Location scouting is a really important step in photo shoot planning. The environment you are photographed in plays a huge role in the aesthetic direction of your images. Deciding on indoor vs outdoor is a good starting point and below are some considerations as you’re looking for a backdrop for your shoot.
Locations can change unexpectedly and can look different depending on the time of day and weather. To get the most accurate evaluation of a potential location, try to check it out at around the same time of day your photo shoot is scheduled. The season, day of the week and public access are also things to consider. For example, if you choose a place that tourists often visit, keep in mind ideal dates and times to book around potential issues.
When scouting interiors, note where the windows are and how much available/natural light there is. Look for outlets to power lighting equipment.
-What environment will suit your project/vision best. Take a look at locations that are more likely to be a good fit aesthetically.
-Are you willing to pay to use a unique location where the property owner or city may require compensation to grant access?
-Do you have access to unique spaces or places that others wouldn’t?
-Multiple backgrounds in a single area or within a close radius (preferably walkable)
-Open unobstructed spaces such as big open warehouse, epic viewpoint of mountains/city, a field, by the water.
-Interesting textures, colours and patterns.
-Shade- This is important especially for a midday session when the sun is high and the light is harsh.
-posing aids such as stairs, chairs, walls, interesting objects you can interact with.
This may be an obvious note, but be sure to take photos from many angles to give the best sense of the area.
Take a 360 spin from the centre, get closer up shots of details like wall textures or objects that may be of interest during the shoot.
Have fun! You get to explore and find a space that will help tell your story, further your brands image, or at the very least, take a tour of your city.