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Find Your Perfect Photo Session Location

How to Find the Perfect Photo Session Location

Choosing a photo session 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 session so it’s important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when deciding on a location:

What kind of theme do I want?
If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. A location, such as AP Greens Estates, is fantastic for natural look. The historical society or Shelter Gardens are both perfect for floral and garden settings.  If you are a high school senior, it can be fun to rock an athletic shot on campus or hey what are you really in to? You like to listen to music, right?  Lets head to a record store!  For a downtown feel, downtown Columbia can offer everything from artistic spots to beautiful city scapes. Want something a little more small town and quaint? Downtown Mexico is perfect for that.  We can even stop in for a treat at the Cookie Club or photograph you in the windows of the coffee shop.  Alternatively, Studio Sessions offer the ultimate in creative control!  Currently I photograph children, maternity, and seniors in studio.  If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around your own city for inspiration. It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends, or your photographer (Hey! That’s me!) for ideas too.

Are you allowed to take photographs there?
Make sure that you can legally take photos 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. If you spot a location you like, but do not know who owns it, reach out! I am always in the mood for investigating!

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 photos on the edge of a cliff  may look neat, but it’s best not to put yourself 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 session? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it. (If not, be prepared to make outfit changes in your car )

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
We want to make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction. Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot!!

Don’t you just love this little spot in Kansas City where Nicole and Joe wanted one of their wedding images, it was so important for them to use this little spot because they met right around the corner where they attended college.


Senior Shelter Gardens

March 23, 2020

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