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How to find the perfect photo shoot location | 30A Florida Senior Portraits

Choosing a photo shoot location for your senior portraits might seem like a big deal but it really doesn't have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place. The beaches of 30A Florida are one of the most popular destination locations for senior portraits, but the Emerald Coast has many hidden beautiful locations. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:



What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. If you don't know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around your city for inspiration. It's easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas too.

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Based in Santa Rosa Beach Florida, we already have some amazing locations that we love to photograph at. The exciting thing about 30A, there's 1000's of city scapes, gardens, fields, and more - no two senior sessions are alike!



Are you allowed to take pictures there? Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind. If it's not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first.


While we love photographing on the beaches of 30A, please remember that Walton County Florida does require BEACH Permits for Professional Photographers on the beach. Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach are very popular STREETSCAPE locations for Senior portraits as well, however, please remember you must be a resident or have permission to photograph in those towns.

Is it accessible? Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round or you might not be able to get to them at all. Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location. Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look neat but it’s best not to put yourself in harm’s way.

Safety is important when it comes to photographing. We do find some of the coolest and unique locations to shoot at, however, I always suggest clients bring a comfortable pair of shoes for walking... or climbing LOL.


How do you get to your location? Will it be easy to walk to the session location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it.

These are high priority questions! For real! We offer a pop up changing tent for your convenience. This makes wardrobe changes a breeze.


Will the photo session be in a public place? If the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic, you need to ask yourself whether you are comfortable being photographed in front of others. If not, you might want to rethink your choice in location.

Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction. Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot. We offer many locations ideas, some more secluded than others. When you book your senior portrait session with us, we will discuss your comfort level so you can rock your senior pics.


We have limited spots open,

please contact us to get on the calendar (850) 460-4437.



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