Choosing a great location is one of the most important pieces of setting your photo shoot. The backdrop you select will set the stage for the entire session and will be an essential piece of every shot, pose and, ultimately, the finished product. And choosing it is essential for the smooth running of your photoshoot….
I recommend picking a spot that’s special to you, either a spot you love, somewhere you frequent or a place that best represents you and/or your family. If you can’t decide on something from the above or that isn’t appropriate for a session, somewhere that is very scenic with an interesting (but not too intricate) background can work really well! Ultimately, it must be somewhere that you are comfortable going.
After you’ve narrowed down the list, it’s important to think about some key logistics: are there restrooms? Is the distance from the parking to the actual shoot location far? If so, pack comfy shoes for everyone! If you have the option to do so, will there be places to change outfits, retouch hair and makeup and relax between shots? Will there be crowds nearby—and, if so, are you comfortable shooting in front of others?
I’ve seen amazing sessions everywhere from backyards to lakes to open meadows. I know the area well and if you are stuck, can often help make recommendations based on your unique needs, personalities and inspirations.
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