When you make the decision to work with a professional photographer you want photos that will capture your personality. Whether you are having photos taken of yourself, engagement photos or family portraits, choosing a location for the photo shoot plays a very important role.
The best way to do this is to choose a location that tells a little story, or offers intrigue or insight into your personality or lifestyle. A good place to start is to think about places that are special to you. Perhaps you enjoy taking walks together. Do you walk along a boardwalk or beach? Perhaps you take strolls on the main street of your neighbourhood. Do you have a family dog that joins you? Maybe you are closer to nature and take hikes in a lovely wooded area.
There are often familiar areas including your own backyard, a family cottage or favourite park or library. Perhaps the church or the school you and your children have all attended to establish a sense of community or history.
Another idea is to think about favourite past times. This is especially effective if you are having engagement photos taken. If you dance, shots in a dance hall are fun and sophisticated. If you frequent art galleries, this location offers a little culture and drama. For movie lovers there are some gorgeous architecturally interesting theatres that would make perfect backdrops for romantic photos. Do you love tennis? Cycling? Skate Boarding? All of these past times offer places of interest perfect for photos and can even help dictate what you should wear.
Are you all about the hustle and bustle of downtown, or are you more about country comfort? Recognizable backdrops, even alleys and brick walls splattered with graffiti make excellent locations to reflect your edgy side, whereas country roads with rustic fences make spectacular scenes for the rural personality. Train stations and railroad tracks can make poignant symbols of the beginning of your life’s journey together for engagement shots.
Chris Cardy of Chris Cardy Imaging is a professional photographer who specializes in “capturing the essence” of her clients. Call Chris at 705-774-4928 for further information.