The most commonly asked question I get sent is “how do you find photoshoot locations?”, so I thought I’d pop together some top tips to use when looking for places to shoot…
Walk, Walk, Walk
We’re lucky to live in a really beautiful part of the country that has so many stunning walking routes. But, I’m sure wherever you are with a little research you could find some great routes. We get out regularly to walk the dog and this is a great opportunity to look for potential photoshoot locations.
Search location tags on Instagram
Instagram is a great way to find great photoshoot locations. I use it a bit like Pinterest and search location tags using the ‘save’ button to build a library of places I’d like to go and shoot. This saved collection is then a great resource to refer to when planning shoots.
Join local photography community groups
Facebook groups are a great way to meet fellow photographers in your community. If you can’t find one in your area, why not set one up? There will be commonly known locations which other togs are likely to share happily. But keep in mind that if a photographer has spent hours hunting for a unique photoshoot ocation they’re unlikely to share that info freely.
Always have your location scouting hat on
No matter where I am or what I’m doing, I’ve always got location scouting in the back of my mind. Sometimes inspiration for a shoot will come to be at the most random time, and I think “I have to come back and shoot here”. For example, this image of B isn’t taken in a massive flower field, it’s a small patch of daisies that grows next to a big roundabout on the outskirts of our village. I drove past on my way home and the idea came to me, that evening I headed back out with a cheeky toddler to shoot.