You don’t need to book a photography studio to get awesome photos, but there is a time and a place for it. When planning a photoshoot, how do you decide on a rad location that will amplify your awesome and give you versatility for different looks?
Well, as a photographer that’s dabbled in branding, portraits, real estate, pet photos, and more, I have some words of wisdom to share. Read on to learn more about finding the perfect location for your photoshoot.
Tips for Finding the Perfect Location For Your Photoshoot
If your brand is bright, full of light, and has dashes of colour, an all-black office with rustic decor isn’t ideal. Of course, you can make it work, but it won’t be you. These are my top 5 tips when scouting for an excellent spot.
Tip 1: Choose a meaningful location
By meaningful location, I don’t necessarily mean grandma’s house. A meaningful place could be somewhere outdoors that fills your cup, such as a nearby forest, beach, or field.
- Do you have a local coffee shop where the baristas know you by name?
- Is there a coworking space or community that you frequent?
- How’s the lighting at the yoga studio you’ve basically adapted as a second home?
Anywhere that energizes you or feels like a second home is a great place to start. How peaceful does Kit look in the photo above? They spend a lot of time at this particular waterfront, so we incorporated it into their session. What place makes your heart happy? Start there.
Tip 2: Consider the lighting and spacing you want
Throw tip one out the window if your meaningful location is dark, cramped, and you don’t have any artificial lighting.
Small spaces require a wider angle lens to capture them. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a lot of zoomed-in photos of your space. However, a wide-angle lens isn’t flattering for people. You know that fish-eye look where your face appears smaller around the jaw but your eyes are popping out? That’s what a wide angle does.
Since you want your photographer to back up enough to capture you in the space, get the detail shots, and leave some whitespace for your website photos, you may want to ditch the tiny, windowless rooms.
When it comes to light, natural light is always best. Try choosing a location with a few windows, or if you’re working with a professional photographer, ask about their lighting equipment. They’ll likely be able to work some magic if they have a flash or other accessories on hand.
However, you don’t need fancy gadgets to take a good photo. If you’re trying to take a few snapshots of your products on your iPhone or camera, be sure to put the product facing the window. I didn’t use artificial lighting to achieve the photos you see below.