South Bend Senior Photography or “Flower Power” with Erin
This high school senior photography session with Erin I can truly call “Flower Power”. Before the session she had mentioned that she likes flowers and was going to bring some with her, and also some other props that would work great. I love flowers too and I was happy that there were still so many places in South Bend, IN with blooming flowers around. We definitely took advantage of it! Check it out on the photos below.
How I find the best locations for photography sessions
In this post I also decided to share with you how I choose locations for photo sessions. I should admit, I like making each photo session unique and I like trying new locations. I’m always happy when you suggest me a place that is meaningful to you or that you find interesting. This way I’ve already discovered many hidden gems in Michiana and beyond.
Sometimes you like the photos I made in a particular place and want similar for yourself, or you want me to suggest a better place for our photoshoot. Then I come up with a list of my favorite places for portraits. But this is my check list of what affects my decision on whether the location is good for photography or not:
- Light. I often say that “Light is my boss”. It’s the thing that will affect the photograph the most. Since I mostly work outdoors, I always keep in mind the direction of the sun at a particular time. Some locations work in the evening, some only in the morning, some can work only if it’s cloudy. I almost never position you facing the sun, so you don’t squint and feel comfortable looking at the camera. So, even if a location is gorgeous, I may not use it for your portraits simply because of the light.
- Your personality, your style. I like to hear what type of person you are and suggest locations based on that. For senior portrait sessions I even have a questionnaire I send out before the session to get to know you better and select locations and types of poses I can use during the shoot. Locations can be romantic, rustic, urban, natural, etc. I like working with any, but I want to know what works better for you.
- Variety of backgrounds and visually interesting places. Usually I prepare a route for each photo session, so we don’t stay at one place and have a variety of photos. I watch for colors and textures, geometry of architecture, leading lines and interesting objects. I like to have something at the location that you can lean on, sit on, hold or interact with.
- Accessibility. Last but not least, the location must be open to the public (unless it’s a prearranged session on a private property, or it’s your home/backyard, etc.), needs to have parking available and must not be crowded (unless it’s a photography session during special events like graduation, game days, etc.).
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