3 TIPS FOR FINDING OUTFIT PHOTO LOCATIONS

My primary clientele consists of fashion/style bloggers, who kill the style game with a stellar outfit day after day, week after week! These outfit posts garner the attention of popular brands, and catapult their careers to new heights! I've had the opportunity to work with a lot of amazing style bloggers, and I'm always asked:

"HOW THE HECK DO YOU FIND
SUCH COOL LOCATIONS TO SHOOT?"

I think a great outfit should be complimented with an equally great location. Prior to my shoots, I always ask my clients what they plan to wear, and to provide images of their outfits, if possible. This helps me to find locations that have colors that compliment the look, rather than take-away from it. My personal aesthetic as a photographer, gravitates for locations set in the city. A lot of my clients know me for my "street-style-esque" shots, and is why they seek to work with me! Whatever your preference is, here are 3 tips to finding the perfect outfit photo shoot location:

1. TAKE A DRIVE AND GET LOST

If you're new to photography/fashion blogging, I recommend driving through your city with the sole purpose of finding locations to shoot at. You can do this anytime. Got a few minutes before work? Take a turn on a street you've never driven on. Plan a day on the weekend to drive around a part of town you've never seen. Instead of getting on the highway, take the streets to your next destination to see what you can find along the way! I challenge you to take it a step further and park the car to walk around! New to your city? A sure-fire way to aquatinted is to go location scouting! If you're like me, and have lived in a city for years, location scouting by foot is the perfect way to stumble upon unsuspecting city gems! 

2. VIRTUALLY DRIVE WITH GOOGLE MAPS

I've lived in Atlanta almost my whole life, so I'm very comfortable with the city. I have a mental picture of what most neighborhoods and cities look like. If a client has a specific idea on the background scenery they'd like to shoot in, I can usually supply a location without scouting on foot. Other times, I need a little guidance. For instance, a few weekends ago, the babes of BluHazl.com wanted to shoot a few looks on a solid colored brick wall. I scanned my memory to recall where in the city we could shoot. I came up blank, but thought of a few neighborhoods that may have solid colored brick walls. Our shoot was an impromptu one the next morning, and I wouldn't have time to location scout on foot.

Enter my lifesaving tool: GOOGLE MAPS! 

Most people don't know that you can virtually drive through any street, thanks to those fantastic people at Goggle! Here's a quick video tutorial on how I use it to find scour neighborhoods to find the perfect spot! We ended up shooting on the white solid colored brick wall found at the end of the video! Peep the pics below! 

 
 

3. GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS IN YOUR CITY

Okay, so I know this one sounds kind of crazy, but trust me it works! I personally feel that there are more portrait photographers in a city, that shoot families, engagements, senior portraits, etc, than photographers who shoot fashion/street style in outdoor settings. If you're a style blogger/photographer you're  most likely not looking at traditional portrait photographers for inspiration, but you should! They're a one-stop shop for finding a cool new location! Since I'm in Atlanta, I will Google Image Search " Atlanta Engagement Sessions", as I've found more of these images to be in city settings, versus any other type of portrait photogrpahy. If you're not familiar with Google Image Search, it's similar to a regular Google search, however, you'll be presented with images that match the search term, instead of direct links. Of course you can click the image, and you'll be directed to the site where it came from. Most often times, you'll stumble across the blog of a photographer, and they'll give you deets on the location of the shoot! Voila! New outfit locations on deck! 

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