Choosing a Location For Your Session

After doing hundreds of sessions by now (isn't that crazy?! sounds pretty exhausting to me but good thing I LOVE it!) I've learned a few things that can help you as a client to get the most out of your photography experience. I will be using this blog as part to educate others on what I've learned throughout the years. 

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One of the first things we will do when scheduling your session is pick a location. I have a location guide that I send to my clients of some of my favorite spots in the San Diego area to shoot in. If you have something special in mind I am of course always up for something new. But there are a lot of factors that go into a good location for your session. Hopefully the following information will help you determine what spot is right for you!

First thing to consider with your location is how the lighting will be. If we are shooting at the beach. We definitely want to shoot during golden hour. Golden hour begins one hour before sunset. This is the time when the light is soft, golden and the most flattering. If we're lucky we can even get in some amazing colorful sunsets into your photos!

That being said, yes, you can shoot at other times of the day at the beach but the lighting will be harsh and we will be limited on the angles and spots we are able to shoot at. Unless its a overcast day, thats a whole other story! If its overcast we can be pretty flexible when we shoot. Normally we'd want to start hours before sunset since the light is gone quicker those days. Another great time to shoot at the beach is during sunrise. Waking up at the crack of dawn is no easy task (for me anyway!) But is 100% worth it. Here in San Diego we have an incredible marine layer, which can be really fun to shoot in. 

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If we are shooting at a location more inland, perhaps behind some mountains, we have to get a bit more technical with our lighting. While sunset may technically be at 6pm, it will set more like 5pm in some locations. 

I do a lot of lifestyle indoor sessions, and when doing those I like to shoot in the middle of the day, whenever you feel the light is brightest in your home. For some clients thats mid morning from 11am-1pm. For my own home, lighting is best around 3pm. My favorite style of photography is dealing with natural light, and for that reason we have to be picky about the lighting! 

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As you might have noticed with my photographs, they are bright, colorful and airy. Editing plays a big part in the look of your final images, but locations also determine what type of photos you will have. I like locations that are minimal, don't have a lot of distractions and have lots of empty space. I like how my subjects can stand out in these spots.

Another thing to consider when choosing a location is how busy will it be? I can always get a good shot no matter where we are, but for the most part, picking somewhere more secluded will enable us to be more flexible with our location and posing. For example, if you're wanting a session in the summer, the beach will always be packed and busy! But in the fall or winter we can find plenty of spots that are basically private! 

I hope this helped you out! There are so many factors that go into your session, and I want everything to be perfect for you. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!