“This session was very unique for me considering that I had never been to the shoot location before. This location meant so much to Anissa, because it’s the same Christian summer camp that she went to when she was a child and now works there as a leader.
I took some excellent steps to ensure that, even though I hadn’t shot at the location before, I could still give my client amazing images!”
Tosha’s Photography Tip:
Shooting at a location that I had never been to, and was so far away that I wasn’t about to test shoot there, absolutely made me nervous at first!
But now that I’ve done it, I have some excellent tips that can help you overcome those nerves and let your creative juices flow.
First, get an idea from your client of what’s at the location. I explained to Anissa and her mom that when I shoot at a location I like to know that there is a lot of variety to work with.
They explained that it was a wooded location that had little cabins, a little beach, and multiple little areas that the camp used for different events.
The second thing I did was use Google Earth to get an aerial view of the location, which helped me get an idea of where the sun would be while we were there.
The beach was tiny but seemed great to add that extra something to the images. My view was very wooded but I could tell there were various overturned logs and fallen trees that would make for great environmental backgrounds.
This got me super pumped to shoot there!
With all the prep work I had done, once I finally got to the location I felt pretty prepared! If I hadn’t, I would have been stressing out trying to find all of these little spots and may have missed the timeline for our second location, which was to take place in town during dusk.
Bonus tip: Be sure to charge for the extra travel and time. This location was an hour away, which extended my overall time of the shoot and travel from 2 hours to 4. Plus the drive was extra in gas, which needs to be accounted for.
Branch out of your comfort zone and take on new challenges. I hope this little tip helps!
Tosha used a Nikon D700 (affiliate link) and a Nikon D300 (affiliate link) with a Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 lens (affiliate link) and a Nikkor 50mm 1.8 lens (affiliate link) to capture these images.
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One of the best ways to make sure all travel expenses are covered for travel outside of your usual radius is by putting all travel expenses and additional mileage in your senior portrait contract (affiliate link).
That way, the client understands from the beginning that they are responsible for those fees and it’s worked into their total session fee.