Uptown Westerville Ohio needs to be added to my favorite photo locations list. I have always loved the small-town feel and the amazing restaurants (Northstar and Temperance Row Brewing Company are two excellent choices), but I had never really done a photo session in Uptown. A few weeks ago, two students of mine joined me one evening for a session, and we had a blast. In fact, it seems that we only scratched the surface of what Uptown has to offer for a photo session.
Favorite Features of Uptown Westerville Ohio
1. Front Steps and Brick Walls
As soon as you get out of your car, you’ll find plenty of stone front steps and brick walls for that small-town vibe. Just check the position of the sun and find the best one for your session. The steps we started with on our evening session were at the corner of Main and State, just west of the intersection. You can use the shape of the stairway and the leading lines to guide our eyes. Just across the street was a big expanse of painted white brick. I love a white brick wall for creating simple photos that focus on the subject.
2. Alleys and Staircases
I just love the narrow alley that features a plain brick wall on one side and a white brick wall on the other. It’s just south of Main on the west side of State. It might look a little narrow and nondescript, but trust me, with a little light and the right perspective you can create some fun photos. As you can see in my examples, I love having my subject sit on the ground to really exaggerate the perspective of the alley.
Just across the street is a walkway with wonderful plants and a rustic staircase. Use the windows, use the brick path, use the staircase from below and above. The variety is endless! I especially love the photos we created where I stood above them on the staircase while they used the handrail to pose and lean. In the late evening, the sky was a perfectly huge light source–I didn’t even need my strobes to create beautiful images.
3. Feature Local Businesses
Uptown Westerville Ohio has so many great small businesses. Just find a favorite or two and feature their storefronts and architecture in your photos. We liked the auto shop just to the east of State on Main. We found more fun brick walls, great bright colors, and a stack of tires that just seemed to be calling for a quick set of photos. (No tires were harmed in the making of these photos.) Don’t be afraid to find little corners and details around town. What may look like a boring stack of tires or a back staircase could turn into a favorite photo!
Create in Uptown Westerville Ohio with Friends
One thing that made this session so fun was having two good friends spend time together. While your typical senior photo session is usually scheduled as a solo experience, consider bringing along a friend! Here are just a few reasons to bring a friend to your session:
1. You’d have someone there who can bring comfort and familiarity, especially if you’re a little nervous to start your session.
2. You’d have another watchful eye on wardrobe, hair, and accessories.
3. You’d have your own behind-the-scenes and social media creator to document the whole session.
4. You’d have professional photos with your best friend that you’d never have otherwise.
You wouldn’t need the entire session to focus on the two of you–a few shutter clicks here and there, and–voila–complementary friend photos to go with your amazing senior session.
Whether we create with just the two of us or bring a friend along, I know you’ll love your next session in Uptown Westerville Ohio. I hope you’ll join me soon! Click the “Contact Me” button at the top or bottom of this page to get in touch and get started.