One question I frequently get from my clients when preparing for their session is what about location? I would say this is only second to what should we wear. Today I wanted to talk a bit about location and dispel some myths as well.
Myth #1 – You need a gorgeous location to make amazing photos. Guys this is just not true. While a pretty location helps, it isn’t really necessary. As long as I have some good light to work with I can make almost any location not just work but look amazing too. How is that possible? Well, there are lots of factors that make it happen. Such as lens choice, lighting, and interaction with my subject. This is really where hiring an experienced professional makes all the difference.
For example, take a look at this image. I had my client grab this photo with her cell phone. This is the area where I shot the image of the little guy on the wooden box.
Myth #2- My backyard won’t be a good location for photos. This couldn’t be more wrong. Your backyard is almost always a perfect location for a few reasons. The first being you and your children will be much more relaxed and at ease in your own yard. The second being you will have access to extra clothes, water or any other items we might need during your session. The last being you don’t have to worry about putting your kids in the car and traveling with them. You can simply walk out your back door and I will come to you.
Have a look at this backyard, there were toys, swing sets etc… and you would never know it by the images I shot there.
So what about location makes it work and what should you look for when choosing yours. Really just a few things:
1. Be true to you. Choose a location that has meaning to your family, some place you visit often. (i.e. a favorite park or your backyard, both would work great.)
2. Do your research. Keep in mind that we can not shoot on private property without the land owner’s consent. This is for all locations. (i.e. farms, gardens etc…) Most public places have protocol in place for photo sessions and some even require a permit and or fee.
3. Tell your story. Think about what type of message you’d like your photos to tell and consider that when choosing your location. For example, if your family loves to go on nature walks and hike, an outdoor location on your favorite trail would be perfect. Whereas, a session at the beach probably wouldn’t be the best place to tell your family’s story.
Have more questions about the perfect location for your photo session? Contact me today so we can discuss it.