Hey guys today I am going to talk bit about location.
So the who, what and when of your session is all planned but now we have to think about where? I am not a studio photographer. Oh sometimes I think I might do studio work, the light is always even, the weather doesn't affect it...but then I start thinking about how everybody's pictures look exactly the same, there's no individuality and I would get soooooo bored. Y'all I didn't get into this to be bored. Plus, all I can think is why would anyone want pictures hanging on their walls (real or virtual) that look exactly like hundreds of other people's when there is an amazing beautiful world of ever changing "backdrops" all around us?!?! Now being able to choose a location that allows you to have much more interesting and meaningful images is a good thing, but it does mean that you have tougher choices to make. Don't worry, I am going to help you!
Now when you schedule a session with me, unless you have a very specific location already picked out with the proper permission needed to photograph there, I will choose a location for you based on your wants, needs, and proximity to your home. When I am talking with you about locations I will give you some options. We will get into those in a minute. You'll want to think about your personal style and the style of your home decor when selecting one of these options. After all, the point of all this is to have beautiful images to display on the walls of your home. If you're home is sleek and modern, you're probably going to want to choose an urban location to keep with that modern look. If you are more rustic in your decor then you might choose to have your photos made in a park with a nice wooded area. At any rate, I have lots of options in the area to photograph at. In some cases I might have you meet me in an easy to find place in order to have you follow me to the location that might be less easy to find. In some cases I might get you there and you might look at me like I am totally out of my mind. In any case you can rest assured that I know exactly what I will see when I look through the lens of my camera and it will be beautiful.
Ok, now we have to talk about permits and fees. There are some AHHHHHHHHMAZING locations in our area that offer "backdrops" that are just gorgeous. Many of these locations are free to use. Some of these locations require a fee, some require a permit, some require both. My policy is that if a client chooses a location that requires a fee the client will be required to pay that fee prior to our session date. If a location requires a permit to photograph there, it will be up to the client to obtain the permit and make sure that they have it to show on session day. I will provide a list of locations at the end of this post that I know require a fee or a permit or both.
Okay, enough blabber. Let's talk about those location options.
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Water Locations (rivers, lakes, streams)
Farms & Vineyards
Cities & Towns
If you know of any other great locations I NEED to check out in the Orange, Culpeper, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Stafford area please let me know in the comments below!