Location, location, location! YES, location is important! It adds to the experience for your client, brings about the aesthetics for your photography, and can be a source of inspiration.
During every pre-session consultation, I talk to the client about the type of look they are going for in their photographs. Their feedback will greatly impact my decision. I’ve been truly lucky to have many clients that defer to my professional expertise and let me run with it artistically! However, whether the client has an idea or I get full rein, there are a few things I look at specifically.
This one I think is pretty self-explanatory!
Density of population
I choose times and locations where there are less people around to watch. I personally don’t mind when others watch me shoot, but I know for many clients it is already uncomfortable being in front of the camera. Let alone other people watching!
Aesthetic goal of the session
Am I looking for romantic? or fun? Whimsical or urban?
Yes, walkability! I don’t like utilizing just one location; I love to have multiple locations within walking distance. Having this characteristic to a location works to many advantages; gives me time to talk to the client, different lighting situations, various perspectives, and if shooting kids, lets them run around!
Depending on the client, just because I’m inspired doesn’t mean they are able or willing to drive X miles out of their way. So I compromise 🙂
Keeping these things in mind will help you scout the best locations for you and your client.