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My thoughts on location scouting

I've occasionally talked about how important it is for me to always find the best possible backdrops for my series. I thought I would share a bit of the thoughts process behind all this.  

Many photographers and entrepreneurs in the creative field seem to be extremely busy from day to day. Especially under these circumstances taking a day of just to wander around searching for interesting trees might seem like an impossible task, already because of the lost working hours. How could I not work for an entire day?

I'm however a big believer in location scouting days in the long-term. But also I'll have to admit that I've kept too few of these lately.

You can never know when you find the perfect location for a project from the evergrowing location archive, you're currently building right? Having many locations ready beforehand also reduces the stress breaking out when the search starts after a client brief. If the time is spent before the actual project there usually happens to be more time (strange right?) which in the end automatically leads to a better location. 

In my own work (wandering around in the woods) location themself also produce stories for me. What kind of narrative could play out well here? What's the locations mood like? What would the most interesting subject for this place be? These are questions I try to answer myself while location scouting in new places. 

The location has a huge role in the final look in my work. It simply creates feelings and sets the time period for the editorial. If you simply it down I believe that with good styling, an interesting subject and with a strong location you're really far in creating a good fashion set. When these pieces fall together the skills of the photographer aren't that important anymore. What a good photographer can is so to bring the best out of a location with the help of lighting and creative compositions. 

 
 

An outtake from my location archive