Choosing a Location for Your Humboldt County Photo Session

Updated: Jan 17

Those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest are fortunate to have many gorgeous locations all around us. Where do you and your family like to spend time? If you have a place in mind for your photo session, talk to your photographer about it. She can tell you if it will work well for photos. Need some ideas? Keep reading!


The River


The river can be a wonderful place for photos. It is beautiful and peaceful. I don't know about you, but my family spends as much time as possible at the river all summer long, so it's also a place that is rich with happy memories.




The Beach


There are so many breathtaking beaches in Humboldt County. Having your photos taken at the ocean can be absolutley beautiful. There is plenty of room to explore, and the landscape makes for a stunning backdrop. If you have young children, keep in mind that they are likely to want to get down and play. I love photographing children as they play, but be prepared for photos of sandy kiddos!




The Dunes


The dunes are a great option because there is a lot of variety in the landscape. I love the way the colors and textures add interest to the photos. This sweet couple returned to the place where they got engaged for their session.




The Marsh


You don't need to have stunning landscapes around you to capture beautiful images of your family. A simple nature preserve with trees and paths can work perfectly. With the right light and loving connections, a good photographer can make just about any location look magical.




A Field


No one understands the beauty of a field of dead grasses better than a photographer. There is something so lovely about a landscape that really keeps the focus on the subject. When my daughter got this dress, she knew immediately that she wanted to be photographed in this field.




The Redwoods


The Redwood forest is such a treasure. When light shines through the trees just right, it can be absoultely captivating. The forest is best for a photo session for just one or two people. Large groups require a little more light in order to get everyone properly exposed.




Seasonal Locations


Some of my favorite locations are only in bloom for a season. If you are interested in having flowers in your photos, talk to your photographer about when the blooms might be expected. It will help if you can be flexible about your session date, as flowers do not operate on a precise and predictable schedule.




A Creek


Even in the summertime, this creek was COLD. I'm so happy this gorgeous mama was willing to sacrifice her feet's comfort for these beautiful images.



An "Urban" Location


Old Town Eureka has some great spots for photos. Choosing an urban location can open up opportunities for some really fun and creative shots. These locations tend to be a little less private, but if you don't mind people being around, it may be a great choice.



I hope this has given you some ideas! Locations change over time, so be sure to communicate with your photographer and give her plenty of time in case she needs to scout out the spot you have in mind.


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Julie is an Arcata photographer capturing authentic emotion, meaningful connections, and beautiful moments for families and couples in Humboldt County, California.

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