It is officially Atlanta Family Photography Season! My favorite.
Chances are you have your family session on the books and you are wondering what location you should have your session at. This is one of the most common questions I get asked: "Nina, where is a good place to have our session??"
I don't want this to be a point of stress for you. I want my sessions to be a relaxed and fun experience. And because of that, I wanted to share a few tips on how to pick the best location for you and your family.
Atlanta and its greater area have an abundance of locations within a very short drive of the city.
We live in such a beautiful part of the country and I love including its beauty in your family photos.
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING THE BEST LOCATION FOR YOUR FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION IN ATLANTA OR ANYWHERE REALLY.
1. What does your family like to do for fun? How do you all like to spend your time?
Make sure you choose a location that best suits your family's personality.
For example, if you love hiking together we may want to head out to the mountains.
2. Consider the ages of your children.
If you have super young kiddos an urban location may not be a great choice because you don't want to have to worry about cars and other people distracting your little one. Perhaps an open field or park may be the best location.
3. Take into account the season your session is scheduled for.
For example, there are some gorgeous parks in the fall that really show the beautiful Pacific Northwest autumn colors off. If it is going to be warm on your session date, going to the beach and letting the kids get their feet wet might be super fun!
4. Let's talk about traffic.
Atlanta is gorgeous, but the traffic is awful. We don't want you commuting across town during rush hour. That won't make anyone excited for family photos. So make sure to choose a location that will be easy to get to at your scheduled session time. And also consider parking spots. In some places, they are hard to find.
HERE ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LOCATIONS ATLANTA HAS TO OFFER FOR FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY.
Atlanta has some incredible urban locations that show off our historical architecture as well as some great textures ( Truist park...)
We have an abundance of Lakes in the greater Atlanta area!
We are so lucky to be surrounded by so much water. What is fantastic about our lake locations is that they are usually surrounded by trees and open spaces, so you get a ton of diversity at these locations. (Piedmont park, Chattahoochee River...)
Atlanta is known for its big trees everywhere. If your family loves to spend time in the woods the Forrest may be the best location for your session!
Atlanta is full of gorgeous parks! Parks can be especially attractive in the fall when the leaves are changing. This makes a lovely backdrop for your family photos. (Piedmont park, Brook run park...)
5. Stone Mountain
If you are willing to drive a little longer out of the city, the backdrop is very rewarding. You can make an adventure out of it.
6. Open field.
Luckily, I know of a few remote fields that are only a 30-minute drive away. Fields make a gorgeous backdrop for your family photos.
There are a few Waterfalls in the surrounding area that are worth looking into it. They might include a little bit of hiking but the scenery is breathtaking!
There you have it! Hopefully, this gives you some great ideas about where to have your next family photography session. You have invested your time and money into this experience, so taking the time to consider the location is a good idea.
I am excited to photograph you and your family very soon.