One question I’m asked a lot as a branding photographer in Mid-Michigan is “what are the location options for personal branding photography?” The location of your personal branding shoot helps tell your story. It will also play a role in the first impression you create and what type of audience you attract.
When you think about personal branding photography, a studio setting is usually what jumps to mind. However, this is only one of the many options that you can choose from. Let’s take a closer look at personal branding photography session location options.
Do you work from home? Do you feel that your home office visually represents your personal brand? Then it’s perfect for personal branding shoot. Give people an inside view of how you spend your day. Plus, if you want a more relaxed, personal feel, you can even include your pet in a few of the shots. Some people even go as far as taking a few shots in their living room or kitchen. It all depends on the messaging you want to send. Just make sure that your home office has lots of natural light for the best photos.
Cafes and Restaurants
Taken at The Graduate East Lansing Hotel
If you would prefer an atmosphere with a bit of a vibe, why not arrange a shoot at a coffee shop, café or restaurant? Unless you make prior arrangements though, you might need to work around other patrons and flash may not be allowed. Either way, be sure to speak to the owner (or manager) of the establishment first.
Apartment or BnB
There are so many beautiful apartments and guest houses that can be used for your personal branding shoot. If you know someone who has a great apartment or you’ve seen a nice location on Airbnb, this can be a good option for your shoot. It’s also ideal if you would prefer a more private setting for your photo session without being in the studio.
Meeting Room or Co-working Space
If you don’t feel your home office is right for a shoot, why not rent a meeting room or coworking space? Just make sure that the décor aligns with your brand image. You can even incorporate a few props if you want to add a personal touch. If possible, choose a space that has other areas you can use, such as a lounge with visually appealing furniture.
If your personal brand is more adventurous, an outdoor location could be ideal. Whether this is by the lake, in a park or walking around in the city, there is no rule that says you can’t take personal branding photos at an outdoor location. Plus, the backdrop opportunities are endless.
A photography studio is still a great location for a personal branding shoot. It offers a very professional setting and you get to take advantage of my equipment. If you do want to change things up, I highly recommend bringing in your own props and furniture. All of my branding clients have the option of having their photos in my photo studio just south of Lansing, Michigan, and it has incredible window light as well as all my lighting equipment!
As you can see, there are multiple options, over and above a studio, that you can use as a location for your personal branding shoot. Not convinced personal branding photography can help grow your business? I tackle that topic in this blog post.
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