When doing any kind of photo shoot, the foreground (usually the individual being photographed- YOU!) needs to be in harmony with the background (the location of the shoot). A good location sets the mood, and amplifies it while providing a beautiful backdrop for the photographs.
Your location shouldn’t be overpowering or distracting of what’s going on in the foreground of the picture. You should be what draws in the viewer’s attention first.
You can choose a location that has meaning for you. Is it the downtown area of your hometown? Your neighborhood pool if you are swimmer, the park you grew up going to? If your location holds meaning for you, it will add a nice layer of interest to your images in years to come.
Last but not least, choose a location that you love. If you have multiple locations on your short list, choose the one that you aesthetically love the most. It is going to be in your pictures after all and play an important part, so you better like what you see!
A good location is in harmony with all the three factors mentioned above. The perfect location is one that you love, that is meaningful to you and let’s you be the center of attention.
Here are some of the places I’ve loved shooting at in our area. Click the link to see a session in each location.
Downtown Raleigh – rooftop
Downtown Raleigh – Capital Building and surrounding streets
We can also go to new places! Feel free to ask about any location that interests you and we can find out if we can shoot there!