki
11-09-2010, 11:23 AM
Michigan

Cranbrook Gardens - Amazing during the warmer seasons. It has gardens, forest-y areas, and beautiful architecture. It's in the Metro Detroit area, off of Woodward.

Stoney Creek Metro Parks - Beautiful scenery all times of the year. It has a lake, forests and grassland type areas. You do have to pay to go in, but I think it's worth it.

Atropos
11-09-2010, 11:30 AM
Schedel Gardens, Elmore Ohio

Website: http://www.schedel-gardens.org/

Japanese Botanical Gardens, really amazing!

ByeByeBeautiful
11-10-2010, 12:52 PM
Would just like to point out that Texas is not a Midwest state.

B.O.M.
11-17-2010, 03:19 PM
Here's a few for the DFW area. Almost every city has an extensive park system & have some great places to use in photoshoots. There are many more not listed.

Dallas
Dallas Arboretum http://www.dallasarboretum.org fee
White Rock Lake http://www.dallasparks.org/parks/whiterock.aspx free
Dallas Heritage Village http://www.dallasheritagevillage.org/ fee
West End http://www.dallaswestend.org/ free
Deep Ellum http://ondaweb.com/deep_ellum/ free cool graffiti

Frisco
Texas Sculpture Garden http://www.texassculpturegarden.org/ free

Ft Worth
FW Botanic Gardens http://www.fwbg.org free/fee some is free, but the Japanese Gardens have a fee
Water Gardens free 1502 Commerce, FW, 76102

Irving
Williams Square Plaza http://www.irvingtexas.com/About/Mustangs/WilliamsSquare free a canal, sculptures of horses, etc.

McKinney
Historic downtown, Adriatica (Croatia inspired development), numerous parks & trails

Plano
Downtown free historic downtown
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve free paved & unpaved trails

rinya
12-05-2010, 10:06 AM
Er...Texas is not a Midwest state.

KyleMistry
12-05-2010, 05:24 PM
Indiana has just about all of the city of Gary if you're looking for abandoned and grungy. There's an abandoned church not far from the Metro centre, and you can walk a mile in any direction from there to find some kind of abandoned apartments, factories, buildings, the like.

Chicago's got its share of abandonment as well-- the silos along Damen Ave. most notably. Easily accessible warehouses and the silos themselves, if a bit rickety in some parts.

Kitsoru
12-06-2010, 05:40 PM
Chicago's got its share of abandonment as well-- the silos along Damen Ave. most notably. Easily accessible warehouses and the silos themselves, if a bit rickety in some parts.

Are they very safe in terms of not the architecture but people milling around them? Would there be cops hanging around to chase you out if you went down there?
I don't go down there a lot but I've been thinking of doing a Gundam shoot in a locale like that; so the costumes wouldn't be exceptionally outlandish but I'm still not exactly a big buff guy. XD

KyleMistry
12-06-2010, 06:02 PM
Are they very safe in terms of not the architecture but people milling around them? Would there be cops hanging around to chase you out if you went down there?
I don't go down there a lot but I've been thinking of doing a Gundam shoot in a locale like that; so the costumes wouldn't be exceptionally outlandish but I'm still not exactly a big buff guy. XD

There were two squatters back in August, but they were pretty friendly people. When winter hits there's usually nobody around, and the cops never check in on the place.

Buckshot Billie
12-30-2010, 07:35 AM
There are actually some fantastic spots in Kansas City, MO and the surrounding areas.

For one, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. It's a big, beautiful building with immense stone steps and columns out front. There's a sprawling lawn and a manicured garden, as well as some bizarre installation pieces (Giant Shuttlecocks, anyone?). Inside, there's a well-lit marble atrium and some colourful walls for backdrops. As far as I know, they're just fine with photographers, as long as you aren't photographing near the paintings.

The Country Club Plaza was inspired by Seville Spain, so there are many tile and stucco walls as well as big, majestic fountains. If you're looking for a setting that's not so "Midwesty," this would be a good bet.

A bit south of the Plaza is Loose Park, which has a rose-garden, a lake, and large garden trellises. There are also some kind of interesting statues strewn about, such as two giant armillary spheres. The rose-garden, when in full bloom, is positively gorgeous.

