Every Sunday I will share easy photography tips for new photographers, busy bloggers, or those who just want to learn more about staging and styling photographs. I’ll let the experts teach the technical stuff, but I’m teaming up with Mariah Meyer Photography to bring you ways to save money on your gear, easy ideas to take better photos, and simple styling tips. Today’s topic is all about how to scope out photography locations. The studio isn’t always the easiest or the best place to take photos. Try some of these location ideas to move your photo sessions outdoors or try a unique new spot indoors. Every town has interesting locations, you just need to find them!
- Backyard. Your backyard or your client’s back yard is one of the simplest places to take photos. Parents will be happy that you’re coming to them, and they don’t need to pack up and come to you. Children will be happy playing in their natural environment.
- Museums. Museums that allow photography can make for some unique shots, but often times it the outside that works the best. Staircases, fountains, and interesting textures on walls can make for great images.
- Fair or Carnival. If you’re looking for bright and bold colors, head to the fair or carnival! Be sure to go at an off time to avoid the crowds. Those rides and games make some amazing bold backgrounds for almost any type of image. The foods like deep fried ice cream and cotton candy also make great props. Couples sessions and children’s sessions are the ones that can shine at these locations.
- Parks or a Playground. If you’re looking for a more natural children’s photo, go to the playground. Crawling, peeking around corners as well as through tunnels and slides all help create one of a kind images of little ones. Even at parks that don’t have playgrounds, just use nature. Walking pathways in the park and wooded areas are a great backdrop for photos of all varieties.
- Brick Walls. There are many types of brick walls, but all of them are unique. For photos with families, older children, and couples, brick walls are a good basic backdrop to add to any session and create a blank slate for the use of props.
- Farms. Head out to the fields, or go apple picking and have some fun with your photos. Farms and orchards are wonderful environments for family, couples, or children’s photos. These places work especially well in autumn when the apples are ready to be picked and the wheat and corn fields are the perfect colors. In Florida, we have orange groves, blueberry and strawberry picking opportunities! Be sure to get permission for private properties.
- Downtown. Depending on your city, your downtown will most likely be a good spot for photos. Unique storefronts and often time’s vintage pavements and markings are wonderful backdrops. Graffiti is also another good option for sessions such as super heroes and senior boys.
- Lifestyle. Stay home! Lifestyle images are skyrocketing in popularity! If you’re a parent, have your photographer come to you and if you’re the photographer, offer in home lifestyle sessions! Similar to using the backyard, these sessions are all about allowing family to act as family and not “pose”. Use the kitchen, bedrooms, nursery, everything that you use on a daily basis, and capture those moments of reading before bed, tickle fights and messy dinners.
Where is your favorite place to take photos? Try these Simple Ways to Take Better Photos of Children.