How To Find A Good Location For Blog Photos

Graffiti in Shoreditch, London

There’s a recipe every fashion blogger uses for their blog photoshoots:

  • Stunning outfit(s)
  • DSLR
  • Awesome photographer
  • A good hair day

Plus a secret ingredient: a great location!

Perhaps it’s not so secret of an ingredient since you see it in every photo we take; however, it must be known that a location can make or break a shoot!

Some bloggers are lucky to live in a place where they have a ton of great locations to choose from. I’ve never really lived anywhere except for a mid-sized midwestern town, and for some reason the town founders didn’t anticipate Instagram being a thing? Like, they should’ve been way more forward thinking. That being said, no matter where you live, there will always be a great location for you to take your blog photos at! If you’re not sure where to start, here are 5 tips on how to find a location that works for you!

Determine which environment works best with your style or outfit

Everyone has their own sense of style, and some environments work better than others for it. For instance, if you wear more bohemian-inspired clothing, it may look better in a nature environment than on a city street. If your style is more eclectic, then you should think about having a collection of locations that you can choose from based on the outfits you’ll be wearing.

First step to deciding on your blog photo location: Determine what environment will look best with your outfit! Click To Tweet

Explore, explore, explore!

Sometimes you’ll find the best spots where you least expect them! Google scenic places in your area, walk down (safe looking) alleys, and keep mental notes of cool places you see.

One January day, it was very cold. Like, you don’t want to be outside for more than 5 seconds cold. My friend and I braved the weather to go take blog photos, but we quickly had to pop into an art gallery to get relief from the wind. Turns out that this gallery recently put up an interactive art exhibit that gave us AMAZING photos. It was a perfect act of fate, chance, or whatever you’d like to call it, and better yet, we were WARM.

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Look for props or landmarks you can interact with

Nothing’s more awkward than not knowing what to do with your hands. If you pick a spot that you can interact with, you totally bypass that awkwardness! Here’s a few ideas:

  • A good brick wall to lean against
  • A fountain to perch on
  • A balcony to gaze off of
  • A light pole that you can swing on

Try to eliminate unnecessary background clutter

So you found the perfect spot…except for the huge dumpster trying to photobomb your pictures. Sure, you can’t actually move the dumpster, but communicate with your photographer to let them know what you do and don’t want in the background. With the correct angles, no one will ever know the background is busy!

When you're taking blog photos, try to eliminate as much extra clutter as possible! Click To Tweet

When in doubt, look for some rad street art

Look, y’all know I’m a street art junkie. I have a radar for it, and so do a lot of other bloggers. If you’re ever struggling with getting the perfect photo, see if there’s any street art in your area. They usually pop up on side streets in more urban areas, so keep your eyes open!

Here are some street art guides for some bigger cities in the U.S. if you’re looking for some direction:

If you’re ever getting discouraged looking for your perfect spot, that’s okay! Not every spot works out, you just have to keep trying places until you find the best one for you!

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I hope this post helps a newer blogger, or even a seasoned one who’s in a rut with their current locations! What tips would you add to this? What are some of your favorite places to take blog photos? Let me know in the comments!

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35 Replies to “How To Find A Good Location For Blog Photos”

  1. My brain is automatically set to look for photoshoot locations whenever I’m driving around haha. In the Poconos, locations are hard to find. I mean, there are tons of woodsy/nature spots, but nothing that’s quite city-like. It’s a challenge!

    1. Haha same! Your nature pictures are so pretty!

  2. These are great tips. I find myself always looking for great photo locations when i’m out, too but sometimes it doesn’t come so easily. I also find that there are places where I feel more reserved, especially in heavily crowded places but my dream location is at a fair!

    1. Thanks girl! I think it would be so fun to take pictures at a fair!

  3. Love the suggestions! Thank you for sharing!

  4. These are such great tips! Unfortunately, there aren’t very many great photo locations around where I live.

    1. Thanks Tami! I hope you’ll be able to find some more places!

  5. I feel like with blogging for 5+ years now, my brain is just trained to look at new places as photoshoot inspiration, haha!! I am always looking at places through the lense of “could I do photos here?” LOL! These are great tips though Anna!! 🙂

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    1. Thanks Annaliese! And yeah, I do the same thing, haha!

  6. Luckily where I live there are some super cute spots to take pics so it makes it easy for me. However, when I first started blogging it was a struggle to find even a few nice places for photos.

    1. That’s great, Rachel! Sometimes it really is a struggle!

  7. Becca Michelle says: Reply

    This is such great advice, I’m lucky enough to live right near NYC, so I have a lot of spots to choose from but this made me really think about where to shoot next xx

    1. Ah, that’s so cool! Thanks for reading, becca!

  8. Great advice! I’m looking for an indoor space with great lightning for winter months. My husband and I normally walk around for a bit before photos to find a good spot!

    1. Thanks Ashley! And yeah, I walk around sometimes too before taking pictures!

  9. I’m always looking for the next best shooting locations. I love bright painted walls!

    1. You always have awesome photos in front of those walls!

  10. My photographer and I are always scouting for new locations. These are great tips!

    1. Thanks Taylor! Sounds fun!

  11. I’m always looking for new spots. Exploring a new city definitely helps!

    xoxo, Paige
    http://www.midwesterncharmblog.com

    1. It totally does! Thanks for reading!

  12. I love spending time searching for new locations!

    -Nicholle
    http://www.nichollesophia.com

  13. We love exploring for new places. My town doesn’t have that many cool places to go, but it is always fun to explore!

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    1. It is so fun to explore! Thanks for reading!

  14. Michelle Paige says: Reply

    I wish we had more fun walls where I live but I guess what we lack in walls we make up with mountains haha so I really can’t complain

    1. Mountains are always a beautiful backdrop!

  15. I love this! I need to go out and explore more places in my area to take blog photos. I’ll keep these tips in mind when I do so!

    Katie
    http://www.millennialonthemove.com

    1. Thanks Katie! Hope you find some good places!

  16. These are great tips for taking blog photos! I’m always trying to find new places to take photos in my area 🙂

  17. i really have to start exploring more for locations! thanks for sharing these tips!

  18. Loving these tips, Anna! Finding fun backdrops are essential as a blogger.

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