How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location

  • By Julie Ewing

How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location

Choosing a photo shoot location might seem like a big deal but it really doesn't have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:


1. What kind of theme do I want?

If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your ideas, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. If you don't know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around your city for inspiration. It's easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask your photographer for ideas too.

2. Are you allowed to take pictures there?

Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind. If it's not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first. Many City buildings, Universities, Parks and Gardens require paid permits and special permissions.

3. Is it accessible?

Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round or you might not be able to get to them at all. Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location.

4. How do you get to your location?

Will it be easy to walk to the session location, remember your photographer will be carrying some gear. Are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot if required? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it.

5. Will the photo session be in a public place?

If the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic, you need to ask yourself whether you are comfortable being photographed in front of others. Will they be constantly on the background? You might want to rethink your choice in location.

6. What's the light like at that time of day?

Light is super important, when going to a location for a photo session, early morning, or late in the afternoon are the best light. Bright sun and harsh shadows are not what you want in your photos, so the middle of the day is avoided. Photographers have places they know well and when the light is best, it is best to have a chat.

Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot.


We have a unique purpose built outdoor studio and an indoor studio, all at one location in Northcote, Melbourne. Light is always perfect in a Studio, time of day is not so important, so times are selected to best suit children. We also travel to locations that are important to you.

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