What location should I use for my brand photos?

Feb 2, 2024

The location for your brand photos is a very important one. It can make all the difference in capturing images that feel authentic and capture your unique personality and brand. Which location you choose is really dependent on you and your business.

How do you know what location is right for you?

When trying to find the best location for your brand photos. It is important to ask yourself some questions first:

  • Where and how do I work?
  • What hobbies do I have?
  • What are my favourite places to be? (in your work and your private life)
  • Which places reflect the feeling of my brand?

Answering the above questions will hopefully give you some possible location ideas that will fit you and your brand.

Headshot against a colourful wall in an urban London Location.

Some portrait photography location ideas

  • Home (kitchen, bedroom, lounge etc)
  • Cafe
  • Air B&B
  • Office/studio space
  • Museum
  • Photography studio
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Open (flower) field
  • Forest
  • City skyline
  • City streets/colourful walls

There are so many possibilities, and anything is possible when it comes to your brand photos! Each location for my brand photography client is unique to them.

Factors to consider when choosing a photoshoot location

When choosing a location, it is important to think about the images you will need. It might be that you’d like to have a very varied brand story. And to be able to get that variety you would want to choose a location with different settings in close proximity to each other. For example, a cafe close to a park. Another consideration is how busy the location might be, and avoiding the area at its most crowded (unless the story is to be among the crowd). Or if you need any permissions to photograph at the location, to prevent you being stopped from photographing or charged afterwards. The same goes for using a cafe. It might be a good idea to speak to the owner before the photo session to see if they are okay with photos being taken. Or to book a table so that you do not come to the cafe without there being suitable seating at the time.

Woman sitting in a field enjoying the wind and sunshine at her brand photo location in nature.

How I will help you choose the right location for your brand photos.

Farhana, a divorce doula (I know! How awesome is her business!), wanted me to create her brand photos. So, we started with a long conversation about her vision and what her brand represents. That’s what makes brand photography so special – it’s not just about taking pictures and leaving you to it. It’s about understanding you, your business, and bringing your essence to life.

When Farhana first came to me, she had a location in mind that just didn’t feel right. It was a bare, “cold” space that didn’t reflect her vibrant personality or her brand’s spirit. When I saw it, I knew we had to find a better fit for her.

So, I gently suggested that we use her own home (I had been there before to take family photos) as the backdrop for our brand session. She hesitated, worried that her space was a bit messy and “not ready.” But I could see the potential, the authenticity, and the warmth that would shine through in her photos.

I am so glad that Farhana trusted me, as we captured her in the comfort of her own home. A place she feels at ease. A place that shows that warmth and intimacy which she creates within her work. I love how those feelings show in the images we created.

Divorce coach sitting on her bed in a sari putting on a necklace, which is a very intimate location setting for her brand photoshoot.

The location for your brand photos is so important! It is part of the storytelling. It sets the mood and helps to create the atmosphere to your photos. It has to be right for you and who you are!

What location would you use to help you tell your (business) story? Do you feel like the backdrop of your photos is a ‘character’ too?

Want a personal branding photographer who really cares about helping you find the right location for your portraits? Let’s create magic together and I will always brainstorm with you to create images that truly represents your brand’s story. Contact me HERE to take that first step!

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