I should have known that I would have a ton of questions about blogger contracts as the new year is quickly approaching! I am so, so excited to work with my current bloggers as well as some new bloggers in 2019! The future is SO DANG BRIGHT, friends! It’s been an amazing ride and I’m so, so grateful that this life is the life I’ve been blessed with! I want to answer as many questions as possible, so if I miss something, shoot me an email at email@example.com or send me a DM on instagram (@sadie__banks) and we’ll chat & get all of your questions answered!Read More
i'm starting a new series specifically for my photography work: shutter saturday. each saturday, i will share one of my favorite shoots or some of my favorite shots from the week. i'm stoked to kick off the series with a creative shoot i did today with my best friend rachel & her friend megan in downtown salt lake city. we went for a more urban/high fashion look & i was LIVING. when i edited them, i wanted them to have a more grunge look, so i added a bit of grain into some of them & i love how these images came out.Read More
it's mondaaaaaay, which means it's 5 tips day! i'm really excited about today's post because i LOVE scouting out & choosing unique photo locations. sure, i have my favorite locations that i return to over and over again, but i also like choosing unique locations that nobody else has used before. or at least choosing locations that are unique enough that locals couldn't say, "that was shot at ________ location. everybody shoots there." so here we go, 5 of my best tips for choosing a unique photo location!
1. know the style of photos that you want
one of the first questions i ask when clients book a session is "do you want a more natural landscape or urban/city vibe?" knowing the answer to this question really helps me narrow down what they're looking for. if they want a city vibe, then i know that driving around the mountains probably isn't going to give them the type of photos they want. if they want a natural vibe, then recommending cityscapes + rooftop locations probably isn't going to mesh well with them.
2. open your eyes
this sounds weird, but i have found some of the most beautiful locations just by opening my eyes & paying attention to the places around me. there are SO many beautiful places that are so close to you-- wherever you live-- all you have to do is open your eyes & look for them. you'll start to see them & the world will become a new place. it's the coolest thing.
3. don't be afraid of small spaces
honestly, as a photographer, i can work with pretty small spaces if i need to. one of my biggest goals is to make sure that my client is more of the subject than the scenery, so if there's a specific wall that you like & want to take your photos in front of, don't be shy! try it out & see what happens!
4. get out and walk
sometimes driving around isn't enough. get out & walk your city/town. you'll be amazed at how many new things & places pop up that you just didn't see before. i love walking around my hometown (that i don't shoot in anymore) because i find new places & locations that i think would be so neat to shoot at. and honestly, some of my most favorite photos of all time have been in my parent's backyard or even inside someone's home. (hello, gorgeous in-home sessions. ALLLLLLL the heart eyes)
5. go behind buildings or off the beaten path a little
city vibe pro tip: behind buildings are WHERE. IT'S. AT. it's usually a little grungy, but that's art, ya'll. also, sometimes if you're lucky, you'll score a sweet mural or something. i don't typically recommend going off the beaten path in nature because we need to be kind to nature & let it be, but sometimes when you're hiking & there is no path, you run into the most beautiful spots! (one of my dreams is to shoot in the st. george gorge one day because HELLO gorgeous ireland looking cliffs)
bonus tip: pay attention to the light & time of day
sometimes locations don't mesh well with the time of your shoot. paying attention to the time of day or where the sun is can really benefit you-- look at where the shadows are & where the sun is shining in that particular location. photography is all about light, so if you're aware of the way the light is, you'll greatly improve your ability to choose a great photo location!
although i typically am a blog photographer, i have shot quite a few senior sessions this year & i've learned a thing or two along the way that might help you while you're planning your senior session!
1. get your hair & makeup done professionally
hiring a hair & makeup artist can really help amplify the gorgeous features you already have! send them pictures of what you like and don't like so they can get a good idea of what type of makeup/hair style that you'll feel your best in. i also recommend using a bit more makeup than you're used to so that your facial features don't look flat in your photos. (false eyelashes usually help accent your eyes too!)
2. plan your outfits according to your personality
you want to feel comfortable in whatever you're wearing, so wear clothes that you genuinely love! if you like edgy clothes, wear something edgy! if you like simple, neutral clothes, rock the simple & neutral look! if you're feeling uncomfortable in your outfit, that will show through in your photos, so choose clothes that mirror your personality!
3. choose simple locations
your senior photos are supposed to highlight YOU, so choose locations that do just that! simple locations really point the focus of the photos to you as the subject!
4. trust your photographer
sometimes photographers ask you to do things like, pull a tree branch near your face or sit in a really random spot, but if you trust your photographer, they can create some really great shots for you & make portraits rather than just shoot boring poses!
5. be yourself
this tip is the most important because YOU are the subject & people want to see YOU in your photos! be yourself & enjoy your session! if you have fun & be yourself, you'll look back on your photos & simply love them because they really show who you are!
hair & makeup by beauty by ty
hi there. i'm sadie. i'm a photographer based in salt lake city! i love, love, love salt lake with all of my heart! i love its quirks & hidden gems (THERE ARE SO MANY HIDDEN GEMS) & i have compiled a list of some of the BEST hidden gems for blog photos! this is a running list, so it will be added to & updated every once in a while, so if you think you've been to all of these locations, come back again soon because there will definitely be more added to the list!
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Library on 5th east and 23rd south
Church Administration Building
Casa de empeño wall on state street and 8th south
Any of the LDS Temples
Cathedral of the Madeline
U of U campus
Joseph Smith memorial building
All of the temples in the valley
K street apartments
Publik Coffee Shop on 3rd Avenue
Bistro on Third
Cherry Blossoms at the Capitol (only in March!!)
Federal Heights Building
Memory Grove Park
Lark Mary (it is absolutely breathtaking in the winter, but also a way harder hike... soooo summer time is good too!)
Hotel RL on 6th south
Apartments by Ronald McDonald House on South Temple
Building across the street from the j street apartment building
Draw Inc on 6th Avenue
Cafe on 1st Avenue (Corner of 1st Avenue & J Street)
Apartments on 5th Avenue & H Street
Recreation Center on 2nd Avenue
480 on 6th
Hospital Parking Garage on 8th Avenue & C Street
Avenues Proper on 8th Avenue (near the hospital)
Apartments on 2nd Avenue & B Street
Indian Market & Grill on 2nd Avenue & D Street
Jack Mormon Coffee on 2nd Avenue & E Street
Reuben Cabello on 2nd Avenue & G Street
Cucina on 2nd Avenue & Q Street
Yoga on 2nd Avenue & K Street
The Kura Door on 3rd Avenue & T Street
These are residential homes, so please be courteous to the people who live there & ask permission before taking pictures at these locations!
Pink House on 2nd Avenue & H Street
White House on 10th Avenue & K Street
Yellow House on 2nd Avenue & J Street
White House on 1st Avenue & J Street
House on L Street & 5th Avenue
White House on Third Ave by I Street
Not in Salt Lake, but still incredible places!!
Thanksgiving Point ($$)
Cents of Style Wall ($$)
White Shanty ($$)
White Wall by Dominoes in Lehi
Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork