In the real estate business, the location of a house can make or break the way a couple feels about a new home. We believe this to also be true for photography. It can just as easily influence the way couples feel about their photographs. While we know that the truly essential element of a beautiful photograph is gorgeous light, we also know that it is our job to find great light anywhere. What we have found when scheduling portrait sessions is that as long as we have control over what time of day we are shooting, we can make our clients extra happy by allowing them to take ownership in their session and have a say about the location of their shoot. The more input they have, the more invested they feel. The more personal it feels to them, the more meaningful the photos will be. Now, we rarely work with couples who know precisely where they want to do their engagement session. They are not sitting around dreaming of their location; they have only been dreaming of lovely photos. Today, Grand Lens Photography will assist you in choosing a location for your photo session.
we will ask you
One of the first pieces of information we request from a couple is if they have an idea in mind for the location of their session. Most of the time, the answer is no and that is okay! We ask various questions as we can to get their creative juices flowing. Couples may have two or three of their favorite locations and are unable to decide on just one. Our clients are looking to us as the experts so we guide them in choosing a location that they love without choosing it for them. If they do not already have a location in mind, we invite them to visit other articles in our blog and view our most recent work. If a location stands out to the couple and they love it, then we will schedule the photo session there. If no area does stand out, then we will just ask them to give us a vibe.
think outside the box
Think a little outside the box and brainstorm with your partner about places that are meaningful to you (where you met, where you went on their first date or what they like to do together). We also ask to think about their network of relationships and to contact someone they know that might grant them access to an uncommon location, like a private resort, a boat or a stadium. Be mindful of areas that have heavy traffic on the weekends and some locations, like a charming row of stores, ice cream shop, and coffee shops may be packed in the afternoon on a weekend. Our job as photographers is to assure you it is normal. Wait it out and time the photos appropriately, but if this does not sound like your scene, we completely understand.
Pick adjectives that attractive to you
We ask our clients to pick adjectives of looks that appeal to them. Do they want something rustic and abandoned? Modern and full of architecture? Colorful or muted? Floral and vintage? The more they can pinpoint adjectives that sound like them as a couple, the more we can help lead them to a location that will be a perfect fit. Think about what works for you as a couple. It does not have to be a conceptual art project, but we find it helpful to choose something you are drawn to. Are you both coffee lovers? Find a coffee shop that has tall windows on two sides of the building for you to snuggle near. Are you both homebodies? Consider an in-home session showing you cooking a meal together.
Normally, once we throw multiple questions their way, they come back with some answers. While most are unable to tell us exactly where they want their photos, by this point in the conversation, they can tell us they do not want desert-scape. They might mention they would love a white picket fence or big, bold colors. While every once in a while, you browse through blogs and Google best locations for a photo session and decide what locations speak to you, it is less overwhelming for you if we can suggest two or three of our past shoots that match the vibe of your responses. If you are interested in a clean, modern look, we are not going to provide you with a link to a session we covered in an open grassy field near a barn. We help you narrow down the look and commonly present them with two or three choices based on the information you provided.