8 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Location for Your Senior Portraits

September 3, 2022

1. Who are you and what do you want your senior portraits to say about you?

Are you artsy? A country girl? A water lover? An outdoorsy casual girl? A sleek city girl? A sports fanatic? An animal lover? In the questionnaire, tell me about yourself! This will help guide me in helping you choose a photography location for your senior portraits. Your senior photos are about you and you want to showcase your personality and personal style.

2. Find a location that has a variety of spots for photos

Depending on the length of the session you choose we will go to roughly one or two locations. We want to be able to get a variety of photos from your location so choosing a location that has lots of variety is essential. If you decide to go for a country location then look for one with tall grass, a barn, trees, a fence, flowers, a swing, etc. If you’re choosing a park location, look for one with flowers, a field, trees, and maybe a river or pond.

3. Are there photography restrictions for the location you have in mind?

Many locations have restrictions regarding photography sessions. Often there is a permit that needs to be acquired and a fee that needs to be paid. These can range from $25 up to several hundred dollars depending on the location and length of time. Permits may take weeks to be approved. Make sure you know this in advance so you have time to get approved.

4. What will you be wearing for your portraits?

Your clothing choices can help to make or break a location being perfect. Your wardrobe choice needs to match the style of the location you choose and also have color harmony. If you want to wear a sparkly dress with pumps then a park with green grass and a field doesn’t really make sense.

5. Choose a location with meaning

Choosing a location that means something to you can really come through in your portraits and help to create meaningful images. Does your grandfather have an old farm out in the country then perhaps having some of your photos done on the farm would be a good choice. Do you have a special spot you like to hang out at with your friends such as the beach?

6. Think outside the box!

Sit down and brainstorm awesome ideas with your family. Checkout Pinterest. Think of family and friends that you know that may have access to a location that isn’t accessible to everyone. Think beautiful event venues, wooded areas, rooftops, flower fields, old trucks in a field, an abandoned building or wall murals. The sky is really the limit here. I’m open to shooting in almost any places but we just need to be able to have access and permission if it’s required.

7. What are your hobbies or interests?

Do you play any sports? If working out is more your thing, do you go to the gym or do you have a place outdoors you love to go for a run? Maybe you're an artist at heart and you love going to your studio… or to a special spot to sketch. Where do you go to do what you love? Think about how we can incorporate your hobbies and interests into your senior photos!

8. Do you have any pets?

If you have a cat, a dog, a horse, or any other type of animal… do you want to include it in your senior portraits? If yes, that will help us determine location as well. Some pets, like dogs and cats can easily be transported to most locations for a senior photo session. On the other hand, if you want senior portraits taken with your horse, we will probably head to your home or to the barn where your horse is stabled.

I hope these tips help you with choosing the perfect location for your senior portraits. This is something we will discuss before your senior session. So come with ideas in mind!

Email or call me with any questions and to schedule your senior portrait session today!

st-photography@outlook.com / 715-937-4844

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