Best Places for Portrait Photography

Hey guys, welcome back to another A Bonnie Bon post!

As the title implies, this week’s post is about portrait photography and my favorite places to take portrait pictures. Although I am definitely an amateur photographer, I love photography and I try to go out and take pictures whenever I can. I love taking pictures of nature and people. Luckily, I live in Colorado, where I am surrounded by nature, and I have amazing, photogenic friends who are willing to do photo shoots with me.

Without further ado, here is a list of places I generally go to for photo shoots, plus a few photos taken by yours truly.

1. Playground

There are so many fun pictures that can be taken on a playground. It’s also a great place to play with lighting because of the shade from the structures and the trees. If your model is willing, have them go on the swings, slides, trees, etc. Think outside of the [sand] box and work with everything the playground has to offer.

2. Water

I enjoy taking pictures of water because I find those pictures relaxing and beautiful. Naturally then, rivers, creeks, lakes, etc., are also great places to take portrait photos. I typically like bigger sources of water because you can usually get more creative. You can find more spots for your model to be on (ie. logs and rocks). I’ve also found that there’s a nice breeze along water sources that can add some movement to your photos. I wasn’t able to find many pictures with actual water, but the first three were taken on the banks of a river.

3. Trees

Taking pictures with a lot of trees is always fun. You can play with the shade from the trees and the leaves. I love taking tree pictures in the Fall since the leaves are beautiful during that time, especially Aspen leaves.

4. College Campus

College campuses often have beautiful, historic buildings that make a nice background for portraits. They also usually have trees and flowers that are well kept. It’s always a fun time to do a photo shoot on a campus because you’ll probably discover new things and places.

5. Rocks

An area with a lot of rocks, like the top of a mountain, is a great place especially if you have multiple models. You can place people on different heights. You can also create some very dramatic photos.

 

I don’t have any pictures for the following locations, but hopefully I’ll get some soon!

  • Farm/ Ranch/ Barn
  • Downtown
  • Historic areas
  • Balconies
  • Staircases (especially spiral ones)
  • Parks
  • Hidden roads (ie. dirt road surrounded by trees)

I hope you guys liked this list! Let me know in the comments if you know other good places to take photos!

Plein de bisous,

A Bonnie Bon

 

 

 

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