Where to capture portraits on location

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Where to take location photos

Over the years I have been asked on many occasions to do a portrait photoshoot on location. These are great fun with kids as they can almost play and just be themselves. However, they work just the same with adults or families, so where do you take them?

Well, that’s easy, you want to find a location that isn’t too busy to avoid people in the background, but then where do you go? Some people will only see negatives and think everywhere is not good enough, the grass is too long, full of weeds, all graffiti on the walls etc.

What to look for

Once you stop seeing the negatives, the positives will be right there for you. Take a look at this photo, this was taken at the edge of an old castle ruins path, it was just long grass and weeds, but to me, it was just perfect for what I wanted to capture.

A child location portrait photo in the long grass in late summer.
Long grass in the summer makes such beautiful photos

Here is another example of how to use whats all around you to create lovely photos, using the outdoors like this produces photos with the most beautiful colours.

Child location portrait sitting in the front garden
This young boy was just sitting in his front garden
Location pregnancy photo using the long grass in a public play area
Pregnancy photo using a local field, I converted this image to black and white

Other locations to use for photos

Other locations include the beach, just go early or later in the day as the light is softer then and fewer people around. The woods are also a favourite of ours, especially in the Autumn months! Most of the time you can just shoot with natural daylight, but it’s worth having an external flash with you to use for fill light to add that sparkle to the persons face.

Below is an example of what you can capture in the woods on an average day, just using a simple fill light and a little post-production editing produces something great

kids photo in the woods during autumn
Sister love in the woods

If you have any questions or would like to know anything else, please put it int he comments below and we will answer any questions.

Thanks for reading

Nick Bunton Studios




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