I thought it would be fun to do a case study to illustrate how much location alone can affect the mood of a photo shoot. Living in the Bay Area, it’s relatively easy to get to an urban and a natural location within a few minutes of each other, especially in San Francisco where there is so much diversity packed into a small area.
I asked my friend Carlie if she and her husband, Jared, would help me execute this idea, and they were great! And you’ll notice they are wearing the same clothing in all the locations, so the only difference at any time is only the location.
For urban locations, I'm drawn to interesting lines and shapes. When I saw this parking garage from the freeway, I thought, hell yeah! If you can get past the fact that it's a parking garage, you will notice that there are lots of interesting lines and potential in this structure. Plus, parking garages have lots of great diffused light, which means soft light that is especially nice to your face.
Another bonus to a business park like this is that they usually have well-groomed green grass, flowers and trees and places to sit among them-- that's a nice picture on a silver platter, folks.
Natural locations are great because they have a certain peacefulness. I'm all about lines, but they can take attention away from the people. And I don't know about you, but I like people more. I also enjoy all the different textures of natural locations: maze-like tree roots, different kinds of grasses and rippling water all add something special.