Finding the perfect portrait location
One the things I love about my job is that I get to go location scouting! Several times each year, I take a day and just drive around looking for great locations for portraits.
Last week, I headed out with my camera, flask of tea and a kit-kat in search of some new locations for this year. My biggest problem (other than my flask of tea running out way too quickly), is not finding beautiful locations (after all we live in Colorado), my biggest problem is finding “perfect” locations.
An ideal location needs to have several attributes! Firstly, a location needs to be within a reasonable driving distance, so that you don’t have to spend an hour in the car before we even get started. Secondly, a location needs to be easily accessible so that you don’t have to park a mile away and trek in through mud and fields. Thirdly it needs to have some variety, so that your portraits don’t all look the same. Finally, it needs to have some shady areas so that we can all get out of that overpowering Colorado sun.
The first location I found had beautiful views, but there was nothing much there and boy was it windy. It checked a couple of boxes, but had no shade and no variety. Still, it was a great Mountain view!
Undeterred, I hopped back into my car (her name is Jemima – she’s an elderly white Expedition) and headed to a park location recommended by a friend,
This looks like it could be a fun spot for portraits!
On my way to my next spot I came across a herd of elk right beside the road – a photo opportunity not to be missed!
A herd of elk, grazing by the road, with the back side of the Flatirons behind them
The next location I found was perfect. It had everything. A parking lot right at the entrance, sweeping views, rocks, bushes, a bridge over a creek, an open meadow and a rustic snow fence!
A babbling brook and iron bridge at the entrance to the location
Some good Colorado red rock
Throw in a pretty meadow and a rustic fence and you have even more variety!
So, that was one great location. I was ready to call it good and go home for the day, having found this location, but decided to try just one more place before the sun set. Today was my lucky day! Another great location – a bridge, a brook, a meadow and mountain views! Two great locations in one day- I couldn’t believe my luck.
A beautiful setting for portraits
One of the biggest decisions you will have to make about your portrait session, other than what to wear, is choosing a location. You may want your location to reflect who you are, what your interests are, to be urban or scenic. Whatever you are looking for I will help you to find the perfect location for you.
I will be going out again soon, to look for more great locations! If you have any special requests for a particular type of location, leave a comment and I will let you know if I find anything.