How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location

April 25, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location

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. As a photographer in Fayetteville, NC we have many great choices to choose from.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:

  1. 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. 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.  Here in Fayetteville, we have to choose between the downtown area for a city background or we can head to a park for a more natural background, bonus for finding spots that can give you both!

  1. 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 places want you to pay for a permit while some will give a permit for free.  As an example, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville, NC has a policy that if you want to shoot professionally there, you need to pay.  While the Historic Yates Mill County Park up by Raleigh, NC wants you to reserve a spot (they only want 5 at a time) but the permit to shoot is free

  1. 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’s best not to put yourself in harm’s way.  I know many photographers feel that having a camera means trespassing doesn't apply to you, but it does.  Besides being accessible learn the legality or restrictions for a location.

  1. 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.  Think ahead, you may not want to march out there twice.  

  1. 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.  This also applies to the time.  Here in Fayetteville we have a great mural at the baseball stadium, but not really accessible during home games due to the amount of people.   

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.

Wheres your favorite spot?   



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