For more urban settings, there are areas such as the West Bottoms and the Crossroads. The West Bottoms is mostly Victorian-through-Depression-era warehouses and train tracks. The Crossroads is like a smaller version of the West Bottoms, but it's mostly art galleries and coffee-houses. There are still some really great photography locations here, though.

Independence, MO (a 15-minute drive from the heart of KC... as well as my hometown), though small, has some kind of interesting locales, photography-wise. Old rusty water towers and dilapidated (but still inhabited, mind you!) Victorian mansions, as well as derelict railroad tracks and depots. The owners of the locations tend to be very nice about photographers on the premises, and some even welcome it.

Addendum to Independence: there is an ENORMOUS Victorian-era mansion called The Vaile Mansion that has been restored and opened for tours. Its lawn has a fountain and gardens, as well as two long rows of trees that work very well for framing subjects in in photographs. Taking pictures outside the mansion tends to be kind of tricky, as it's so big that, after a certain time of day, the main tower completely obscures the sun thus eliminating a light-source. Anywhere else on the grounds must be photographed CAREFULLY so as to avoid rusty pick-up trucks and loudly-painted trailer houses in the background. However, the inside of the mansion is open, but one must purchase tickets (well worth the seven or so dollars!). I haven't asked, but it seems like they'd be open to the presence of photographers. They didn't seem to have an issue with the tourists snapping photos left and right.

Of course, that's not everything. There's a lot more that can be found by pure exploration (how I found most of this).

TL;DR: If Kansas City isn't TOO far a drive, it's got some really great locations.

PS: I'm so sorry for the freaking ESSAY, y'all.

EkoOtsurone
02-16-2011, 06:02 PM
Gooseberry Falls State Park, Jay Cooke State Park, and up by Split Rock Lighthouse, all in Minnesota are beautiful locations.
I have photos of them on my DeviantART (in siggy)
I've also started a thread about MN locations.

Ororo Monroe
08-23-2011, 09:29 AM
In Madison, Wisconsin the Henry Vilas Zoo and the park that surrounds it is nice. They even have a beautifully painted carosel. The only problem is that it is a free zoo and VERY popular. There is also the Arboritum across the lake. Heck, Madison isn't called Madtown for nothing. You could probably walk down state street and noone would blink an eye.

In Iowa there is Motor Mill. It's a town that never really got started. It's on the turkey river near Elkadar and is owned by the Clayton County Conservation Board. It's a beautiful site. The only problem is it could be difficult to find without a map and directions. Elkadar also has this really awesome stone bridge and there old stone jail is now an inn/restuarant.

Indianapolis, Indiana has the Union Station. It been restored and beautifully painted. There are several huge stain glass windows. Parking will be expensive as it is downtown. But Indy has been the home of Gencon for the last few years so the locals have gotten used to us.

ToasterPuppy
08-30-2011, 10:58 PM
Missouri -
-Botanical gardens. They have everything from rose gardens to rock zen gardens. You kind of have to just go there and explore but if your shoot is based around a more natural environment it will most likely have something for you.
Not sure if its open year round or even for photos but they also have a building were they have traditional tea ceremony during the Japanese festival.


I am lucky enough to live on a farm with a pond in the back so I can set up my outdoors photo shoot the extreme but I hope this can help someone

cuddly_kitten
11-17-2011, 08:28 AM
I know this may seem kind of late.....buuutttt:

Missouri:

Japanese Garden (http://sps.k12.mo.us/FieldTrip/JapaneseGarden/garden.htm)

Very beautiful place located in Springfield, Missouri. Has a a small boardwalk (http://modernepicblogdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/stroll-garden-1.jpg) to walk out onto the pond, pond is filled with a variety of fish like the Kohaku fish (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7c/Kohaku.jpg). There is full grown Bamboo, garden is well taken care of, and of course a little Sukiya style tea house.

levelsixtyseven
01-14-2012, 08:38 AM
Michigan-
Downtown Ann Arbor
Downtown Birmingham
Downtown Detroit
Cathedrals in Detroit and Bloomfield Hills, there's a lot up here.


Ann Arbor has a lot of locations not just downtown. If anyone is near AA the college there UofM has a gorgeous picturesque Quad that's not far from downtown. Nice stone walls and looks like Hogwarts. Great location for shoots!

