After you’ve herded all of the cats in your family to a mutual time for your portrait session the next most important decision you’ll be making is what location to use. It’s an often overlooked fact that the background is 50% of the image, so choosing a great place can’t be overstated.
Having said that, there’s no reason to feel pressured either. A location can have deep sentimental value but it doesn’t have to. You can also choose a spot just because it’s close to your house, or because you like the sound of the fountain and the feeling of grass on your feet.
Popular locations include Highland Park, Tinker Nature Center, Genesee Valley Park and local beaches (such as Durand Eastman Park or Charlotte).
I confess personally to a bit of an adventurous spirit, so I always encourage places that are off the beaten path but that’s certainly not required.
The location is visible in the caption below each photo when enlarged. Once you’ve settled on a place, your next stop is Clothing.