Unique Photoshoot Location : Warehouse

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warehouse photoshoot For branding, fitness, and art

I try to do a special shoot where I pick a location and offer my clients something unique that they can participate in. I rented time at this warehouse which had all the really cool old industrial look I was going for. I always try to be professional so I will not risk trespassing where I’m not allowed, especially with clients. Many property owners are pretty open to allowing use of their space and never hurts to ask. Since I shoot art, fitness and branding photography, I used this same warehouse space for all those kinds of shots. 

In this blog I will give you just an overview of my thoughts about working in a space like this so you can simply have them as considerations when you plan or participate in a similar shoot situation. 

1) Warehouse locations are often not heated or air-conditioned so keep in mind the temperature. I shot in the spring and the fall. You can perhaps get away with shooting in the summer because the space was made of concrete and stayed very cool. 

2) It’s dark so bring lights just in case. The gorgeous windows definitely added some incredible light and drama but sometimes it was too dark and having a light helped a lot. 

3) The room is grand so having my 24mm-70mm lens was very helpful. I sometimes don’t get it when photographers spend all this time and money on a location then shoot the subjects with a very blurry background or cropped tight in the frame. 

4) The floor is so dirty! It is hard to get any images where the person can sit or lay on the floor. Be careful of your model touching a surface then touching their face or clothing! There will be hand and finger prints everywhere. I brought a lot of wet wipes to this shoot. We had some shots using a chair but you will not get any shots of lying on the floor unless you bring something to put on the ground. 

5) The light moves throughout the day. The very large window light was only available to me in the morning. So I had to really plan on the kind of client that I needed to get that shot with and schedule appropriately. I had to get really creative at the end of the day when there was barely any light. We had fun chasing the light and mostly worked within the rooms that had great light. It’s all part of the fun and sporadic surprises of shooting in different spaces. Go have fun with it! 

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