I think just about everyone reading this can agree that our dream photography locations are big tall grass fields with nothing in background but beautiful greenery or the sky. Don’t know what I’m talking about, well this shot of my daughter pretty much sums it up.
But lets face it, not everyone is going to be able to find a field like this. Whether most of the fields in your area are privately owned or the grass in your area just doesn’t grow. My favorite field in the above picture got mowed! It was actually being mowed when I showed up for that session with my daughter. So now I’m out of luck. I’ve got no fun field to take photos in, so I improvise. Not only am I going to show you how to spot places that would be amazing photography locations. But to also see the beauty in an otherwise less ideal place.
I won’t lie; most of the time when I go places I am constantly commenting about the light or how it would be gorgeous to take photos in this place or that. I use drives to the store, the nursery or even to the gym to scout out locations that I might not have found yet. I’m going to show you three examples of places I found by just driving around and using my imagination on what kind of photos I could dream up.
First up in a trailhead by our local river. The majority of this trail is covered in trees. But the entrance of the trail was perfect! Initially I thought the small hill to the right of the trail would be perfect for silhouette, which it is, but I was eaten alive my mosquitos so we had to high tail it out of there before sunset. But before that I was able to get a couple shots. Now it wasn’t ideal and I knew I might have to do a creative edit with the fence (the second result photos my daughter is actually standing in front to the fence) but the end results were exactly what I was looking for!
The next place I found when we went to the 4th of July parade in the neighboring city, it was used for parking. It looks to be an old train depot or storage of some sort, which was a jackpot for me. I’ve always wanted to take photos on trail tracks before but I would NEVER go on an active railway. So finding old tracks that were no longer in use (and I knew they weren’t in use because they ran directly into the high school football field and part of the track was totally missing) was so exciting and I had to come back. (*Disclaimer: Check with your State to see if it is legal to take photos on train tracks. I believe in Texas it may be illegal – Courtney) As you can see it wasn’t the most beautiful place look at it as a whole. But there were little areas that my daughter played around that were perfect. There were also houses behind it so I just made sure my angles were okay and if not judged whether my background that could be easily cloned.
Last but not least, I found this little area on a walk with my daughter. I had passed it many times prior and had always thought it was a great location. It’s just a huge vacant lot that I’m sure will be turned into a subdivision some day but for now there was the perfect amount of clearing for some photos.
I challenge you to drive around town or look at your route on the way to work/gym/church and see if something catches your eye. I bet you anything you’ve got a beautiful little location right by your house that you never even thought of trying.
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Where is one of your favorite photography locations?