Choosing a photo shoot location might seem like a big deal but it really doesn't have to be. A location drives some of the other decisions about your shoot so it’s important to consider the location. Before settling on a location ask yourself:
1. Do I have theme for the shoot? If you don't know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around your city for inspiration. It's easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas too.
2. Am I 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 arrange permission first.
3. Is it accessible? ‘That amazing riverside beach would be perfect!’ Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round. That beach you thought would be perfect is currently under water this time of year. Another important aspect is your safety taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look stunning but it’s best not to put yourself in harm’s way.
4. How do you get to your location? 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.
5. Will the photo session be in a public place? If your perfect spot is one that has a lot of foot traffic, you need to check in with yourself that you are comfortable being photographed in front of others.
Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot.