Do you remember when you were a kid and the school photographer or even the places in the mall all had the same cheesy backdrop? They were meant to give the portraits character but they usually seemed a bit fake.
The right background and location for a professional headshot or family portrait can really make your photo standout. It needs to fit with the photo’s desired tone and feel natural with the subject. In some cases, the backdrop can help tell the story a photograph is designed to tell.
In Northwest Arkansas, we are blessed with plenty of locations that provide excellent backdrops for your professional photoshoot. Some are obviously picturesque while others may not stand out as the perfect place to take a photo.
Take, for example, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Many people enjoy having their photos taken along the trails including on bridges and near artwork. The concrete wall of the building itself is a surprisingly good place to take photos. It creates a simple contrast that is visually appealing yet not distracting. I’ve even taken professional photos in the Crystal Bridges parking garage!
When looking for a great place to take photos, I look at the area from all angles and visualize how a photo could be framed to create the perfect shot. Sometimes an unattractive or busy background can become the perfect choice such as a grove of trees with high grass can make for a really cute photograph if the angle and framing are just right.
I also love using locations that might otherwise seem mundane or even odd for a photo. My family had our family portraits taken on a doorstep in an alleyway. If you have permission to access the land, empty buildings and their surrounding grounds can also make a great photo backdrop.
Once a location is chosen, how to frame the photo is important. If the environment doesn’t seem as attractive, I’ll get in close and use a larger aperture to create a background blur. Another trick of the trade is to take the photo from a high angle, thus getting more of the ground in the photo than the less than attractive background.
What are some of your favorite places to have a photoshoot in Northwest Arkansas? Do you have a place that is sentimental but aren’t sure if it would work for professional photos? Give me a call and I bet we can make it work.