KnightJeran
01-14-2012, 10:54 PM
MICHIGAN
I'd like to make some more specific places in Ann Arbor. It's such a fantastic place. They have graffiti alley (google it!!) which is constantly changing and is a PERFECT location. I'm planning on going there in the summer. As well as some old historical buildings on the University of Michigan campus, as well as ivy covered buildings (great for HP and other things), quaint houses, modern buildings, busy streets, empty streets, empty creepy alleyways. It has a cute little downtown near the campus.

Also, Frankenmuth. It's such a themed town. It feels super German and could be perfect for Hetalia, Princess Tutu, and others. The buildings are so picturesque, and they're meant for pictures since it's a touristy town.

Lupe Garu
08-02-2012, 01:56 AM
For Iowa/Nebraska there is the Pedestrian Bridge the spans the Missouri river connecting Omaha and Council Bluffs. Also the Old Market (Omaha) in general is a great place! (The Old Market Passageway is my favorite spot, there is a gallery there with and AMAZING garden)
In Council Bluffs, Iowa there is the Black Angel, Lake Manawa, Bayliss Park, and possibly the Squirrel Cage Jail.

EvilLittleKiss
10-04-2012, 09:24 PM
Missouri -
-Botanical gardens. They have everything from rose gardens to rock zen gardens. You kind of have to just go there and explore but if your shoot is based around a more natural environment it will most likely have something for you.
Not sure if its open year round or even for photos but they also have a building were they have traditional tea ceremony during the Japanese festival.


I am lucky enough to live on a farm with a pond in the back so I can set up my outdoors photo shoot the extreme but I hope this can help someone

Nope, the tea house is only open during the Japanese festival. And you can't go inside of it anymore, so you could only take pictures outside of it.

EvilLittleKiss
10-04-2012, 09:26 PM
I know this may seem kind of late.....buuutttt:

Missouri:

Japanese Garden (http://sps.k12.mo.us/FieldTrip/JapaneseGarden/garden.htm)

Very beautiful place located in Springfield, Missouri. Has a a small boardwalk (http://modernepicblogdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/stroll-garden-1.jpg) to walk out onto the pond, pond is filled with a variety of fish like the Kohaku fish (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7c/Kohaku.jpg). There is full grown Bamboo, garden is well taken care of, and of course a little Sukiya style tea house.

St. Louis has a very beautiful one too, only the tea house is only open during the Japanese Festival (Labor Day weekend) and you can't go inside of it anymore.

EvilLittleKiss
10-04-2012, 10:09 PM
I don't mean to spam, but here's another post.

Locations near St. Louis, MO:
~Botanical Gardens in St. Louis. Has everything from tropical plants to Victorian gardens to a Japanese one.
~Forest Park. It's bigger than Central Park, and has TONS of beautiful and fun places to take pictures. There's the zoo, the Jewel Box greenhouse, Art Hill, the Art Museum (which was a building from the 1904 World's Fair, so it'd look great for Edwardian/Victorian cosplays) the History museum, lovely park trails, the Science Center/Planetarium, (Good for futuristic/sci-fi cosplays...hell, the Planetarium was one of the main locations in the derpy 2006 sci-fi movie Black Hole.) and all sorts of other wonders. How much are all these? Almost everything in that park is FREE.
~The City Museum. Bring a flashlight for the caves, cosplay repair kit, and first aid kit. If you leave with a few bruises, you had fun.
~The Arch grounds get you a nice view of the Mississippi River.
~Castlewood State Park. Nice riverside beaches, secluded, quiet, and lots of flora.
~Historic St. Charles. Has the nice historic small town feel.
~Laumeier Sculpture Park. You can climb on certain statues, and even the natural woods look like a work of art.

Other MO locations:
~Mermac Caverns. One of the caves rooms used to be a freaking ballroom, so you'd have plenty of room in there for whatever.
~Lake of the Ozarks. It's beautiful.
~Various farms can be really pretty. Just get permission before you step on anyone's land. I think that most farm owners would be flattered that you think their farm is so pretty that you want to take pictures on it!
~St. Genevieve. It's a small city but has a LOVELY historical/small town charm that makes it so pretty.

