Now that you have decided when you want to take your senior pictures and are on my schedule, it is time for us to decide where we should go. Every session is unique and there’s endless locations we can go to for your senior pictures. Location scouting is a large part of my job that I am constantly doing. I want to ensure that your photo session can be unique and tailored to you, not just the same pictures all of your friends will have too. Here I will break down the options of locations into categories for you. If you are able to pick a couple categories you really like, it makes it even easier for me to start scouting and picking locations for you.
This can be a creek or a lake. If we go to a creek, be prepared to get your feet wet as you will (most likely) have the opportunity to stand amidst the water or sit on a rock in the center. At a lake we will stay land side but have the open water behind you. If the lake is positioned properly we will have a wide open view of the sunset. Below you can see some examples of senior photos by the water.
Field settings are the most common senior picture location, and they are for good reason. They allow you to shine. The location is standard and has no chance of distracting anyone from you. A field also isn’t always the most basic decision. You still have options. You can choose a tall grass field, a wide open mowed field, or a meadow with a medium grass height. The little decisions like this matter and make a difference in your senior pictures. Here are some of the differences between different fields.
An urban setting is a cityscape. This can be a red brick wall, an abandoned building, the middle of a road, a black brick wall, a coffee shop, the roof of a parking garage, etc. The options are wide and diverse here. Urban settings are some of my favorites as they are versatile and easily work to match your outfits. Below you can see some examples of urban settings.
Sports. Hobbies. Family farm. Favorite ice cream stop. Any location that you have personal attachment to you is my favorite location to go to. Your sports and hobbies are important. We can incorporate your sports by visiting your high school gym/field or wearing your high school jersey with a pair of jeans at an urban location. These locations elevate your pictures because they automatically mean more. Being able to say, “I took these pictures at my grandparent’s barn” or “This was my favorite spot to get ice cream in high school” when you show these images to your college friends or even your kids down the road is so special. Here are some of the sports photos I have done in the past.
Are there more options than this? Absolutely. The options for locations are truly endless. However, this is a great starting point. I know all of the decisions can be really stressful. When to take them, outfits, locations, hair, makeup, props, etc. It’s more than you maybe bargained for. These categories of locations are a great place for you to begin deciding where we should go during your senior session. If you missed the blog post about WHEN to take your senior pictures, check it out here!