How to Choose the Perfect Photo Shoot Location

I loooove when customers think outside the box. Andreas and Antigone are an amazing couple from Cyprus who recently got engaged. They were headed to Budapest for Sziget Festival and decided to book me through Flytographer for engagement photos while they were in town. These two are artists through and through, so we had fun choosing quirky locations for their engagement shoot.

How did we choose the perfect locations to capture Andreas and Antigone’s love in Budapest?

How to choose the perfect photo shoot location
How to choose the perfect photo shoot location
How to choose the perfect photo shoot location
How to choose the perfect photo shoot location
How to choose the perfect photo shoot location

1. Communicate with your photographer!
Andreas and Antigone were clear and communicative with me from the start about what they wanted, so even when I couldn’t make some of their original ideas happen, they helped point me in the right direction towards what they were looking for and what they wanted out of their shoot. Andreas and Antigone mentioned antique stores, artistic cafés, swing dancing spots, as well as that they wanted something playful… all in their initial inquiry. We ended up not going to a single antique store, café, or swing dancing spot (unless you count the street where they busted a few moves out), but because they were so communicative with me about what they wanted, I was able to find locations that perfectly fit the vibe they were looking for.

How to choose the perfect photo shoot location
How to choose the perfect photo shoot location
How to choose the perfect photo shoot location
How to choose the perfect photo shoot location
How to choose the perfect photo shoot location
How to choose the perfect photo shoot location

2. Trust your photographer.
If you are hiring a photographer in your hometown, don’t be afraid to speak up and suggest locations that are meaningful and special to you. If your photographer lets you know that the light is less than ideal in one of the spots you mention, trust them. They have your back and want you to love your photos. If you’ve decided to hire a photographer in a new-to-you city for a destination engagement photo shoot, you will definitely want to rely on your photographer as your best resource for on-the-ground city info. But if you don’t love any of the spots they’ve suggested for you, don’t be afraid to let them know. There are so many fun spots I’d love to explore in my city and endless possibilities for photo shoots (and I’m sure the same goes for most photographers in most cities). We will find the perfect place for your shoot!

How to choose the perfect photo shoot location
How to choose the perfect photo shoot location
How to choose the perfect photo shoot location
How to choose the perfect photo shoot location

3. Ask your photographer for a few location options.
If you’ve booked a long enough shoot and you’re in a city where you can walk around and explore (rather than stuck to one location), ask your photographer if they can provide a few location options for the day. While prepping for Andreas and Antigone’s engagement shoot, I scouted the area a few days before their shoot, found cool spots that I thought would make great photo locations, and offered a few options during our shoot to them. That way, if they weren’t feeling one of the spots I took them to or there was an unexpected tour group having lunch on the steps of a building I had scouted (yes, that happened), it was no big deal and we moved along to the next spot.

Hope these tips help you find the perfect location for your next photo shoot (engagement or otherwise)!

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