Tips From Photomuse On Choosing Your Location
In the first part of this series, I suggested choosing a location based upon your mutual activities or a location infused with meaning for you. There are definitely plenty of times when in the absence of a location with meaning, I am asked for some assistance in thinking of a location. When you first narrow down your season, it can help set the tone for the rest of the session.
Pros: Quite romantic if you can get snowfall. Contrast of colors popping against white snow lends itself to graphic images. Playful, quiet – fewer people out and about if you are shy. The wedding season is not as busy in the winter, so you’ll have more available dates to choose from. You can also take advantage of a holiday theme (and use an image for a holiday card).
Cons: Cold, shorter amount of light in the day will mean a tighter frame of time to shoot. Temperature might mean less time shooting. Clothing choices will be more restrictive.
Possible activities: sledding, making snowmen, snowball fights, quiet walks under a canopy of snow laden trees.
Pros: The abundance of blooming flowers and trees make for wonderful settings. Colors tend towards pastels and soft hues. The temperature enables a wider selection of wardrobe possibilities. Cherry blossom season, wisteria, tulips to name a few. Petals flying through the air.
Cons: You won’t be the only ones out and about enjoying the renewal of the season, so if you are shy, or if you are in a city area, you’ll be contending with others. If you are prone to allergies, you won’t be too comfortable. The weather can be more unpredictable with more possibilities of having a rainy day.
Possible activities: picnics, walking under a canopy of cherry blossom trees, laying in a bed of flowers together, riding bicycles.
Pros: Warmer temperatures (this could lend itself to a con as well if it’s too warm). Beaches become an option. The day is longer, which will enable you to schedule a session for later in the day. The weather is more predictable. Sundresses and sandals become possibilities.
Cons: If you live in NYC, you’ll be contending with many others who are also enjoying what the summer has to bring. Can sometimes be too hot which may affect your hair and makeup negatively.
Possible activities: water related activities like being on a boat or playing on the beach, walking along a boardwalk, carnivals and fairs.
Pros: Fall foliage creates a stunning backdrop. The temperature allows for a wider range of clothing choices. The colors reflecting off the autumn hues are warm and lush. You can also take advantage of the fun activities at this time of the year.
Cons: Autumn is prime wedding season, so you might have a harder time scheduling your session (plan ahead!). Weather could potentially work against you and the leaves might not be ready, or might even have all fallen.
Possible activities: hiking, playing in a leaf pile, Halloween themes, pumpkin and/or apple picking, hayrides.