This topic is very fresh on my mind, as I just returned from a trip that opened up new locations to me. Whether you are photographing your family or clients, locations offer a different flavor to your images. Yes, it is mostly about the peole IN the images, but new wonder is discovered with a different landscape.
I would think that the novice along with the professional would find that a new location would spice up their photography. I am always on the hunt as I drive around my town for something different. Not just a colorful wall (though that does excite me very much) but a spot that will tell a story, add character, allow my subjects to explore a little and capture that exploration.
Before I went on my trip to Illinois, I asked my friend to scope out some spots for me and I even contacted a few local photographers to ask their suggestions. Along with 4 mini sessions, I wanted my friends’ session to be spectacular and unique, and most importantly…to tell a story about their family.
I was directed to a nice open field that was beautiful, but I just didn’t get excited about. One place I did get excited about, I saw out the back window of my friend Linda’s house.
Just across the street was a spectacular red barn with acres of cornfields. I thought…what can get more “Illinois” than that? Sometimes…you gotta work for it. I put on my big girl pants and decided to knock on the door of the home next to the barn to ask permission. When no one answered and I couldn’t find a business card, I scratched a note saying I was a photographer from Texas and I loved their property and asked if I could photograph a family around it. I added my website and left. I figured it was a long shot, but it can’t hurt to ask (actually it is a bit nerve wracking, but going with a friend makes it easier).
Less than an hour later, I got a call from the lady of the house. She said that would be fine, but that her husband would probably want to follow me around. Yay and hmmm….. I was just excited they said yes. I already had 2 mini’s meeting me at a park a few towns over (Hi Becky and Jill!) then I scheduled my 2 others at this here barn and included the cornfield as well. I might add that the owner had a handful of longhorns as “pets.”
Also while in Illinois, I photographed my friend Linda’s family at an apple orchard nearby. I wanted to do it in the evening light, but they closed at 6. The day before, I spoke with the manager, and he was more than delighted to have us come at 7 and even granted us full access and props.
I feel like I got the full Illinois experience.
I am LOVING the old vintage cars that I seem to spot around town. In the past week, I got permission from 2 different truck owners, one on a home property and one I found at a car repair place with a big banner draped across it. I told the repair place that when I blogged about them, I would link up (haven’t blogged yet) and they were happy about that and were happy to share. When I shot there (yesterday) I noticed a few other cool cars I may want to use in the future. Here are the 2 different trucks:
I’ve passed this next truck for years on a road near my home. I left a card on the homeowners doorstep and she called me the next day. I am glad I asked because during the shoot, one of her neighbors drove by asking why we were there and I said, “It’s ok, I talked to Betty” and he was fine. With both trucks, I asked if I could come “occasionally” and offered something in return. With Betty, I said I’d offer a discounted session, and she was excited about her young great grandaughters pictures in the future.
In all 4 of these locations, I could tell they were on someone’s property that I didn’t want to trespass. In all 4, I asked permission, and was granted. It was nice to hear the feedback from the farmer how much he appreciated my asking.
Most of my locations are the side of stores or a main street in a small town or an open field/park. Anyone’s game, but look around, get creative and get asking and you will have much more fun:)
To see more images from these recent shoots, head to my site.
Happy location hunting! Share with me the fun locations you have found…
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