Ordinary to Extraordinary

Jimmy and Thai

Often times as photographers we will shoot at the same locations throughout the year. And in all honesty, it does get very boring. In this case, the location above I’ve shot at for maybe 7-10 times and it was usually during the spring season where everything was bright and green. I told myself to never shoot there again or try my best to convince my clients to go somewhere new. Before my clients book me for a shoot, I would talk to them just to get a feeling of who they are and what they like to do together so that I can direct them to certain locations around the area that would fit their personalities. I always try my best to shoot at new locations because it helps my photos stay fresh and it gives my portfolio more variety.

Jimmy and Thai

In this shoot I wanted to do just that, but the location was changed last minute. As a photographer, we always deal with things changing and that’s totally ok. I had no choice but to roll with it and the results turned out great! Even though I’ve shot at this location many times before, the scene became something very new because of the change in seasons. Everything was beautiful shades of browns, oranges and yellows with small accents of green tones left by the remaining leaves from the fall season. It was a totally new place! The surrounding gave the photos this beautiful glow and atmosphere that I was looking for. I am very glad that the location was changed or else I would not have been able to capture these images. It really opened my eyes and allowed me to grow as a photographer.

Jimmy and Thai

So if you are stuck in the rut or are tired of shooting the same locations again and again, try to see the location in a different light. In this case, it was seeing the location during a different season because the surrounding and lighting changed. Often time we don’t think about how our subjects interact with the background and vice versa, but that’s probably one of the most important things to consider when shooting. Location and placement of your subject can either make or break a photo.

Jimmy and Thai

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