Choosing a photo shoot location 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. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location!
What kind of look do you want?
This is arguably one of the most important questions you can ask yourself. Are you in love with the natural greenery in North Carolina, or do you prefer a more urban look? Do you love water, or the woods? 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. It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas, too. You never know what you’ll come up with! Don’t forget — we also love taking photos at home. That setting can create some of the most natural, meaningful photos!
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. Some locations, like Duke Gardens, charge a fee to use the area for a photo session. We’re happy to help you navigate these guidelines!
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 mountain ledge may look neat, but it may be hard to get to in colder seasons and we never want to put you in harm’s way!
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. If you clothes get dirty (or wet!), we want to make sure you feel comfortable for the remainder of the session!
Will the photo session be in a public place?
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! For example, the American Tobacco Campus is a great location, but is usually very crowded!
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. We can’t wait to see what you choose for your session spot!