What does location scouting entail? First, it's about ALWAYS looking for great light, wherever I am. You never know when that field along the roadside is going to turn out to be THE place. I am a big fan of country drives. I also do a TON of research online. I think I know every single park in a 50 mile radius :) On a day with good (read: not raining) weather, I pack up the kiddo and we visit some of the top locations on my list, camera in hand. We wander around these new places the same way I would right before a client arrives for a session: looking for the best light and taking tons of test shots. It doesn't hurt that I have the world's most adorable model.
I also feel like convenience is a huge service that I offer to my clients. If they are not hikers, I don't want to make them hike a half mile to get to the perfect spot. I have plenty of locations where the parking lot is very near where we'll shoot (and some that aren't, for my more adventure-loving families). This is something I'm checking out while I scout a new location, too. I also have a variety of types of location all over the Portland area so that clients don't have to drive too far. That's a huge reason that I love to continue location scouting. It's never something that is done for me. I like to be able to offer new and exciting spots that have the type of feel you're looking for, without having to make an hour-long trek from your home. I check out spots in Vernonia all the way out to Oregon City. Location with a relaxed farm vibe in Tualatin? GOT IT. Perfect spot for an urban style shoot in Wilsonville? YEP! And I am ALWAYS excited to hear ideas for locations from clients, especially if they have access to property they'd like to do their session on. Grandma's farm always results in a great portrait session!