Location, location, location. As with business, location can play a big part in portraits. But it's easy to overthink things. It's easy to get caught up in the search for the perfect scenery and miss some great locations for great portraits.
When I leave the studio for a session, I often stay close to home and shoot around the Caldwell area. With such great locations nearby, there's no reason to travel very far. Downtown Caldwell is getting a facelift with some updated storefronts starting to take shape, but there are also some great classic architectural gems to use as a backdrop for portraits. I photographed Hailey in front of The Bird Stop and also used the façade of a newly renovated building for a fashion-inspired session.
The brick texture and ironwork were visually interesting and made a nice backdrop for Hailey. The pose has great curves and the placement of her arms just add to the overall pose.
Within a few feet of this first location there were some windows and door accents that added some character to the brick exterior. I moved around to shoot from some different angles to get these two images. Both were retouched with a washed out finish for a stylized look.
We moved to a location about one block away. It was an old building that had been vacant for years and had just been remodeled. The railing was new and had a nice metallic look to it. It was the perfect place to shoot so, of course, we used the railing as a prop. The retouching included giving the images a blue cast to match the metallic look of the railing.
This final image was shot straight onto the building to show off the lines and textures on the side of the building. Because this was more architectural in nature, it was photographed to show some of the scope of the building and retouched for high impact with Hailey striking a pose in the lower portion of the image.
Before we wrapped up, we stopped in front of a large exterior wall next to the train depot. It was a simple wall, but complimented Hailey's skin tones beautifully.
Locations don't have to be complicated. Figuring out what works is part of the fun and creates a memorable experience. So take a look around. The best locations are just waiting to be found.
If you'd like some more information about scheduling a portrait session in one of these great locations, contact me and we can start planning today.