This is the second in a three-part series on Location Photography. Follow these links to read the rest of this photography tutorial series:
Last week we touched on how to find locations and begin to train your eye to seek out location spots regardless of what may ‘surround’ it.
This week we delve into determining the ‘right’ location for your clients.
When I say ‘right’ I mean more of what would best fit your client and their needs and visions for the session.
When I book a client I always send out a client questionnaire. It help me to get to know the family and children more so I can start figuring out what they may like or not like location-wise.
Make It Personal.
If it’s to be an intimate session, I always do indoor/outdoor shoots at their home (regardless if they live in the burbs or NYC).
In my opinion, this gives them the best of both world by personalizing the session in their home where they live and make their memories. These types of shoots work really well for newborns and the under-1-year-old set. It’s a familiar place to them and we get to capture that fast first year memory. Crib shots, photos of them in their room, on mommy and daddy’s bed–these all lend to the at-home feel and comfort for a small child’s session.
A park with a deep wooded area is a great setting for a little girl spinning in a dress. Putting the subjects in the grass. Resting against tree trunks (also a great peek-a-boo option for some cute captures!) Use nature to it’s fullest for any age! I always say ‘relaxed child, relaxed images’ and kids just thrive in wide open spaces.
And don’t forget the seasons outdoors- there is nothing more beautiful than a local park/backyard for winter wonderland-type locations! So bundle up and don’t let the snow scare you off.
Hit The Streets.
Urban shoots are a blast. I wish I could do more and had more requests for them. For me, my backyard is NYC- so between the cobble stone streets downtown, the brownstones, the cabs! I have a lot to choose from. But even if you aren’t in NY, heading to your nearest city will produce some great urban moments.
These shots weren’t taken in NYC, but rather in Westchester New York in New Rochelle. But you still get the feeling of ‘street.’
And bonus for this urban street shot taken in Washington Square Park in NYC? A street performer in the background!
Next week I will focus on some more fun photography session locations for you to scout to give your location portfolio a jolt!