People have said that a picture is worth a thousand words; a photo is a story told in a glance, but when the first impression is over you notices the intricate details that make up the scene. Now, there are three factors that contribute to the story you want to telling: They are the location of the photo shoot, the clothes you wear, and the props you use. These factors are the tools a person has to sculpt their personal story. This article deals with choosing the right location.
Location is like the stage the person acts their story out on. It is an integral part of the story telling process, for it sets the context for the events happening in the story. One famous example is the picture on the right, it is of a couple kissing in times square at the end of World War Two. It is also set in Times Square; if the picture was in a park or a hotel one might think it a engagement photo shoot, but its not. It is happening in the middle of New York city, a place where people usually don’t display such affection, this shows that the events that manifested in the kiss were momentous.Now in my experience as a photographer, I have found that there are three major location types. These are photoshoots set in the in the city, in nature, and somewhere in between.
Like the picture above, the backdrop of a city can be very dynamic. It also has a wide variety of different colors, textures, and architectural features that lend to a vary diverse photo shoot. Some things that I feel cities can say in a photograph, depending on where in the city you have your photo shoot, are: you have a unique modern since of style ( whether that mean sky scrapers or hipster coffee shops,) I believe cities also have a since of movement, and also a feeling of cultural context that are not as true in other settings. lastly cities are a great place fore people who have stories that are subtle and have a lot of depth that can shine through the chaos. A story that is special because it is apart of a larger picture, but it is also unique and can stand apart from it.
Nature on the other hand is a lot different in my opinion, it lends itself to a feeling of organic, natural, and innocent beauty that cities sometimes lack. It is also a great place for wide shots of you and the awesome displays of nature such as mountains or even just a field of flowers. Since the background is more subtle, it often leaves the main focus on you rather then on your surroundings. In nature, you stand out more. Its best for stories that stand alone and would be distracted from by a city background.
The third major location is the mix of city and nature. This a place where something was built, but now nature is reclaiming it. A perfect example of this would be an old barn that is run down and overgrown. It speaks has a place for people who have a very distinctive story to tell, but the story is contrasted by the decay of the barn. It is a great setting for people who are going through a lot of change and telling how they are overcoming the change. It is a great location no matter what event is happening in your life. However, I would be cautious choosing it too because it can also be too dark depending on the event happening. Like a family shoot is not necessarily something that needs that level of gravitas. Those are the three locations.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog. Also, if you feel like I missed something, and or you have some thoughts about location, I would love to hear your feedback.