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How Many Locations Do You Use?

  • 12 January 2022
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How Many Locations Do You Use?
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This is One of My Favorite Locations to Shoot


Location scouting can be super fun, but also time consuming!  And finding in some places, finding locations to shoot at that don’t require a fee or a permit can be tough.  So what do you do?  Are you always on the lookout for new spots or do you have a few go-tos that are your favorite and you rotate between them?

I personally think there is a great case for sticking with a small number of locations and allowing your clients to choose only from them.  It allows you to become very familiar with the light and landscape.  It saves time in looking for new places and arriving early to scout the area for the best spot.  It also helps provide consistency in your photos and set expectations for what your clients can expect.

All of that being said, I know plenty of other photographers who love shooting all over the place.  So, what do you prefer?  Are you a less is more photog when it comes to locations, or the more the merrier?


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Hi Ashley!  I don’t have a specific number of locations that I use, but there are a few places that are super awesome around me.  One is an abandoned Army Fort and there are a LOT of areas out there to use; unfortunately, there are also a LOT of other photographers in my area that use the same locations.  There are several local parks also that are niceeee…   I really would like to go location scouting and maybe narrow them down so like you said I can learn the lighting and really hone in on that to make it work for me!  Here’s to exploring 2022! :wink:

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I have a few favorite locations that I frequently recommend, but I’m constantly on the look out for new locations as well! My goal is to find some hidden gem locations in my area that I can become known for shooting at! :fingers_crossed_tone1:

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Hey @JenniferPayne, I would love to see what the abandoned Army Fort looks like.  I bet its really cool (which is probably also why its so busy lol).  We had one not far from us where we used to live and I never even though of using it! :face_palm_tone1:
@JHPhotography I think the hidden gem idea is great!  I am hoping to do that with my own property.  It will take a few years for sure, but the goal is to have little spots around our property that have features people will be excited to drive out to me for!  I’m thinking an arbor, maybe a little bride or pathway, and I would LOVE to plant wildflowers or sunflowers… I just need about 35 extra hours in the day lol… but I’ll get there!

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