How to find the perfect location for your next Personal Branding shoot

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Choosing a photo shoot location for your next Personal Branding session 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:

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 your town for inspiration. It's easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas too.

Are you allowed to take photos there?

Make sure that you can 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.

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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. Taking pictures on a deserted dockside may look cool but it’s recommended not to put yourself or those with you, in harm’s way.

How do you get to 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 bathroom that’s close enough in case you need it.

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. If not, you might want to rethink your choice in location and choose somewhere a little more secluded.

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.

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P.S - If you would like to arrange an informal chat about your next headshot or personal branding session, either in person over coffee, or via phone/Skype, you can find more info here.