Now that the sun is back (!!!) and the sessions are booking up I find myself in constant location scouting mode :) I do not love to repeat locations over and over (though I am always happy to repeat a location at the request of a client!) and finding new spots really helps my creativity.
So how do I find a location? I look for them wherever I go.Basically, what I’m saying is, I’m a hazard when I’m driving ;) Really though, you won’t find new locations by sticking to your same route or by going on the exact same walk every day.
So, I regularly look up new parks online to check them out and look for features like ponds, playgrounds, jogging paths and bridges.
My family and I regularly walk the Provo Parkway trail — and if you’re not familiar with it, it’s EVERWHERE :) You can start at a different spot and discover something completely new each time!
Ok, and can I just say, I have yet to find any other location that has this much fall color variety in such a small area … so always keep your eyes open and you’ll be amazed at what you can find!
And a completely different spot along the trail here in Provo produces a completely different picture (in a different season too of course).
We also do weekly hikes and that has opened my eyes to some of my favorite locations just off the beaten track (and I can’t wait to find some new ones this year!)
And driving new routes is a great time to look out for bright pops of color.
And just yesterday I had a SUPER fun shoot … and it took place in a weedy lot adjacent to parking right off of a busy street. (yes, the pallet was already there hidden in a corner of junk … so I dragged it up the hill … how lucky am I? ;)
So, my Friday tip of the day? EXPLORE with your eyes wide open. Notice the light, the texture, the color and you’ll find less-obvious locations of beauty (because who wants to share a location with ten other photogs at the same obvious place that everyone takes pictures at?!)