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How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location 

Choosing a photoshoot location might seem like a big deal but it really doesn’t have to be difficult. You got this!  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 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 expectations. If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around your area for inspiration. It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas too. 
  • Are you allowed to take pictures there?  Let’s not get in trouble!  I’ve been there with the Port Authority Police!  But that is a whole other story.  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. 
  • 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.  
  • 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.  I was once asked to do photos at a waterfall.  They failed to mention that it was about a 1.5-mile walk in the woods to get there.  So make sure your photographer can get the right gear to the right place.  We ended up getting great shots and I was happy to make the trip but I had to think on the spot and change my game plan.
  • 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.  

Some great spots in our area for a natural backdrop can include, Nay Aug Park in Scranton, Tobyhanna State Park, Lackawanna State Park, Lake Scranton, Big Pocono State Park, Delaware Water Gap.

Don’t forget the local towns and cities have great hidden spots. Sometimes the busy streets or muraled walls make a great backdropI love to talk out these types of things and also love finding new places.  It’s inspiring to visit new locations and I love to work in the moment.  I adapt quickly and will always make it fun, so please let me know your ideas!  

Michael Straub photography