Scouting photo locations, what you need and what you don't ...

DREW BITTEL, NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY:

"One thing that I think sets my work apart from other photographers is the locations that I photograph my clients in. I try to differentiate my work by choosing settings that are unique but also might have special meaning to my clients. Locations can make or break a shoot.

"Finding unique locations isn't easy and can be very time consuming. I am constantly scouting for new spots, like when my baby is napping in the car, when I have time before soccer practice, or when I'm on my way to the grocery store. Be on the lookout for new settings in your everyday routine because oftentimes those locations are in fairly obvious spots. You just have to be aware and actively look for them.

"When scouting locations, there are a few things I look for that will lead to a successful shoot!"

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