Choosing a location for your photo session might seem like a big deal but it doesn't have to be difficult. A location usually influences some of the other decisions you will make about your session so it’s important to choose the right place for you.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself when choosing a location:
1. Do you have somewhere with special meaning in mind?
For a couple session, consider somewhere special for the two of you, possibly where you met or somewhere you both like to go. For a family session consider the same... is there anywhere with special meaning for your family? Like a park or your own garden?
2. What kind of theme do you want?
Do you have a theme? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme (vintage, fun, natural, classic...) then 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 or town for inspiration. It's easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas too.
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 cliff may look great but it’s best not to put yourself in any danger.
4. How do you get to the location?
Will it be easy to walk to the location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the session? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it.
5. 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.
6. Will the photo session be in a public place?
If the location you have chosen has a lot of people walking past, 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 to somewhere more private or pick a time and day when you know it will be quiet :)
7. do you have a backup location?
Unplanned things happen and on the day of your session, your chosen location may be locked or can't be accessed (for some reason). Also, the weather might suddenly turn really bad and you will need to find somewhere with cover or indoors. Always have a back-up location in mind.
Take you or time and ask yourself the questions above. Once your session takes place at a location which is meaningful to you then the photo's will be just that more special :)