Wondering about location?
Of course! Location is one of the most important elements to consider for a photography session. While I enjoy studio sessions, most of my sessions are shot in an outdoor or urban environment. Picking a location is important since it may the preference for the client, add to a theme, or create a certain level of aesthetic charm to a session. I am always scouting unique places to shoot, however I feel that nearly any location can provide the backdrop to a beautiful experience. Please see some of my client favorites from previous sessions, but also consider something "outside the box"!
I am always excited to find new locations, so send please feel free to send your ideas for our session!
Beer Can Island, Longboat Key
Beer Can Island is a driftwood beach with forest, mangrove, beach, and pier elements. Moderately difficult to park, and requires significant walking/wading through water and unpaved and unstable ground.
Siesta Key Beach
Siesta Key Beach has a sandy path, grasses and trees, short boardwalks, abandoned boats, and flat beach. Moderately difficult to park. Easy 1/4 mile walk.
The Celery Fields is a beautiful Sarasota nature park located near Fruitville Road and I75. A giant hill and slopes, paths, wide open fields, lake, shrubs and abundant greenery are elements here, as is the stellar view of the sunset. Easy to park; requires 1/2 mile of walking, and some parts may be uphill and strenuous.
Myakka River State Park
Myakka River State Park has some beautiful elements, but perhaps the most striking is the golden flowerfields that bloom only in May. Other elements include palm forests and paths, river and lake views, and grassy areas. Requires State Park entrance fee and some moderate walking.
Heron's Nest Nature Preserve
Located in Lakewood Ranch close to SR70, this little gem of a park has a beautiful lake, field, tree-lined walking paths and an arching bridge. Close by is a small creek for the more adventurous. Easy walk from a small parking lot.
Sarasota Garden Club
A beautiful garden in the downtown Sarasota area (near the Rosemary and Arts districts) with butterflies, walking paths, often blooming flowers and pretty seating. Easy parking and walking. May be limited availability on weekends due to events.
Braden River Nature Preserve
Braden River Nature Preserve is a pretty park near LWR Boulevard and SR70. Forest, lake, and abundant greenery are the elements that prevail. Easy parking and walking.
Your Own Backyard
Have a scenic home environment you would like to include? I am happy to come to you and work in your back yard or use your development amenities.
Other natural settings to consider:
Rothenbach Park - Bee Ridge Road east. Bridges, walking paths, wide open fields
Oscar Scherer State Park - Forest, fields, oaks and picnic areas
Venice Fishing Pier - a beautiful beach structure with a dog beach nearby
Urban and Other Locations
Downtown Sarasota Rosemary District
Sarasota's Rosemary District offers historical and cultural backdrops, murals, scenic streets and alleys. Easy parking and walking.
The Arts District in downtown Sarasota offers many modern and iconic settings, with ivy covered walls, sculptural and architectural elements, brick walls and alleys, and coffee shops and sidewalks. Easy parking and walking.
Sarasota Museums and Waterfront areas
Although some require a photography fee (such as the Ringling and Selby Gardens), Sarasota museums and bay waterfront areas are some of the most scenic in the region. Inquire about the use of these areas!
Nathan Benderson Park
Nathan Benderson Park, with its beautiful bridge and rowing lake, makes the perfect backdrop for celebrating accomplishments and special events! Easy parking and walking.
Private Locations and Sports
Golf Courses and Clubs
With a membership comes the perks of beautiful scenery! Please ask about using your local golf course or other membership property make your session personal and unique.
For many school related activities, such as athletics and music, the students' stadium or other areas make the perfect location to complete the story. Inquire about making arrangements for use of the school grounds and stadiums.
The greenspace and structures around your home development makes the perfect backdrop to showcase your personal life and living space. Lets discuss a session near your home!
Local athletic fields are accessible and make the perfect location to showcase your athlete's skills. Let's discuss a local field or stadium as a location for a Sportrait session!
Have a vintage vehicle, motorcycle or boat you would like to include in your session?
I will be happy to entertain all prospects and work to make it happen!
Lifestyle and Studio
For a rain, heat and bug free experience, consider studio portrait and in-home lifestyle sessions!