6 Ways to Find the Perfect Session Location for Your Portraits

One of the best parts of hiring a professional photographer who’s been doing this whole picture-taking thing for a while is that I have a huge arsenal of incredible session locations for you to choose from and here on the North Island, there is no shortage of amazing, unique and breathtaking locations to choose from!

That said, I totally understand that you want to have a say in choosing your portrait session backdrop. It’s your session, after all! To be honest, I'm always super eager to hear what you have in mind, and I might even have some sweet location ideas to share with you off the top of my head.

6 Ways to Find the Perfect Session Location for Your Portraits

Really, choosing the best location for your portrait session with your fur-kid is about figuring out what vibe you’re going for, and then from there, we can brainstorm together to find a spot that’ll make your heart skip a beat. Here are six ways to jump-start the process:

· Consider Your Preferred Style: The best portrait sessions capture your existing style. Think of what your favorite outfits are and what sort of style you’re drawn to, and then we’ll come up with a complimentary session location. For example, if you lean toward bohemian, then an urban landscape may not be your jam.

· Consider your fur-baby: Some fur-kids have great recall and love romping on the beach and have an amazing time. Some fur-kids prefer a quiet and more secluded park where there aren't many people or other fur-kids to distract them. One of the biggest keys to finding the best session location is all about finding a spot that you and your fur-kid feel safe, relaxed, and secure.

· Think About Color: Do you want a bright and splendid backdrop filled with luscious and vibrant colors and flowers or one that’s more minimalist filled with the softer more muted colors of the Pacific Northwest? By narrowing down your preferred color story, we can narrow down your session location.

· How Many Pets + People Will Be Photographed?: This detail matters for a few locations. If it’s just you or a few people or pets total, then your options are pretty limitless. Large groups, however, require large and open spaces, otherwise, things may start to feel crowded or overwhelming during the shoot itself.

· Consider Sentimental Spots: If a location has special meaning to you and your fur-kid then it can make your session and images even more personalized. For example, sessions that are taken at your fur-kids favorite pet-friendly cafe or their favorite trail to hike, images were taken in your front yard all make for a heartwarming story you'll never forget and will add that much more to your final images.

· Look at Some of Your Favorite Images: What sort of portrait images are you drawn to when scrolling through social media or flipping through a magazine? Is it rich, lush greenery? Is it gritty graffiti? Hazy fields? Modern lines? Let this natural inclination inform your session location choice.

I hope some of these ideas get you thinking about the perfect location for your own pet photography session and I cannot wait to hear all your amazing ideas! If you're ready to start your pet photography session journey - be sure to give me a bark!