How to Pick the Perfect Photo Shoot Location

How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location 

North Georgia & Western North Carolina Photographer

Family Portraits with Kristin Boyer

 

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. 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 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 more interested in buildings and shops as a backdrop for your images or is a more casual, parklike setting your style?  

 

Amazing parklike settings with bridges and creeks / ponds. 

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Great Urban locations with fun architecture and great ambiance (Below).  

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Family Photos in a park like setting!Gerrard Landing Park Atlanta MINI-11-2020-Kristin_Boyer_IMG-90651Kristin W. Boyer, K Boyer Photography Atlanta GA, Gerrard landing Park - Johns Creek, GA

  1. 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 you 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 and will allow pets!! 

 

Anywhere in the City of Roswell requires a permit but there are loads of places from urban, city like settings to beautiful historical houses, parks and even waterfalls and covered bridges!  

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Want a park like setting where you can bring your family pets?  Dunwoody Nature Center!  

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Hamilton Gardens in Hayesville GA is one of my all time favorite locations! 

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Is your location choice good for children?  Or parents & Grandparents to easily walk around? 

  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.  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 easily?  For example, grandma and grandpa?Is your location choice good for children?  Or parents & Grandparents to easily walk around? 

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. 
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  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.  If you will be changing outfits (seniors!) then it is nice to have a clean bathroom available.  however, I am always happy to wrap a blanket around you too!  We can make do in a lot of situations!  

Gerrard Landing Park is a great location with lots of wild grasses but the bathroom is not close by!   Also, this is not a great location to shoot during the mid day as there is no cover whatsoever and it tends to get very busy at sunset.

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  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.  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 and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. 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!!  

 

Atlanta GA Award Winning Photographer – About The Artist

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.

Kristin Boyer / K. Boyer Photography is a proud member of Professional Photographers of America 

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 blogsVoyage ATL, and Mental Floss

Contact me here to request more information about a North Atlanta, North Georgia or a North Carolina Photography session, or you can follow me on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest

 

 


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