What's the perfect location for my Photo Shoot?
How do I pick the Perfect Photo Shoot Location with my photographer?
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. We have lot’s of locations we have scouted out and can usually show you examples of them. Remember to take into consideration the colors of your home and would the backdrop your choosing go well on your walls.
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. For example, everyone loves the almond groves, especially come spring. But, did you know this is not public property, its private property. I alway ask the farmers for permission to shoot on their property first, so if you have a location in mind, check in with your photographer so they can make sure its ok to shoot there before your session begins.
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. As your photographer I always scout out the location ahead of time and make sure its safe for you, your family and your four legged friends too!
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? If we are in a very rural area I usually bring a towel and a mirror for changing and touch ups. You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it. We don’t always have the luxury of a bathroom, but I always carry wipes. Wink Wink. Think about the distance from your car to the actual location when it comes to any elderly family members you include in your shoot as well.
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 and find something more private. Again, this is really something that your photographer will help you with and find the right look for you and your photos, so don’t stress over it… Remember capturing moments and memories is fun, so don’t sweat these small details, leave them up to us!
Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot. If you are a horse girl like me, than your most meaningful spots will likely be on a ranch, at your barn, or just on beautiful rolling hills, but if you are a beach girl, then definitely make arrangements to meet your photographer at the beach, frolic in the sun and splash your feet in those waves. Below are just a few background examples.