When I'm scouting for photoshoot locations in the east bay I'm looking for a number of factors.
But before you pick a location, first look at the decor in your home:
What are the colors in the room where you'd like to display artwork?
Is your room decorated with warm neutrals like cream & taupe? Cool neutrals like grey/silver? Pops of color?
The number one way to decide on a location is to look at the decor in the room. Is it rustic? Formal? The goal is to create artwork that looks perfect in your space.
If you have a more formal dining room and you'd love to hang a family portrait above the buffet, wear dressier outfits to your shoot, and we'll pick a more formal location.
If you have a cozy family room and you'd love a gallery wall above your sofa, wear more casual outfits, and we will pick a more rustic spot.
Next, consider the season
Some locations look *extra beautiful* at specific times of year. If this is important to you, make sure to book a photoshoot several months in advance to secure a date.
Fall photoshoot locations
This spot in Livermore is very pretty in the spring and summer, but is spectacular in fall. Artwork from this type of a shoot looks wonderful in a room decorated with natural woods, taupes, and creams.
I recommend booking a fall foliage photoshoot by September at the latest to make sure to get your perfect November date.
Winter photoshoot locations
This photoshoot location, near Blackhawk, is pretty in the summer and fall, but is otherworldly during the last 2 weeks of February.
Artwork from this type of shoot looks wonderful in a room that has light decor- white or off white paint, lighter woods.
If you want cherry blossom pictures I highly recommend making plans for this during December. White and pink outfits look especially lovely here.
The Best Location for casual pictures, year-round
If you'd like a rustic look for your casual photoshoot, the Barn is a terrific spot.
There is greenery here year-round. So even in the peak of summer you can have lush foliage in your pictures.
This spot also gets really nice golden hour lighting, just before sunset.
There's also a cute cafe area and this walkway, which looks terrific with backlighting.
The Best Location for formal pictures, year-round
The Piazza is an elegant spot, which features hardscape throughout. This is nice for anyone wearing heels. Artwork from a shoot here is terrific for more formal spaces in your home and in family rooms decorated with a rich color palette.
The landscaping here is evergreen, which means it looks great even in December, January, and February.
A cute side note: this family's picture was featured in my lab's holiday card marketing.
Ahh, the fields of golden grasses in Livermore. If your home is decorated with warm or cream tones, this is an excellent spot for your photoshoot.
Additional Locations for pictures
These are my most requested spots for photoshoots, but I have plenty of additional beautiful venues ranging from Livermore to Walnut Creek.
If you didn't see exactly what you are looking for in this post, get in touch and let me help you find the perfect spot for your pictures!