Shoppe Talk ~ Choosing a Portrait Location

August 02, 2010

This week's Shoppe Talk comes from Meghan Aileen and discusses what to look for in a great portrait location! Choosing a Portrait Location ~ What to Look For Choosing locations is one of the most important things for us as photographers. Today I am going to focus on what to look for in a location for shooting portraits. When you have a great location our job becomes much easier! Variety The first thing I look for in a location is the variety it will provide me. I like to use the landscape a lot in my portraits and I also like to give my clients a lot of variety in their portraits. So I choose locations with at least a few different types of landscape. Maybe it has an open field as well as dense trees, and a fence or a path. Maybe you choose a more urban setting and it has different surface textures, steps, some plants or interesting doors. Although there are many locations you may drive by and think that would be cool to shoot, I think it is still important to see if it has enough variety to do an entire portrait session there. This will help you to make the most out of your time, and using your time wisely is a very important part of being a business owner! This is one of my favorite locations for portraits. It is an old western movie set and has a lot of different wooden textures, colors, landscape and nature. The variety always gives me a wonderful range in what I deliver my client. 0802_01 0802_03 0802_04 Texture Having great texture is always important to me. Some people don't use the landscape as much as I do for portraits, but texture is still important. Having texture and color behind your subject makes the shot more interesting without taking away from your subject. 0802_05 Even in black and white texture is hugely important, even more so actually. When you have no color to rely to make your shot interesting, the texture can really make an image stand out. Don't forget to look up and down for texture too! 0802_06 Stay tuned for Wednesday's continuation of Choosing a Portrait Location!



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