"What would you suggest?" A question I hear often from my clients. This question is in reference to the locations that I would choose for their photo shoot. Obviously I have a diverse type of photography sessions that I offer, such as family's, seniors, toddlers, couples... so this would play a huge role in my suggestion each time this question is asked.
We, meaning my clients and I, are located in one of the most beautiful setting in the world. Our Florida Suncoast Beaches is a national attraction to travelers and locals alike. I would say that this is the most diverse location for ANY session that I do. It is large enough for big families and romantic enough for just couples. I have vast experience with the bright environment and can capture some awesome lighting in these portraits. Each beach session has always turned out different depending on the weather and time of year. I have always been pulled to a few main locations here in the area. Here are a few links about each location.
My second would be our local parks(well I like these locations just the same), first park is called Greenbrook Adventure Park. It has ponds, a huge walkway wooden bridge, lots of tree canopy's and green open fields, even play grounds (which are awesome for casual family shoots with small children). The options here are limitless. So many different backgrounds in one location. So maybe you nature loving families would prefer this location over the city or even the beach. I also love the Heritage Harbor Park, lots of trees and a pier overlooking a beautiful pond. An additional option of a couple private properties that I have access to for a more private setting with the "country ranch" feel. These portraits are always so warm and inviting with the peaceful background of the woods. Here are just a couple that are popular in our area.
The CITY is a great place to find diversity. This location is great for senior portraits and family shoots. Lots of things to get into... stairwells, benches, city-scapes. Lots of texture and dimension with building structures and roads. Sarasota or Bradenton down towns are quaint enough for that small down town feel in your portraits.
Well there you have it, just a few locations off the top of my head, this should get you thinking about which location would best fit your photography needs.