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How to Pick the Best Location for your Photoshoot

If you're not shooting in-studio, it's important to choose the right location for your session. If you're trying to find the best photoshoot location for session, there are a few things that you need to consider.


Check out the tips below to make sure you choose the right location for your photo session!

1) Is it crowded?

If you want your photos and your shooting environment to be free of other people, it may be wise to choose a location that isn't very crowded. This is both for your comfort and to minimize the amount of retouching that has to happen after your session. If you're set on a crowded location, try shooting at a time of day where there are less people (helloooo sunrise sessions!).

2) Is it accessible enough?

When choosing a location it's important to consider the amount of walking that may have to happen. Are you okay with walking a mile or more? Do you need a location where minimal walking is required? Are there restrooms nearby? Let your photographer know if you require any special accommodations to make sure the day of your session runs nice and smoothly.

3) Do you need a permit?

Many locations require permits that need to be attained weeks (sometimes months) in advance. It's important to know the rules and regulations of the area you're planning on using to avoid any interruptions or fines on the day of your session. Ask your photographer if you're not sure.

4) What time of day?

Golden hour (the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset) is preferred by most photographers because it offers the most flattering light. Some locations look better at sunset vs sunrise so it's important to ask your photographer what time of day will work best for the location you want. Earlier hours can often mean a less crowded location which is also a plus!

5) How far is it?

It's important to take the distance of your location into consideration. Most photographers cover locations within a certain radius and will charge mileage fees for anything outside of it. If you're planning on a sunrise session for a location that requires a lot of driving, it may be a good idea to get a hotel for the evening before. Note that you will often be responsible for your photographer's lodging in cases that require an overnight stay.


Choosing a location can take a lot of time and planning but I hope these tips help you find the perfect location for your needs. Your photographer will likely also have a list of favorite locations so don't be afraid to ask them for their recommendations!

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