Updated: Aug 14, 2019
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 its important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:
1~What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural landscape would work best with your theme, look around your area for places that meet your requirements. If you don't know what type of backdrop you want , take an afternoon and drive around your city for inspiration. I tend to use google maps as starter place to brainstorm ideas. You can find some really interesting places you didn't even know exist in your neighborhood or city. Ask family members , friends, or even your photographer for ideas also.
2~Are you allowed to take pictures there? Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you do end up choosing or have in mind. If its not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first. Some places require state or county permits, others may just require insurance for liability purposes.
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 all. For instance wedding venues tend to be booked in advance and may not be available for that particular day, national parks tend to close on holidays or some close at sun down. Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look awesome and be super creative but its not the best idea to put yourself in harms way. If you are set on a creative image such as that, your professional photographer can compose an image to meet your needs and wants :)
4~ How will 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 fix your hair and makeup before the shoot? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that's close by just in case. This is especially important for family portrait sessions with children included.
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 reconsider your choice of location. Some places tend to be more busy at certain times of the day or particular day, if your not familiar with a place of interest, do a little more research on how busy it may be like at certain times of the day, if your local go for a fun visit there.
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