Photography location scouting is an important exercise for planning project photography in advance; the nominal expense is well worth it. Landscape architecture projects warrant these visits most often, in addition so do to complex, large-scale, or renovation projects, where reclaiming of space is very often a factor.
Throughout prime architectural photography season I location scout projects on location as needed. However, in my off-season (Nov/Dec & Mar/Apr) I visit project locations for to assess their state of photo-readiness for the following year. I’m your project management team’s +1!
My clients are typically busy with current in-progress projects, may be short-staffed on project managers, or would like to go back and photograph past completed projects, a location scout is a valuable tool.
Following a site visit, clients receive a brief summary report with basic location details, status of key area (plantings, etc.), site documentation photos, and challenge/opportunity recommendations on how to prepare what needs attention. Assessments are also made if a site needs more time for plantings to mature to best showcase a project.
As a commercial photographer, location scouts help me better assess subject orientation and the true lighting on site while also getting a first-look at ideal compositions for final images. Most importantly, I can pinpoint the best time (or times) of day to return and capture your completed projects when it’s time to coordinate details for a photo shoot.