IL locations:
~Cahokia Mounds. Ancient Native American ruins that look pretty cool.
~Lake Carlisle. Nice lakeside beaches.
~Somewhere on the coast of Lake Michigan and various parks in Chicago. (Last time I went I was in 3rd grade, so I can't remember anything about that city.)
~Various farms. (With permission! Trespassing charges are no fun!)

CautiousAmber
11-23-2012, 11:52 AM
Another Missouri Location:
There's going to be a cosplay photoshoot event happening next summer on June 27 at the Carnahan Memorial Garden in Jefferson City. It's a GORGEOUS location right next to the Governor's Mansion, and has great stone arches and fountains etc.
http://www.facebook.com/events/496104817074886/

Buddycat
03-11-2013, 01:11 PM
I"m surprised no one from Missouri has mentioned the National Museum of Transportation. http://www.transportmuseumassociation.org/ It's a great place for your Steampunk anime character. Check out our "Sartoraeus Chronicles" photo shoot from a few years ago: http://www.costume.org/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=16233

yaybit
09-05-2013, 02:34 AM
In Illinois, try the Anderson Japanese Gardens :D contact them beforehand though, they shouldn't mind hobby photography but if you use their location for commercial purposes, there's a fee.

yaybit
09-05-2013, 02:34 AM
Also the park in Chicago Chinatown is really nice.

Danteisagenius
09-24-2013, 10:42 AM
Michigan- The Traverse City Commons makes a great Gothic/Castle setting.

Ito
09-25-2013, 10:31 AM
Wisconsin:
Milwaukee - The Milwaukee Art Museum is great if you are looking for really a bright white environment and clean lines. I would thinking bringing a cosplay in would be kind of frowned upon, though. Still it makes for some fantastic shots. (example: http://500px.com/photo/28636887)

Milwaukee - The Old Pabst Brewery - Honestly, I haven't played around there nearly as much as I should, but the outside makes for great grungy atmosphere

I have more suggestions for the Waukesha County area of Wisconsin, but I don't know how useful those will be for people here XD

Akahime
09-25-2013, 12:10 PM
Historic Fort Snelling (http://www.historicfortsnelling.org/) in Minnesota is a perfect place to take Attack on Titans photoshoot or anything related to that kind of timeline. :) It's $11 to get in, but if you're a student it's $9. Seriously perfect place. =w=

Funkgun
09-28-2013, 10:23 PM
Wisconsin:
Milwaukee - The Milwaukee Art Museum is great if you are looking for really a bright white environment and clean lines. I would thinking bringing a cosplay in would be kind of frowned upon, though. Still it makes for some fantastic shots. (example: http://500px.com/photo/28636887)

Milwaukee - The Old Pabst Brewery - Honestly, I haven't played around there nearly as much as I should, but the outside makes for great grungy atmosphere

I have more suggestions for the Waukesha County area of Wisconsin, but I don't know how useful those will be for people here XD

Dang, that is pretty sweet looking.

Elsinora
09-29-2013, 12:41 AM
Wisconsin:
Milwaukee - The Milwaukee Art Museum is great if you are looking for really a bright white environment and clean lines. I would thinking bringing a cosplay in would be kind of frowned upon, though. Still it makes for some fantastic shots. (example: http://500px.com/photo/28636887)

Milwaukee - The Old Pabst Brewery - Honestly, I haven't played around there nearly as much as I should, but the outside makes for great grungy atmosphere

I have more suggestions for the Waukesha County area of Wisconsin, but I don't know how useful those will be for people here XD

I'm from the Milwaukee area, so I'd find them useful! ;)

For Wisconsin, I would add the Boerner Botanical Gardens and also Old World Wisconsin, which is a great open air 19th-century life museum with period buildings, farmland, and other cool stuff.

ITNerd2005
10-15-2013, 11:27 PM
Rochester Minnesota here, looking for a group photo!

Kirei_Mirai
04-02-2014, 01:54 PM
I'm also Rochester, MN! Pertaining to the thread, Quarry Hill, in Rochester is a fantastic outdoors area to take pictures.

Tang
04-30-2014, 07:54 AM
For the few of you in Wisconsin, please keep posting locations!
Currently working on a shoot location guide for Wisconsin as a whole accompanied with picture references. Once I have enough I'll be posting it in .pdf format for anybody to use.