Bad Weather Family or Engagement Location Photo Shoots in Bakersfield Kern County
What if you just can’t shoot outside? When outdoor family portraits, senior or engagement photos aren’t an option, what can we do to work around it?
If you did a quick online search for “engagement photos” or "California Family photos" - all you will see are endless sunlit outdoor images, overlooking beaches, parks, in fields and rivers, or cityscapes. You’d think it was an unwritten rule that all West Coast photos be made in nature.
What if it’s freezing cold or pouring down rain? Even if it's not raining, California can just be unbearable with heat and sun - 24/7 - all summer long.
It’s time for a backup strategy that will be fun, feasible, and allow us to create engagement photos everyone will LOVE.
The Perfect Plan B
Bakersfield photographer Karen Engel was scheduling engagement photos with a couple visiting from Orlando in the midst of summer, so they knew they needed to choose a location around Bakersfield that wouldn’t be weather dependent. They could pair it with a few outdoor photos, weather-permitting, but wouldn’t be reliant on the outdoor images as the only possible location.
Personalize Your Photography Experience
That’s right! Karen created this couple’s engagement photos at the local mall - inside some of their favorite stores - locations that represented fun memories for these newlyweds-to-be, and plenty of adventures to come.
Location Is Everything
Retail stores are especially unique, with a wide variety of items, rooms and setups. Karen Engel had no end of backdrop choices and posing prompts for the couple's engagement photos!
Preselect Your Locations
When you’re location-scouting, look for locations that offer the following:
More than ever, commercial stores and businesses seem to be relaxing the rules surrounding retail photography (such as engagement photos). Perhaps all the buzz surrounding the viral in store Target and Michaels photos has convinced businesses of these sessions’ free marketing value!
This doesn’t, however, mean we should forego getting permission.
Improve your chances of hearing a “yes” from the store manager by clearly describing exactly what you plan to do, and how your photos will be used. (For instance - They’re engagement photos of a non-celebrity couple - In other words, no commercial advertising, publishing or editorial uses.)
Plan For Efficiency
When we're photographing in a commercial space we need to be intentional and efficient. This means plan ahead as much as possible and move quickly and stealthily. Other customers are there shopping, eating, and spending money, and someone shooting photos shouldn’t disrupt their experience.
The less attention photographers cause in these commercial environments, the more likely store managers will be to say yes!
Bring Your Own Style To the Portraits
Engel has her own unique vision and style – and so do you! Choose your own wardrobe, props and creative ideas to the session, and combine them with Karen's creative vision for something that really stands out and shows off who you are!
Don’t hesitate to try something new and different, with a you twist.
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