Picking the right location can sometimes be difficult. Do you pick a place that you like to spend time with your family? Do you pick a place that you believe is beautiful? And to be completely honest, either will do. Below are what I believe to be the 3 most important things to consider when picking your time and location.
1. What does the location have to offer? Places like a beach can offer wonderful shots and yield great images. Sometimes, a beach is simply a beach though. What I mean is, there is sand and water, so every shot is going to have a similar background and an hour shoot is going to produce a lot of similar looking pictures. So how do you fix that? Choose a beach near a park, or one that has a lot of trees, dunes, or other features that will offer some different and unique shots.
2. Is it a popular place? Photo shoots when there are a lot of people around can be difficult. Some guy always thinks he is funny and jumps in the background of a shot. I do my best to take shots with few people in the background and try to edit them out when possible. So when thinking of your location, keep in mind that a popular beach on Labor Day weekend may not be the best location. A place that offers areas that are off the beaten path will always allow for more great shots.
3. Time of Day. Time of day is a big factor for photo shoots. Obviously, if you want sunset shots you are a little limited on your time selection. Just remember, in the middle of summer at 1:00 PM, it is HOT! You may start sweating, children may start crying, and a photo shoot can go downhill real fast. Also, if the session if for young children, take into consideration their nap times or feeding schedule to avoid cranky kids. A hungry, tired child can be nightmare, at least mine can be.
Remember, this is your photo shoot so I will work with you at the location of your choosing. These are just a few tips for you to take into consideration when choosing the time and location of your shoot.
If you are having difficulty choosing a location feel free to contact me and we can work through the pros and cons of a few different locations and find one that works best for you.