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Finding Great Portrait Session Locations

February 16, 2021

Finding the Right Location

Finding great portrait session locations can be perplexing if not downright overwhelming! But I’ve got tips to help you find the perfect location! Most clients choose to showcase the local landscape of Virginia and who can blame them. Virginia is beautiful and has so many options!

For most of my sessions, outdoor, open-air environments are always my first choice. I love shooting in open natural spaces because the light is gorgeous, especially during golden hour. There are great options all around the state! So even if you’ve never seen me photograph in a specific spot before, I’m always up for exploring a new spot together!

Think Outside the Box

This is the time to think outside the box! Think about locations where you love to spend your free time or locations that have special meaning to you, your family, or your significant other! Maybe you, or someone in your personal or professional network, can secure permission to a location that would otherwise be off-limits. Some examples are beautiful private estates, country clubs, or resorts. Or, maybe it’s a family farm, lake, mountain overlook, beach, vineyard, or upscale hotel. A boat or a rooftop view would be truly unique. The sky is literally the limit! Spend some time thinking about it and checking around. You’ll be surprised with what you come up with. Plus, if something seems out of reach, just remember: you never know until you ask! If you get stuck or need inspiration, let me know and I’ll be happy to help you choose a great location for your portrait session. There are some great go-to locations around Charlottesville that we can always hit. So, just let me know what your thinking and we’ll go from there!

Destination Portrait Session

Your portrait session includes travel time anywhere in the Charlottesville area. I’m happy to shoot anywhere within sixty miles of my home in Albemarle county and that is included in the price of your session. Also, the following local counties are within that travel distance – Fluvanna, Green, Louisa, Buckingham, Nelson, Augusta, and Orange! I’m always looking for new locations to photograph and am up for an adventure so I don’t limit my travel. If you would like a location out of the area, let me know! For an additional travel fee, I’m happy to go wherever you have in mind. I’ve photographed sessions from the beach to the mountains and many places in between. So if I’m already going to be in or near an area you’ve always dreamed of doing your photos, let’s coordinate our schedules. I’m all about making it work! If you’d like for me to meet you in a destination outside of the Charlottesville area where I don’t already have plans to visit, just let me know and I can get you a custom quote!

Hopefully, this has given you ideas on finding great portrait session locations around Charlottesville, Va but if not, check out these photos to get your creative thinking going. For more ideas, check out the blog section on my website!

Horse Trainer with his horse in front of lake
A local ranch in Buckingham County, Va
family walking on beach with couple kissing
Topsail Beach, NC
couple kissing while walking on the beach
Topsail Beach, NC
couple embracing on dock at NC sound
The Sound on Topsail Beach, NC
couple dancing for Engagement Photo Ravens Roost
Ravens Roost Overlook in Virginia | Plan a visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway
senior portrait prom dress in front of beautiful door
NC Wedding venue –
couple kissing at courthouse
Courthouse in Charlottesville, Va
brother and sister on the sound
The Sound on Topsail Beach, NC
Mom and Dad with infant child in front of River
Local park in Charlottesville, Va

bride and groom in front of lake
couple embracing at Ivy Creek Natural Area
Park in Charlottesville, Va
child posing in pasture with horse behind him
Private mini horse farm
father holding child
Park in Charlottesville, Va

Senior female portrait on dock of lake
bride and groom kissing in mountain backdrop
local trail in Albemarle County
senior portrait of girl in prom dress
  1. Heather says:

    Destination shoots are just the best! Loved all of your chosen portrait locations! They were dreamy!

  2. Erin says:

    Wow these are all great spots! Yes always ask; you never know! I love UVA’s campus!

  3. Brigitte says:

    These are such beautiful locations for pictures! Love the natural light

  4. Chinling says:

    Such useful information! This post saves a lot of time searching on Google. And I love your photography style!! Gorgeous photos!

  5. Kelsey DeJesus says:

    great resource to help find the perfect spot. Love that you include photos for each as well!

  6. Jennifer Cox says:

    Such great spots! These are amazing!

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