One of my favourite parts of my job is scouting for the perfect location for my couple. I rarely reuse the same location as every couple is unique ( and if I do, the same location can look different in a different season ). I will first get a good idea of the feel the couple are after, whether it is rustic walls, luscious greens or blue sky and oceans.
People often ask me what makes a good backdrop for photography.
So here are the 4 things I look for :
I tend to choose locations that are quiet and isolated so that my couple wont
be distracted and to ensure that the shot is clean with no clutter ( such
as cars, poles, other people passing or anything that will take the focus off the person or couple )
It is all about texture. Even though green is not my favourite color, it makes an amazing backdrop. Whether it is a garden, park, forest or just a hedge wall, greens look peaceful, calming and complimenting in portraits. Other textures that look great in portraits are brick walls, old rusted doors,
high dry grainfields, rocky beaches etc.
A row of trees, the sealines, doors are all pleasing to the eye and show depth to an image.
It is important to keep skin tones real so I like shooting on pathways or any neutral grounds instead of grass as the green in the grass will reflect onto the persons face!
This week I went for a drive up the mountains with my friend in search for a location for an upcoming engagement shoot. It was a rainy, foggy day and the forest looked magical in its mist. I took this shot just on my iphone as my friend carrying her daughter was walking back to my car ( in their trendy double denim!). I think my couple will be stoked!