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How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location

by | Feb 20, 2019 | Core Vision, Marketing, Photography, Portrait Work

We launch our first blog of 2019 with How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location and feature one of the favourite places that I enjoy to shoot.

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.

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It’s always about location, location, location; a graffiti wall or a lonely corner, a beautiful field of sunflowers or an alley leading to an end, there are so many unfrequented or unknown opportunities that make amazing and unique photography.

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Waxhaw NC USA.

The original inhabitants of the region were a Native American people group known alternately as either the Wysacky or the Waxhaws. The arrival of the railroad in 1888 created access to the markets of Atlanta and helped the town reach prosperity. The railroad tracks were laid through the centre of town to show the importance of the railroad system to the community. The railroad remains in the centre of town and is now bordered by a green grassy strip that divides the rows of stores on each side.

1. 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.

2. 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.

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 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.

4. 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.

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 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.