Choosing a Location for Your Photo Session

It’s easier than you may think.

Pick a place where you’re comfortable – some place you and whoever you’re photographed with can relax and be themselves. 

If it’s some place that has special meaning to you – where he or she proposed, the park your family loves to visit, the stable where you ride horses, your grandmother’s garden, your favorite place to go for a walk – that’s a bonus. Because then you can revisit the good memories you already have there while you’re making even more of them. 

If you’d prefer indoors, you can choose your home. Theoretically you should be really comfortable there. Is there a spot that gets a lot of good natural light around the time we’re taking photos? Sounds good. We can even step outside and take a few photos in your backyard if you’d like. Or we could do the whole session back there.  

Maybe there’s another cool space that you can get special access to like a roof-top deck or an airplane hanger. 

But really? We could do your whole session in front of a brick wall and still show real moments, real beauty, and real love. As long as you’re comfortable in front of a brick wall. :)

 And these two, who you just saw in this  Chicagoland Engagement Session post ? If they didn’t want to walk around as much as they did, we could have easily done their whole session in front of this weeping willow. It was in an area that reminded them of other places they gone on walks through.

And these two, who you just saw in this Chicagoland Engagement Session post? If they didn’t want to walk around as much as they did, we could have easily done their whole session in front of this weeping willow. It was in an area that reminded them of other places they gone on walks through.

 Before Gus decided he wanted to be on the move again (something I definitely encourage kids to do in portrait sessions) we took a variety of photos in front of this tree. It was in a park his family liked to visit.

Before Gus decided he wanted to be on the move again (something I definitely encourage kids to do in portrait sessions) we took a variety of photos in front of this tree. It was in a park his family liked to visit.

 This photo of beautiful Natalie? Taken on the roof of a parking garage. I don’t think she had any particular attachment to that garage. But it was in a town she liked to spend time in.

This photo of beautiful Natalie? Taken on the roof of a parking garage. I don’t think she had any particular attachment to that garage. But it was in a town she liked to spend time in.

So…
Cool-looking location? Nice.
Location that has meaning to you? Even better.
A place where you feel comfortable being yourself? Best.

Ultimately? Where your photos are taken is important but not nearly as important as who is in them.

©2016 Kristin Serna. These words and photos are mine. Please do not republish without my permission.