Figuring out where to do your photo shoot has become so much trickier in these pandemic-days!
We can’t just pop into a cute coffee shop anymore and wearing a mask in a public place probably isn’t exactly the look you’re going for with your photos.
But don’t let that slow you down from getting the photos you want! There are still some great options so I’ve gathered them together for you in one convenient little place.
A few things you should look out for when you’re choosing your location:
And I don’t mean sunshine or artificial light here – I can bring my own to your shoot if there’s not a lot of natural light. I’m talking about a light, bright room and overall look.
Does the space align with your branding and personality?
Does it fit your shot list and the kinds of photos that you want to get
Okay, now on to those Ottawa photo shoot locations!
I know, I know. Unless you happen to have a great looking house or workspace that you love this probably wouldn’t be your first option. But with a little planning and creativity we can turn it into the space you’ll be happy to have your photos in!
Here are a few tips to turning your space in to the ideal space
- Choose the room(s) you want to use and clear the area. Like really clear it out. Move out all the knick knacks, clutter, trash bins, power cords – everything that doesn’t align with your brand. We don’t need a huge area to shoot in, but the cleaner it is the better!
- Make a shot list of all the different photos you want. This will make it so much easier to get exactly what you need.
- Now that the space is clear and you know what kind of photos you want it’s time to bring back in a few things that really show your personality and brand aesthetic.
- If you don’t love the real life props you already own (books, mugs, plants, etc) or they don’t align with your brand then do a little shopping. But be mindful! Only get things that really speak to your brand and aesthetic.
Remember that everyone else doesn’t see your space everyday like you do and that the things that stand out to you as flaws might not even show up in the photos!
Rent a space
There’s now a bunch of studio spaces in Ottawa that you can rent and a few of them are even furnished with cute chairs, couches and plants etc.
It’s always a good idea to check them out online first to see what they have there. You can always bring your own props and small furniture if you want it.
I can send you studio rental suggestions if you need them!
Another option is reaching out to a local shop that you love the aesthetic of. Some of them will let you use their shop before or after hours for your own shoot.
Most rentals are around $200/hour
Borrow a space
I almost took this one out because I can’t recommend it with the restrictions in Ottawa right now, but I’m going to leave it in for future reference. Being hopeful that one day soon it can be a great option!
If you have a friend or family member that has a great space ask them if you can borrow it for a shoot! Bring them some wine and SuzyQ and wear your mask when we’re not shooting.
Okay, honestly I didn’t want to put this one in because I’m not the biggest fan of this option in the winter time. But maybe you love a good snowy day and want to split your shoot between inside and outside to get even more variety of pictures to use until springtime.
So there you have it! Lots of great indoor options for your photo shoot location in Ottawa.