I have had this little photography business about 3 years. In that time, I have tried out a number of photo shoot locations. Some were great successes...others were just...ehh?? I thought that I would put together a series of my tried and true locations for photography in Huntsville. Whether you are a budding photographer or just a mom with a camera, I hope that you can get some inspiration here! I hope it encourages you to grab your camera or iPhone and get creative.
Disclaimer: If you have followed my work for any amount of time, you will notice a trend. I love architecture! During my Sophomore year of college, I was required to take a fine arts elective. On a whim, I picked Appreciation of Architecture. I remember that class so vividly. Every class period, the professor turned off the lights and showed slide after slide of architectural pictures that he had taken from all over the world. Early morning class....dim the lights...college kids.... you guessed it! Most of the class slept. But me??? I was mesmerized by the beauty and the photography. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. European cathedrals, Frank Lloyd Wright homes, truss ceilings etc.... I guess that's when I realized I really enjoyed buildings! And that continues today. I really like doors, columns and windows. In fact, when I travel I end up with an obscene amount of pictures of doors. We went to Europe a few years ago, and when I uploaded my 400 pictures from that trip, about 10 contained people. Yep... I went crazy on doors and castles. But I digress.....
First Up! The Huntsville Bank Building:
This beautiful building is located in downtown Huntsville on the courthouse square.
Why I love this location:
1. Lots of white! You can get great clean crisp backgrounds here. Putting subjects in front of a variation of white really makes them pop. Also, a clean neutral background goes with any home decor. As most photographers who understand how to create custom wall art, I am always looking at the background. The composition and color tones do matter when hanging a print on your walls.
2. The stairs: Put your subject on the front steps and you have a cool linear backdrop. See how the background is interesting but doesn't detract from the subjects.
3. The columns: Pulls the eyes up vertically. Adds more linear details without detracting from the subject.
So what do you think? I hope this encourages you to explore using architectural concepts in some of your images. Stay tuned for Part 2 of my favorite photo shoot locations!