It was a downright balmy 70 degrees and sunny here in Seattle today, a perfect day for us to get out of the studio to scout a location for an upcoming photo shoot at Pine Ridge Park in Edmonds, Washington. We’ve been in the area for almost eleven years and never knew about this very well hidden park just to the North of us.
Whenever we do an on location session, even if we know the location really well we always scout it out ahead of time and check in with whomever runs the location when possible to let them know we’ll be there, make sure it’s open, no conflicts with other photographers, events, and so on.
Believe it or not, we’re actually working. My job is to snap photos of spots that we think seem interesting. Lara will look at these photos later on, for inspiration and for things to be aware of. For instance, while this scene might be interesting, the background might be a little cluttered and distracting. That doesn’t mean we can’t use this location, just means we have to use care when we compose our shot.
That giant tree stump is a perfect example of something that I think is interesting but might not be the best spot for a photo.
Whenever we’re out scouting photo locations, I usually learn something new. Today’s lesson was about the evils of dappled light. Dappled light makes the forested background busier and more distracting and creates all kinds of visual issues when it falls on the subject of the photo. Again, it’s not that we can’t use this location, it’s just that we’ll have to carefully compose our shot. We’re going to bring our strobe lights, maybe an extra scrim or two, and hope for an overcast on the day of the photo shoot.
Well, we pretty much got to see what we needed to see. We took lots of snapshots, made lots of notes, and had fun in the dappled sunlight of Pine Ridge Park. We’ll use all these photos and notes to further flush out our plan for this photo shoot.