Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas are full of beautiful locations to have a portrait session. From rural farming land to the urban Uptown region, there are so many places in this town to really have a great portrait session. I love on location shoots for various reasons but mostly because my clients and I can determine which location really works well with their personality, chosen attire and the overall look they want to achieve in their portrait session.
So here are 10 of my favorite locations in and around the Charlotte, NC area for on location portrait sessions.
1. The Boardwalk at the University Hilton Hotel–
I’ve done a ton of portrait sessions here and the look is amazing. It can be quite busy on the weekends, but some careful placement and patience yields amazing images at this location. From family sessions to senior prom and creative sessions, this location always delivers.
Collin Shirley (Class of 2016) Senior Portrait Session
2. The Fort Mill Dairy Barn –
Also known as the Anne Springs Close Greenway, this is the spot if you’re looking for a beautiful rural setting. This sprawling area has so many different backdrops for that country look and feel. You may even be able to get a beautiful horse in your background.
3. Tyvola Business Park –
This is off the beaten path and not in an obviously picturesque place, but this gem is tucked away on the back side of an office complex and has beautiful water features and lush greenery throughout. Best of all is that it’s secluded and not well-known so you’re not waiting for “moving scenery” to pass by.
4. Baxter Village in Fort Mill, SC –
Right in the heart of Fort Mill, SC this collection of shops and eateries is nestled right in front of a beautiful, quaint community of homes. Cute shops line both sides of the streets and there are plenty of amazing spots to create beautiful images.
5. In or Around Your Own Home! –
I have so much fun surprising people with wonderful portrait locations in and around their own homes. You’d be surprised how the right composition and lighting can create an unlikely location that yields amazing images.
6. Your School Court or Field –
As long as we can safely and LEGALLY access the court or field of your sport we can capture you in your element and create some amazingly edgy and dramatic sports images.
7. Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC –
Winthrop’s campus is BEAUTIFUL and I have not even scratched the surface of amazing places to shoot. If you’re a native of the Rock Hill area I’m sure you could show me some amazing places that I hadn’t even thought of.
8. The RiverWalk in Rock Hill, SC –
The proximity of Rock Hill, SC to Charlotte, NC and the fact that I live right in between the two means that I have the both to two cities with beautiful locations all around. This gem is also full of character and drama for late evening portrait sessions.
9. First Ward Park in Uptown Charlotte –
With the tall beautiful buildings of Uptown Charlotte in view this is a perfect place to capture the beauty of the park environment and still incorporate an urban feel.
10. A Cool Edgy Indoor Location –
I typically like outdoor locations for my sessions but ocassionally I’ll find an edgy indoor location like this dance studio where my daughters dance. The black wall is funky and makes a creative backdrop for this fun session.
These are just a very few of the hundreds of locations in and around Charlotte for having a portrait session. Maybe you have a favorite park or location where you would love to have a portrait session.