Lets talk a little about locations for senior portraits. Everyone wants locations that are different from what everyone else is doing and I strive to find places that haven’t been used repeatedly by every senior photographer in my area. When I’m not shooting, learning or taking care of business I am out driving around back alleys and back roads looking for the perfect spot for my seniors. It is difficult to find a location that other photographers haven’t used already, and when we do find one it’s not a secret for long. I have done sessions in some pretty odd locations from grave yards to my own back yard. What looks like a sprawling beautiful vista is sometimes a small area behind a taco bell.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret, the location isn’t really that important. The location is just a small part, it isn’t the focal point and it’s only used to enhance the overall picture. The most important part of your senior portraits is you, you are the unique part that nobody else in the world can duplicate. Your personality, attitude and appearance are exclusive to you. I can take several seniors to the same spot and get different looks because no two of you are the same. The two pictures above are the same location but have different looks. So don’t stress out about having the perfect location or a location that someone else has used because you are unique and special in your own way and what you bring to the table is what inspires me to create portraits that are uniquely and exclusively yours.
I’ll also add that no two photographers are alike, we all bring something different to the table as well. Several photographers can take shots in the same location and all come up with something different. When choosing your photographer don’t let price or obligation be your deciding factor. Choose your photographer based on their body of work, if you love their work and their style; hire them to create your portraits. If you love my work contact me today to discuss setting up your unique senior session.
Dana Cassle Baker