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How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location | Houston Family Photographer

June 30, 2016

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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.

unique Sugar Land outdoor family photo session on pier over lake

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 theme, 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 the city for inspiration. It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends and collaborate with your photographer for ideas as well. Your photographer may have preferred places to work that convey the style of their imagery. A photographer is always looking at the quantity, quality and direction of light to make flattering portraits. Trusting your photographer’s guidance on locations to suit your theme will typically yield the best outcomes.

Romantic black tie dressed couple in front of vintage gas station in Cypress Texas

2- Are you allowed to take pictures there? Make sure you can legally take photos at the location that you have in mind. If it’s not public property, you may need to get permission first. Please remember that train tracks are private property and it is illegal and very dangerous to perform photo shoots on them.

adorable family snuggling baby boy at park with yellow flowers in background

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 an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location. This is especially important to note if you have small children who may not be able to hike, climb and maneuver quite as well as you.

siblings playing in front of mom and dad against yellow brick wall in Richmond Texas

4- What are the specific details of your location? What is parking like at your location? Will it be easy to walk to the session location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that is close by in case you need it.

happy family of two boys sitting on rock in beautiful Houston park

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. Small children are easily distracted and may be harder to focus attention or more shy and withdrawn with lots of strangers around.

family of four on red concrete wall in Houston Heights urban photo shoot

Make sure your location doesn’t become a distraction from the ultimate goal of the session…creating beautiful portraits. YOU are the primary focus of your images. The location just adds a little to your story. It’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot but most important that you are comfortable, safe and relaxed for your photo shoot.

laughing baby girl with parents at sunset in the park

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The Queen B Photography is a contemporary Houston photographer serving Sugar Land, West University, Bellaire, River Oaks, The Heights, Memorial, Sienna Plantation,Richmond, Rosenberg, Spring, The Woodlands, Cypress, Katy and surrounding areas.


  1. Jennifer Woodward

    July 4th, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Great info here!

  2. Tamara Nelson

    July 5th, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Awesome blog post!!! I love all the information!

  3. Erin

    July 5th, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Great tips and amazing locations.

  4. alicia blackburn

    July 6th, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Great tips!!!

  5. Amanda

    July 7th, 2016 at 6:37 am

    This is great information! Great location examples as well!

  6. Maria

    July 19th, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Good information when booking a photo session!

  7. krystal

    July 19th, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    stunning locations and images.

  8. Michelle

    July 21st, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Awesome post with lots of great info for choosing the perfect location!

  9. Mary Beth

    September 22nd, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Great info!

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