Hello there! Today I want to talk about a topic that I tend to get excited about … photoshoots. I know that sounds so dorky and I can’t believe I even get excited about taking pictures seeing that I usually end up feeling like a dweeb, but I really do enjoy finding unique places to take photos! Somedays I feel like there is literally no where to take photos and I can get in a creative rut when it comes to pictures and photoshoots. I’m here to help you get out of your creative funk and find some unique places to take pictures for your next photoshoot if you’re a blogger or just getting ready for some family photos!
One– Don’t be scared to take pictures indoors! I know that Rob and I are always wanting to do photoshoots outside, but some of the best pictures that I have come from a cafe or indoor location. The lighting can be tricky, but if you can always edit the photos in Lightroom or with editing apps to fix it.
Two– I know I’ve mentioned following photographers on social media in a post before about location scouting (read it here), but truly, one of the best ways to learn posing and to find good locations is by following local photographers on social media. I will be the first to admit that I am not a pro at photoshoots and it really helps me to see how the pros take photos when I am in a photoshoot funk.
Three– I’m not saying to go out there and copy people’s exact photos, but the beauty of following tons of bloggers and inspirational accounts is that if you see something that you like, try to recreate it! I do this all the time with people that I follow who live in bigger cities; if they have a really cool picture at a cafe with their computer and a newspaper I will try to recreate that somewhere that has the same vibe. I follow a TON of travel bloggers on instagram and once lavender pictures started popping up, I went out and found myself a field of wheat :P.
Four– If all else fails, start asking people for photoshoot location advice. I did this once and got a ton of recommendations for places that I would have never thought to go, and I even got a secret location once that I still haven’t made it to (secret as in it’s hard to access and you have to go on quite an adventure to get there). I didn’t realize how many people followed me who were local photographers or amateur photographers and they really had some great recommendations and were super willing to share their favorite places!
Five– To get great pictures, whether you’re taking them for Christmas card pictures or blogging pictures or whatever, you really have to get over feeling weird taking pictures in public. This took me YEARS to realize, but the more I didn’t care what people were thinking, the better the pictures would be. I used to be absolutely petrified if a single car drove by when we were taking pictures and now I am like move along people … let’s get this done! The funny thing about the pictures above is that Milk Dessert Bar was actually packed with tons of people and we took the cash register pictures as they all looked at us like we were crazy.
Do you all have any tips for getting that pic for the ‘gram? Do you get as crazy about locations as I do, or are you more of a “make it work” type of person? Let me know in the comments!