Until recently, I rarely took advantage of all the creative graffiti spaces we have available in New York City. Every once and then, I’ll walk around a colorful wall and take a snap on my phone but that’s about it. As it turned out though graffiti walls can really help to make your shot stand out in the most creative way.
That’s exactly what happened when I wanted to photograph my Minnie Mouse T-shirt and Mickey Mouse backpack from the vintage online retailer Micolet (they have so many cute pieces, definitely check them out!).
I learned that Disney characters are a common object of (legal) graffiti artists and I took my chances to make it work. I don’t know if you loved the Mickey overload in this photo session but I definitely loved the location and concept of the shoot.
Based on graffiti location scouting experience, below are my tips on how to find your perfect graffiti wall to use as a photo background.
Plan It with the Gram
You have to accept the fact that it will take a while to find the perfect outfit and graffiti wall match. So, it will be handy to have a list of places where you potentially want to shoot before you actually put together the looks. Use the “save” feature on Instagram to put together a list of beautiful locations you saw in people’s feeds.
I recommend organizing your finds in a separate collection and naming them something like “graffiti walls” or “places.” That way, it will be easier to stay organized with your location picks.
Plan It with Google Maps
While graffiti walls are not always listed on Google Maps, you can use their handy “save” function to create a map of photo-friendly locations in your city. Not only this strategy makes it easier to plan your coffee dates it also saved me so many times when the weather dramatically changed and I had to move my shoot indoors.
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There you have it: super easy strategies on how to find cute photo shoot locations. Personally, I keep adding things to both my Instagram and Google Maps “saves” weekly and these tools helped me tremendously when planning my next shoot. I hope these will help you too!