As a Chicago engagement photographer, I love the Baha’i Temple. Chicago engagement photos at Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, IL are like transporting oneself to an far away land. The domed structure temple is truly a work of art because of its iconic lotus shape, perfect symmetry and intricate carvings. The gardens are so peaceful to walk through as well and it meant to promote meditation and self-reflection. It is a great place to stroll and enjoy the views.
Can You Take Engagement Photos at Baha’i Temple House of Worship?
A lot of people like to take professional wedding and engagement photos at Baha’i Temple House of Worship. It is my recommendation that you schedule portraits early in the morning or at golden hour to avoid the tourists and other wedding couples taking photos there.
Baha’i Temple Photo Permit Guidelines
In 2022, the temple had to implement strict policies and a permit is now required for engagement photos and wedding portraits. Please
review their website for the most up to date details.
We wanted to respect the sanctity of the temple grounds by not flying drones or using fancy lighting equipment during our engagement session with Anam and Mohsen. We were delighted to incorporate the heavy fog that fell over the Baha’i Temple that late afternoon. The fog gave the pictures a dream like quality! What do you think?
You can easily get a full hour of engagement photos at this location because there are so many different spots with unique views at the Baha’i Temple House of Worship.
Engagement Photo Tips and Advice
There are some important tips and advice to have a successful engagement photo session at the Baha’i Temple.
Bring an extra comfortable pair of shoes
Do an outfit change! Get the most out of this gorgeous Chicago photo location and wear two different outfits. If you are having a South Asian wedding, wear a traditional dress like Anam did. There are public bathrooms on the grounds where you can easily make an outfit switch.
Bring a tote bag to keep makeup and hair prep items, comfy shoes, and lotion for hands. Lip balm is also a great idea.