When it comes to choosing a location for your engagement or family photography session here in NJ, my biggest priority is getting natural and timeless images. The location plays such an important role in not only how the photos look, but how comfortable you’ll feel during the session. Because I shoot all sessions on location or at a client’s home, we’ll have to decide on where we’ll shoot together. Some of the most popular spots I use for sessions are parks, gardens, historic locations, downtown areas, cities, or even your own backyard.
One thing I never want is for a group to feel uncomfortable or self-conscious being photographed by a professional due to passers-by. The majority of my sessions are during the weekdays, so crowded locations aren’t usually a concern. If we are planning a weekend session, consider if the location and timing need to be revised. Imagine the first nice weekend in spring at a local park. The weather might be great, however it’s usually packed and will likely mean lots of photo bombers in our shots!
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Is there a location that’s significant or special to you? A place you enjoy hanging out at; perhaps the library, your favorite ice cream shop, or the playground? What about an activity you do together; maybe it’s making cookies in the kitchen, exploring a local trail, or taking out the boat?
Keep in mind, some locations, like well-manicured private gardens, often require a photo permit. It is the client’s responsibility to check so they can obtain and pay for any required permits. Make sure to check their website before we make solid plans in choosing a location for your session.