How To Find Good Photography Locations
You can find good photo locations no matter where you are. Living in Colorado, it’s certainly not a struggle to find some breathtaking locations. But growing up in the midwest, I worked a lot with rural neighborhoods, corn fields, and sidewalk flowers. There are different “challenges” that have become popular over the years; one of my favorites being the hobby lobby challenge. You just head to your local hobby store and take photos in the floral department and the results are FANTASTIC. Jessica Kobeissi also does “Ugly Photoshoot Location” challenges. I love how inspiring it can be to see photographers take these mediocre locations and turn them into art.
Sometimes time constraints keep me from driving an hour and a half into the mountains so I have to make do with what is around! To prepare for that, I’m constantly looking for new locations - and to remember them, I take a photo on my iPhone (which geotags it) and add it into a “Location Scouting” Folder! So the next time I only have 15 minutes for a shoot, I don’t have to spend time figuring out somewhere close to go. Not living in a downtown metropolis, this is easier said than done when wanting more nature themed scenery and background, but its possible to do in larger cities as well.
How To Find a Great Photoshoot Location: Your Neighborhood
The following photos were taken with Angie Sayers of The Two Sayers. We met up at local Denver coffee shop Denver Bicycle Cafe and just walked around the neighborhood shooting! We found some awesome brick walls, lavender, pine trees, and a cool blue houses, and an alley full of garbage cans. The location was a ten minute walk from my downtown apartment and made for the perfect quick little shoot!
Ugly Location Photoshoot Challenge: Behind Grocery Stores, Stadiums, and Alleyways
This next location was with Lynnsey of The Fox Travels. We LOVE Paige Arminta and really wanted to take part in her weekly photoshoot challenges. However, our schedules made it awfully hard to find more than an hour to drive to the location, shoot, and drive home. Because of this, we scoured google earth for some locations between where the two of us lived - and came up with a lot of fun places! The first photos are from behind a grocery store (literally next to a trash compactor), the second set is from a school football stadium, and the third is from an alleyway in downtown Grand Junction.
How To Find a Good Photoshoot Locations: Urban Spaces
These photos were taken with Denvers Sunday Night Meets at the Millennium Bridge downtown! A very popular spot for photographers and I think my third time shooting there because it’s such a great spot for brand and product images too! It was awesome meeting up with the Sunday Night Meets crew though, everyone is SO friendly and I would totally recommend it if you’re a model or photographer looking for more opportunities to just get in front of or behind the camera. These photos are with photographer Zach Alvidrez and model Michelle!