Choosing artistic locations for kid photography

by | Feb 18, 2021 | Child Photography | 0 comments

Creating the perfect location for Kid Photography

How many photographers or clients struggle with choosing the perfect locations for kid photography? Here are the top things I look for when I plan out a kid photography session.

I love to create a soft beautiful depth of field in my photographs. For those of you who do not know what that means, it is those creamy blurred out backgrounds with the subject as the focus of the portrait. You can see an example of it below! Some of the best places I have found for that beautiful depth have been on walking trails. You can normally find nice walking trails at your local park. One of my favorite locations for kid photography is Green Lakes State Park.

Positioning in Kid Photography

I love to place the child close to something (not touching) like a tree, with branches hanging down to show off that depth behind them, it will be in focus, yet the foreground and background of the focus will be blurred depending on your aperture. Look for a nice walking trail with a tree that stands out to you, with a nice opening behind it.


Child photography can be fun when you chose the right location!

locations for kid photography girl in tree

Adding Foreground Details

I like to add some foreground to my photographs, during session I will stand the child like above explained, and then look to see if there is anything near me that I can stand behind to show a little bit of it in the lens.

When doing kid photography, I mainly shoot during the golden hour, which is an hour before sunset. It creates soft golden lighting and rim lighting. Rim lighting is when the light is peeking in behind the subject. When you have scoped out a place that may just be the perfect candidate you will want to check to see where the sunsets. I mainly shoot with the sun behind my subject.

fall child portrait

Using Color in Kid Photography

Watch for colors, here in Fayetteville New York the summer green’s can be very yellow which I do not prefer in my photographs, so photoshop may take a little extra tweaking. I enjoy a deep realistic green. I look for areas that will compliment the wardrobe we have selected for the kids. One that will compliment their skin tones, and not have too many colors casting on skin tones. Fall is one of my all time favorite to shoot in. Just because of the muted grass tones, along with the pop of browns, orange and red.


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child in gown for child photography session

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Children on the porch

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