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Finding Great Shooting Locations: Change it Up

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We’re continuing in our Blog Series: Finding Great Shooting Locations with Melissa Jill. Today we’re going to focus on the importance of keeping it fresh and new. Creatively, you must stay inspired! And, changing up your locations is vital. What do you do when you can’t change your location though? When you have to shoot in a location you’ve shot at dozens of times before? We have some great tips from Melissa!

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Today I’m continuing my series for photographers on tips for finding great shooting locations. Click below to get caught up on the series up to this point!

Part One: Make it Personal
Part Two: Light Trumps Background
Part Three: Compositional Elements

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Finding Great Shooting Locations: Compositional Elements

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We’re continuing in our Blog Series: Finding Great Shooting Locations with Melissa Jill. Today we’re going to highlight the necessities of composition at your location. Finding good locations to shoot in is a challenge that every photographer goes through. We’ve brought in one of the best in the business to help dissect the different aspects involved in finding great wedding photography locations!
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Hey folks! If you’ve missed the first two posts in this series, click below to get caught up!

Part One: Make it Personal
Part Two: Light Trumps Background

As I mentioned in Part Two, my main source of inspiration for picking spots while shooting an engagement session or portraits during a wedding is light. I look for great light and let that direct my choices. Light is always my first concern, but often other things that help guide me are inspirational found objects and the opportunity to employ compositional elements.

Using inspiring objects to help guide location choices is a “no duh” for photographers — everyone does this. But I thought I’d mention it for the sake of being thorough :). Shadows aren’t objects per-se but they can function as such. I saw the shadow of this tree on the wall and it inspired me to create this image:

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Finding Great Shooting Locations: Light Trumps Background

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We’re continuing in our Blog Series: Finding Great Shooting Locations with Melissa Jill. Today we’re going to focus on the secrets to finding good light whenever you are selecting a location!
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Today I’m continuing my series for photographers on tips for finding great shooting locations. Last week I talked about choosing locations based on who your client is — making each shoot personal and unique.

Whether you’re shooting portraits on a wedding day, engagement photos, or family portraits, you as a photographer are the one your clients trust to guide the shoot and place them in great locations. Oftentimes clients think we’re just looking for great backgrounds to use for the photos. We’ve all grown up taking our family portraits in front of the fireplace, taking vacation photos posing next to statues and taking outdoor portraits in front of fountains, right? Because everyone knows that the best spots for photos are by fireplaces, statues and fountains :). We laugh about this as professional photographers, but we have our very own equivalents to fireplaces, statues and fountains. They are: brightly colored walls, fields and alleys. We’re on the look-out during shoots for anything we think will serve as a great background for our portraits. [···]

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Finding Great Shooting Locations: Make it Personal

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As a professional wedding photographer, finding unique shooting locations for your couples can be quite the challenge! As the years go by, clients tend to request the same locations, and you’re required to get unique images each and every time. Or, if you’re lucky, they might turn to you for advice. But, if you’re like so many photographers, its tough to think of new and amazing photo locations each and every time.

To help us out, we’ve brought in Melissa Jill, an established (and amazing) Arizona Wedding Photographer. She’s going to break down a TON of tips and tricks over the course of 5 amazing blog posts. Today’s is the first installment:
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I know I get bored and uninspired when I shoot at the same location over and over. And it can be VERY challenging as a photographer to come up with new locations — especially when you’ve been in business in the same city for YEARS. So photographers — I feel your pain.
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