I grew up in the country and there were so many places that were secluded where you could take pictures. Pictures for your clients, your family, for fun, where you would not be disturbed.
Now that I live in the big city, there seem to be a lack of private settings to take pictures at. Oh, you can find places to take great pictures, but the lack of privacy is a little daunting. We have the perfect place about three miles from the studio, it has waterfalls, bridges, plenty of space and is in the middle of a subdivision. The biggest issue with this place, everyone knows about it. When the blue bonnets bloom you cannot find a spot to shoot. If you read my blogs, you know about this spot and the attached picture. You can get a good shot but, you cant just take pictures in the moment because people are all around. It really is one of my favorite spots.
So how do you find that perfect spot that no one knows about. Because of Covid-19 I have been riding my bike more. Going to trails I never knew existed. Some of the trails I knew about but, never really checked them out. Others I knew about because the trails are concrete.
My advice on how to find the perfect place, go bike riding/hiking and get off trail. I lived by a trail for 15 years, I had no idea it was there. It is even an off road trail. There is bridges, flood gates, cliffs, everything that would be fun for a senior picture shoot, which I was able to do this year. If you want to be private, you have to go off road.
One last thing though, do be careful, you never know what you will find. I learned that lesson this summer. We had an unexpected visitor at our last shoot. We gave her plenty of room and left her alone. What we didn’t realize, she had babies a few weeks before. Yeah, I was able to find her baby accidentally and stepped on his head while we were walking out of the woods. I didn’t get bit but I now look at the ground more when I hike in the woods, especially when not wearing the proper shoes. Get out and have a good time.