Choosing a photo shoot location might seem like a big deal but it really doesn't have to be difficult. I have loads of options for great spots and am happy to guide you in picking the perfect location for your family based on your unique needs. 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:
Do you have a "theme" in mind? Are you more interested in buildings and shops as a backdrop for your images or is a more casual, parklike setting your style? If you don't know what kind of backdrop you want, ask me! You can also take an afternoon drive around your city for inspiration. It's easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family and friends for ideas or reach out to me because I know LOADS of locations in Atlanta and surrounding areas as well as all around Lake Chatuge.
Are you allowed to take pictures there? Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind and if you are bringing a pet, we will confirm that they are allowed on the property. If it's not public property or available to the public we will need to get permission first. For example, photos anywhere in the City of Roswell require a photography permit. Places like the Botanical Gardens or the High Museum must be approved and require a large fee to use the facilities.
I have loads of ideas for locations if you share with me the look you are going for. While the Botanical Gardens might be a financial stretch or the Hamilton Gardens in Hayesville GA doesn't allow dogs, I have alternative locations that can give you the same look and feel! For example, some cities require a permit or some locations must be shot only during certain times of the day.
Is your location choice good for children? Or parents & Grandparents to easily walk around? 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. Also, who is in your photography party? Can you walk easily or are there lots of stairs. Is everyone in your group able to walk around without difficulty? Is your location choice good for children? Or parents & Grandparents to easily walk around? Murphey Candler Park is wonderful with flat sidewalks and easy strolls.
How do you get to your location? Will it be easy to walk to the meeting area, 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. If you will be changing outfits (seniors!) then it is nice to have a clean bathroom available. We can make do in a lot of situations!
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. And while it is not location related, another consideration is the time of year. If it is freezing cold, will you want to be outside? How about in July or August? You will have a great tan but you might not stand the heat!!
Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction. For example, is there a creek your child will want to jump into immediately or a playground that is calling their name? Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot.
I have LOADS of locations that I frequently shoot and am happy to chat with you over the phone to discuss your family, your senior and your ideas. I can customize a location that is perfect for you! Call me to see a gallery sample of all my favorite spots in Atlanta!!
Kristin Boyer specializes in seniors and family photography in North Atlanta, North Georgia and Western North Carolina. Georgia locations include areas such as Midtow n, Buckhead, North Atlanta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody and Roswell and Sandy Springs. While North Georgia and North Carolina locations include Lake Chatuge, Hayesville, Hiawassee, Blairsville, Highlands, Murphey.
K. Boyer Photography has been selected as a top Atlanta Newborn Portrait Photographer for 7 years in a row by Expertise.com. She has also been published on a national podcast for school portrait photography by The Bokeh Podcast and interviewed by various magazines and publications such as top 100 newborn blogs, Voyage ATL, and Mental Floss.