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Location Scouting For Family Portraits | Family Photographer

Location Scouting For Family Portraits

Location scouting for Family Portraits in the busy photo season is here, in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and Eastern Wyoming! Really it’s all over, but let’s bring it back home to our Beautiful Black Hills. Think of where you love to spend your free time. Location Scouting helps tell your story.

Location Scouting For Family Portraits Custer State Park Family Portraits

Photographers can help here

Most photographers leave the location of your portrait sessions up to you with a few requests that will match their style! As you’ll see throughout this post, most of my clients love showcasing the natural beauty of our home states. For most of my sessions, outdoor, open-air environments are always my first choice. I love shooting in wide-open natural spaces because the light is divine, especially during golden hour. There are great options all around the area, so even if you don’t see a specific place, I’m always up for exploring a new spot together!

Think outside the box on this one. You want it to be a location that is on point for what you want your photos to look like. If you are envisioning a meadow with trees in the distance as your background you are not going to want to head up the forest part of the mountain.

Location Scouting For Family Portraits Custer State Park Family Portraits

Time to Brain Storm

I encourage you to brainstorm unique places that you might have special access to that most people don’t. For example, maybe you (or someone you know) have access to an amazing location that would otherwise be off-limits, like a beautiful private estate, family ranch, exclusive country club, or luxury resort. Spend a few minutes thinking about it and checking around with people in your personal and professional network. You’ll be surprised by what you come up with! If something seems out of reach, just remember: you never know until you ask! You can also consider Airbnb or other property rental sites. In the past, my clients have secured permission to shoot in some pretty incredible places!

Location Scouting For Family Portraits Custer State Park Family Portraits

For more amazing information click here and read my Style Guide which has helped so many clients.

Custer State Park family Photo Session

June 8, 2023

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