LOOKING FOR LOCATION IDEAS?
Look no further! This page has all my location recommendations including the links to websites containing booking information. Please note that all studios and Air B&B sites must be booked on the client's side.
If you're someone who is looking for a 30 minute shoot with me (or even a 1 hour shoot) something you can do for spaces that require 2+ hour time blocks is pair up with some friends who also need branding photos and split the cost. That way we can schedule back to back sessions and make the most out of having the space!
The Elm House
Link To Air B&B
It's been a while since I've checked in with the owner, Jamie, but this space can be rented for a full day for $250, you just have to contact her directly to schedule.
The Elm House has been my favorite space to shoot in. The high windows create beautiful lighting (except at sunset when the sun is coming in red and harsh from the West) and the style of the house gives so many options for different backgrounds.
THE GRAY ATELIER
LINK TO BOOK
The Gray Atelier will initially remind you of your 5th grade classroom... because it used to be a classroom. It's been revamped however into a really beautiful studio space.
While there is no kitchen, there is a rolling island/counter that can be reasonably "faked" as a kitchen. The Gray wall on the opposite side also allows for some really fabulous fitness style shots for Yoga instructors or trainers.
Cost can be as low as $99 for 2 hours and up to 10 hours for $430.
Grand Pyramid Cottage
LINK TO BOOK
I've only shot here once but it is my favorite shoot to date. The kitchen is stunning and we spent most of our time there. This is a historic house in Downtown Phoenix and is absolutely lovely. These images are also a brilliant example of a client who went all in from location to props to wardrobe, and the images show all her effort!
The downside is, it's also the most expensive place I've shot coming in at $150/hour with a 6 hour minimum. We got lucky because the owner had a gap in shoots and allowed us to squeeze in. You can contact him directly to ask if he has any availability but you will likely need to work with his schedule on that one. My one request is that it's at a mid day time where the sun is bright but not directly coming through the window.
THRIVE COWORKING IN GILBERT
LINK TO BOOK
This is a co-working space so there likely will be other people there working. Generally, if we go early in the morning (8 or 9 am) during the week day, there will be fewer people there.
They have a drop in photo pass option that gives us 30 minutes for only $25 or a 4 hour pass for $150. You must first create an account on their website before you can purchase the pass.
Blok Studio Van Buren West
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Blok Studio Van Buren West just opened and I would love to shoot in this space! It's only $110 for 2 hours and looks so cozy and inviting! I haven't photographed in this space yet but I definitely wanted to include it here as an option!
Downtown Gilbert has some great options for new headshots. It's a public spot so we would need to be mindful of other people who are there but we could even get a coffee at Liberty and use their outdoor seating area for a quick "Laptop and coffee" shot to get some photos of you working.
Heritage Square might be my favorite option for a quick 30 minute session. The gray concrete walls create wonderful light which makes for bright clean photos. While there's little chance for a natural looking "Laptop" photo here, a journaling on the steps shot is definitely in the cards. These photos are also generally very versatile so they will work across different platforms from Linkedin to Facebook to Instagram.
This spot is also very popular so the chances of us sharing the space with 2-3 other photographers is high up there, but usually everyone is very respectful of each other.
Hotel Adaline in Scottsdale has brilliant colorful, fun backgrounds and a little pink outdoor cafe area perfect for a working on the go shot.
I've shot here twice and both times my clients were guests at the Hotel. They do have a day pass though so you can rent a room for the day for us to shoot there. I highly recommend shooting there early in the day (like a 9 am start time) because all the good spots are West facing and look better when the sun is coming up from behind.
I haven't done a branding shoot here yet but I did recently photograph this lovely family in Downtown Chandler. The area just off the main street was my favorite by the Civic Center. I do recommend doing this one on a Sunday when the municipal building is closed and overall traffic is lower.
If you're struggling with coming up with a location idea, I recommend first defining what you want the end images to look like. If your brand is free spirited with desert vibes and you don't want those "Laptop shots", then we can head out to Saguaro Lake and shoot in some desert scenery.
If you're an Interior designer definitely wanting shots of you surrounded with paint swatches and drawing on graph paper, an Air B&B is going to be the way to go.
If you're a fitness coach and want to bring your yoga mat and have some shots of you stretching and posing with your favorite water bottle, a clean indoor studio would be perfect!
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