Choosing the best photo session spot 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. I provide all my clients with a document of location ideas but here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:
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. You can also look up ideas on my Instagram or FB page as well as Geotag search. It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or me for ideas too.
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. Most places in D.C. require a permit so be sure to let me know in advance so that I have plenty of time to apply for the permit which is going to be a fee.
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. It’s not worth trying to get the best photo session spot.
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.
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. Pick what represents your interests (hiking, architecture etc.) or just go where you feel are going to give you the best photos for your liking. Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot.
To help you more, my top picks are: