As a photographer, I wear many different hats. Depending on the day (or the session), I can be a meteorologist, a fashion consultant, a business woman, or even a botanist—especially when it comes to identifying poison ivy as I’m leading my clients to locations off the beaten path. But at almost every session, my job is to find the perfect location. So today, I am excited to share some of my “wisdom” with all of you! The best part is it applies not only to my couples, but to anyone who is having pictures done. Here are four things to consider when choosing a session location:
I. Sentimental is sweet.
I LOVE when a client comes to me with a specific location in mind. Not only does it make my job a bit easier, but it ignites a little extra spark of excitement for them! If there is a place that means something to you, take me there! Maybe it’s where you had your first date or the place you go to unwind—wherever it is, I bet you will not only feel more comfortable, but it will make the images I create for you even more meaningful. At the end of the day, if it is important to you, it is important to me!
II. Popular doesn’t always mean best.
In the city where I live, there are lots of picturesque places to ride your bike, walk your dog or have a picnic. Though they are pleasing to the eye, they don’t always transfer as easily to a photograph. Popular places are also just that—popular. If you’re anything like me, it isn’t as easy for you to relax while people you don’t know are watching. So, if you’re up for it, let’s explore! You may be surprised by all of the secluded beauty that is just beyond your backyard.
III. All about the who not the where.
What is the first thing you look at when you view a picture? For me, I look straight to the people in the image. The smiles, the expression, the pose—all of those things captivate me first. The way I photograph is a direct reflection of that—YOU are the most important thing to me when you’re in front of my camera. Sure, a beautiful setting helps, but I’d encourage you to not stress or overthink that aspect too much. Instead, focus your time toward your look when preparing for our session—I’ll take care of the rest! Which leads me to my final thought…
IV. Trust your photographer.
If all else fails, I’ve got your back! When it comes to selecting your session location, allow me to relieve you of that burden. All you have to do is trust me! If my clients don’t have a specific place in mind, I like to at least give them input as to the type of spot they are hoping for—rural/urban, tall grasses/fields, trees/greenery, rustic/old buildings. I believe this is a win-win for both my clients & me—they get the location type & I get to photograph at a place I am familiar with which ultimately allows me to serve them better.