Where do you want your photographs to be taken?
The location where we'll work is another important decision you need to make prior to the date of your session. And the time for you to start thinking about it is sooner than later. Try to picture yourself having your photographs taken. Where are you? What are you doing? "See" yourself in the setting of your choice looking fabulous and happy. Now is the time to start enjoying the process. Begin by envisioning how you will look and where you will be.
You will have three main options for location. My studio in Eagan, MN, which is located 5 minutes from the Mall of America, your home, or another location of your choosing such as a park, the beach, a downtown building or alley, etc.
If it will be at my studio, I need to reserve that date and time to make sure it's available for you. Obviously, the sooner you make that decision the better. The advantage of working in the studio is I have access to all of my equipment and studio lighting setups versus the lighting equipment I can carry when working on location.
If it will be in your home, there are several advantages to that decision as well. You have your entire wardrobe at your disposal (big plus). You can control the activities going on in your home the day of your session. And your home is probably where you will feel the most comfortable.
If we will be working in your home, I would like an opportunity to see what issues we may face logistically and the types of backgrounds that will be available to us. If I'm not able to inspect your home in person prior to your session, it is helpful to receive a few wide angle photographs of the interior and exterior of your home in an email. These do not have to be anything special, something taken with your cell phone will be fine.
Your third option is at a location other than your home. Prior to your session you may have scouted out an area that you think would be perfect for taking your photographs. Or maybe you just have an idea and think it would be great to take your photograph in that kind of setting. By discussing your thoughts with me in advance, we can put or heads together and come up with something that works.
If you have a place in mind, I'd like an opportunity to check it out ahead of time to let my creative side roll around in it for a while. Sometimes my best ideas come to me when I'm not actively thinking about it. And depending on the location, another consideration is that there may be a charge to use or be in that space. We want to determine that before getting there.
Having said all that, we will be able to find places to take great photographs almost anywhere. More often than I'd like, I find myself working in unfamiliar surroundings. By knowing what to look for and how to set camera settings, we can create terrific backgrounds where you least expect them. And the odd thing is, you can usually find different backgrounds all in the same general area simply by changing your camera angle or moving a few feet one way or the other. Life itself is a backdrop. Being able to envision the possibilities of what's around you is a skill that takes experience, knowledge, and a little something else that's hard to put a finger on. If you're at a loss for where you want your photographs taken, not to worry. We'll come up with a plan.
The one thing I want you to remember is this. Enjoy the experience. Enjoy this aspect of thinking and daydreaming about where your pictures will be taken and how fabulous you will look. Have fun with it. If it's stressing you out, stop and remember, this is supposed to be fun. When in doubt, let's talk and turn it back into fun.