Location used to be really important to me. I would spend significant time searching for new and exciting places that had a lot of color or artistic intrigue that would make for interesting pictures.
In the past few years my interest has instead shifted to focus more on the emotional content of an image. I’d much prefer people to be drawn to my actual subjects than to be drawn to any compelling backgrounds that in many cases have nothing to do with the subject whatsoever.
Hindsight is 20/20. Looking back, I believe unconsciously my obsession with location hunting was tied to the fact that I felt like the subjects weren’t interesting enough on their own. An exciting location would make up for whatever the subject lacked for making a compelling picture. (How thankful I am that I have since learned differently!).
My interest in location is now a sentimental one rather than an artsy one. Of course I still want it to be pleasing to the eye, but one of the best things I’ve done is to invite the subjects to pick the location instead of me.
It works every single time. And I love it.
It means I shoot somewhere new each time, my portfolio broadens, and best of all–the location means something special to them which makes the images have even greater value.
This family shoot took place in their Grandma’s backyard. I love that it has memory and meaning to the subjects.
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Brooke Snow is a Lifestyle photographer in Cache Valley, Utah. Her favorite locations for her own personal photos include her house, her yard, and her parents farm. Its where most of life happens and the daily memories are built anyway, so why not infuse sentimentality into the whole creative process?!
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