Choosing the Perfect Photo Shoot Location

Choosing the perfect photo shoot location may seem like a big deal, but it really doesn’t have to be difficult!  A location usually drives many of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself and discuss with your photographer before you decide on a location:

  1. What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements or your photographer might be able to make some suggestions).  If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon to drive around your city for inspiration (or hop on Pinterest).  It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard.  You can also ask your friends and family for ideas!
  2. Are you allowed to take picture there?  Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind.  If it’s not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first.
  3. Is it accessible?  Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round or you might not be able to get to them at all.  Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location.  Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look neat but it’s best not to put yourself or your family in harm’s way.
  4. How do you get to your location?  Will it be easy to walk to the session location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot?  Will children be able to walk from the car to the location or will you need to bring a stroller or wagon?  If you have small children, is there a restroom nearby in case of an emergency?
  5. Will the photo session be in a public place?  If the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic, you need to ask yourself whether you are comfortable being photographed in front of others.  If not, you might want to rethink your choice in location.

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Remember, these are guidelines.  When you book your session, we will discuss what you are wanting to achieve with your session.  I spend time scouting locations and working to provide the most beautiful settings for your portraits and family photos.  Let’s work together and choose the perfect photo shoot location!