Allison and I decided to take the challenge in finding fun, unique locations to take photos at in Salisbury. We stopped at a little greenhouse, headed out of town a few miles to try to get those open field shots (can be achieved in Salisbury!) and then went downtown to end the session. It’s fun to photograph your friends, especially when they have the best sense of style and are also in the same class as you so you can reassure each other you haven’t started the final paper that’s due next week (heh!).
Finding inspiration for this session was one of my favorite parts – Allison and I both have a similar style that makes working with each other really fun and easy. Sometimes when looking at those pretty photos on Pinterest or Instagram though, I feel like I won’t be able to get the same mood or effect if I were shooting in a different location that was maybe more suited to my style. Unless you travel a lot doing photography, you’ll find yourself more often than not having to use the resources, including the landscape, around you to create the look you’re trying to achieve in your photos. I’d love to shoot the mountains out west or the desert wildflowers that of course go into freaking super-bloom after you MOVE AWAY (it’s still obviously killing me I couldn’t have been there for that) but I can’t do that because I’m simply not there. Instead, I try to improvise and manipulate what’s around me to get the effect I want.
The first shot of Allison at the top looks like an entry way into a gorgeous forest. It was actually a bunch of overgrowth near an old house right outside of town. The next one below was across the street in a field next to a little development. What I’m trying to get at is instead of being disappointed by something you can’t control, get excited about something you could create. Salisbury is not a huge destination for photography, but by manipulating resources in the area, you can make it look like your subject is somewhere completely different.