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Cozy Indoor Locations for Your Next Photo Session

young sisters explore beautiful greenhouse at rustic wild arrow in brooklyn michigan

In a recent post I discussed some of my favorite outdoor locations for photos around Ann Arbor, but this time I wanted to focus on those cozy places we can turn to in the blustery winter months, or whenever we want a climate controlled setting!

My usual go-to for photos is definitely outdoors. I love nature, I love the beauty of dappled sunlight, I love the fresh air, but there are times when we just cannot be outside. My camera doesn’t like the cold, she slows way down, and neither do I if I’m honest. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll bundle up and grab some hand warmers for my clients, but I would prefer to be inside when the air hurts my face. Or when the sky is crying (aka raining). Below are a few options for indoor locations for your next photo session if you too don’t enjoy it when the air hurts your face and you prefer to stay dry.


toddler boy and girl hold hands and look at each other laughing in front of white wall decorated with red heart balloons at studiostudio in ann arbor michigan

young girl kisses baby sister's hand while cuddling with parents and baby holds copper wired string lights at studiostudio in ann arbor michigan

This space is like Mecca for local photographers! Located next to York on Packard St in Ann Arbor, StudioStudio has all the amenities you need for your next cozy indoor photo session! Great natural lighting, plants, fun furniture, and even a cute kitchen space make this perfect for family photos. There are so many nooks and crannies to take your photos in, it will look like you travelled all over to get that many shots. If you want a diverse set of photos of your family, some editorial photos, or professional pics, let’s book this space for your next session! They even just opened up a new location in downtown Ann Arbor which I have yet to try out, but intend on doing so soon! (Let me know if you want to join me!)

Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory

Black and white image of woman laughing in matthaei botanical gardens conservatory in ann arbor michigan

If you’re looking for the outdoors, but it’s too cold, dreary, or wet, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory is your place! It’s warm, sunny, bright, and full of flowering plants all year long which makes it perfect for anyone who wants the tropical feel, but not the costs of travel. I love this spot for family photos, especially when kids can run free and explore. You never know what cute mischief they’ll get up to in the conservatory! If you’re looking to wear short sleeves during the cold months, let’s book a session here!

Rustic Wild Arrow

young sisters explore beautiful greenhouse at rustic wild arrow in brooklyn michigan

Rustic Wild Arrow is located in Brooklyn, Michigan and although it’s mostly filled with beautiful outdoor spaces, Holly has also set up this most amazing greenhouse that changes with the seasons! It’s 100% one of my favorite spots for photos in good weather or bad. It’s quite the drive from Ann Arbor, but in my opinion it’s totally worth it. I usually run mini sessions at Rustic Wild Arrow, so keep an eye on my mini calendar to book!

Fern and Pine

three young siblings smile at camera with twinkle lights in foreground in greenhouse decorated for christmas at fern and pine in dexter michigan

If you’re into amazing greenhouses, but don’t want to hike all the way out towards Jackson, Fern and Pine in Dexter, Michigan is a beautiful alternative! I was able to rent out the space during the Christmas season and it was wonderful for mini sessions. I love it when my minis aren’t weather dependent, especially when it’s so cold, so this is a great way to get that bright natural light while also staying dry and warm! If you want to book a session here all you have to do is ask!

Belle Isle Conservatory

woman stands in arid cacti room and looks directly at camera during headshot session in belle isle conservatory in detroit michigan

woman stands in front of bright greenery in belle isle conservatory in detroit michigan

I’ve only been to the Belle Isle Conservatory once for photos, but much like Matthaei, this is great for staying warm on cold days while getting that tropical feel in your photos. The beautiful old architecture of the space adds to the appeal of this conservatory over Matthaei, which is much newer. You can even make a day of this photo excursion and head on over to the recently reopened Belle Isle Aquarium nextdoor, and if it’s not too cold or windy, walk along the river! If you want to book a session at the Belle Isle Conservatory there is an added travel fee to your session cost, but it’s well worth it!

Your house!

young brothers play with trucks on the ground in sun filled sunroom

family of four reads together on a big chair in reading nook

That’s right, your house made this list! Can you believe it?! I make house calls for pet sessions, newborn snuggles, and any other reason you may want to use your own home. I love in-home sessions because my subjects (both furry and human) are most comfortable, which makes for great photos. My best suggestions for you if you want to book an in-home session are to find a few nice spots near windows, make sure those spots are as tidy as you feel is right, and get any props or outfit changes ready to make best use of our time!

I’m always looking to expand my list of places for photo shoots so expect to see more indoor locations! Do you have any other places you think would be good for photos? Let me know in the comments! If you’re ready to book an indoor session, you can do so here!

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Hi I'm Emily! The Ann Arbor, Michigan based photographer behind Emmy & Ollie Photography, mama to two littles Oliver & Violet, and lifelong partner to my husband Ryan. I'm here to share about my life, my photo journey, beautiful moments, and tips to help you have the best photo session!

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