Spring is just a few weeks away and while I spend time scouting locations for sessions and have access to a cozy little park located next to my studio, many people still ask the same question prior to booking, Do you know any perfect locations to for our family portraits? I send interested clients a Q&A form so I know what type of family they are ahead of time that helps me determine what type of local is best suited both for them as a family and for my style of photography.
I’m sharing some of my best tips today hope they help you narrow down an ideal Photo shoot location.
How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location
Choosing a photo shoot location might seem like a big deal but it really doesn’t have to be difficult. A location usually drives some 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 before you decide on a location:
- 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. If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around your city for inspiration. It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas too.
- Are you allowed to take pictures 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.
- 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 in harm’s way.
- 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? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it.
- 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
Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot. You might also want to check out last week post on Choosing the right props for your next photo session to help you get select meaningful items to add to your photos.
If you still need to book your your spring/Easter Session contact me I have a lot of available spots open now that I’ve opened the studio