Wedding Guide - How to Find the Perfect Location For Your Wedding Photos

Finding a great location for your wedding photos can be tricky. There are so many hidden spots (especially on the Mornington Peninsula) which can make it extra hard to find somewhere to have your wedding photos taken. Deciding on one or two locations can also be hard, with so many different backdrops to choose from, it’s hard to narrow down your locations. Here are my top tips on finding the perfect location to shoot your wedding photos.

Try and choose a location that is close to the wedding venue –

The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time travelling on your wedding day. Picking a location that is close to the venue means that you will be able to get your wedding photos shot faster and you will be able to get back to enjoying time with your guests more quickly. An even bigger plus is if you can find a venue that you can shoot your wedding photos at. Estates and vineyards are perfect for wedding pictures, so keep your photos in mind when selecting a venue for your big day.

Jess and Drew’s wedding took place at the beautiful Trofeo Estate in Dromana. We didn’t need to travel anywhere for the wedding photos because the Estate grounds were so beautiful. This also meant that the bride and groom got back to their guests quickly because we didn’t have to waste time travelling.

Jess and Drew’s wedding took place at the beautiful Trofeo Estate in Dromana. We didn’t need to travel anywhere for the wedding photos because the Estate grounds were so beautiful. This also meant that the bride and groom got back to their guests quickly because we didn’t have to waste time travelling.

Choose a spot with multiple background options – 

One of my main tips for finding your perfect location is to find somewhere that has multiple spots that you can use as a backdrop, all within one area. This makes getting your wedding photos taken so much easier and allows the photographer to shoot multiple backgrounds in a shorter space of time. One of my favourite locations for this is Seawinds Park in Arthurs seat, you have so many trees, plants and the ocean to use as a backdrop. Any park that has a variety of trees, flowers and nature is always a great location for photos, or you can try and find a beach that also has a nice garden nearby.

Ellen and Tim decided to shoot their wedding photos on a family friends property in Red Hill. This made for the perfect location. We had a beautiful driveway, the ocean and an amazing garden to use, which meant we didn’t have to travel to multiple locations.

Ellen and Tim decided to shoot their wedding photos on a family friends property in Red Hill. This made for the perfect location. We had a beautiful driveway, the ocean and an amazing garden to use, which meant we didn’t have to travel to multiple locations.

Keep the weather in mind –

One great way to avoid any wedding photo disasters is to think about what the weather will be like and always have a back up plan. If you are getting married during a colder time of the year, always try and find a location that has a sheltered area for photos in case it rains.  The same goes for Summer, sometimes it can be too hot to stand in the sun, or you want to avoid those squinting photos, try and pick a location with a shaded area.

Ask your photographer –

If you are stuck with locations near your venue, ask your photographer! If you are hiring some who is local to the area, they will know of some great spots that you might not have even thought or heard of. When you meet with your photographer let them know of the style of wedding photos you are wanting and the mood you are after, and they can help you decide on some locations nearby.

Carmela and Mark found this beautiful beach spot that was only a few minutes drive from their venue.

Carmela and Mark found this beautiful beach spot that was only a few minutes drive from their venue.

Look around on social media and Google –

Instagram and Facebook are full of photos of beautiful places, making it the perfect (and easiest) place to search for pretty wedding photo spots. Try looking up the suburb you are getting married in and browse the shots people have posted. I have found plenty of pretty locations by searching spots on instagram and then finding the location myself.

Pinterest is another great way to find inspiration. Make a mood board with location ideas that you like and then try and find something similar in your area. Having an idea of what you want, can often make it easier to search. You can also try showing your friends your inspiration and ask if they know of any similar locations.

Marissa Jade