A photography “trend” that hit the internet recently is the ugly location challenge, which is exactly what it sounds like! Instead of streamlining for the usual beautiful locations in the Destin area, I thought I would challenge myself to this idea and do something out of the norm for me! I wanted somewhere with bad lighting and limited backdrops and Lowe’s in Crestview, FL seemed like the perfect option!
Before the photoshoot I set a rule to work with what’s already there such as lighting and props. I wanted just the model, my camera, and me. Just for your information, I did contact a friend of mine who works there to see if he thought I would get kicked out! He informed me that I should be fine. I then sought out a victim, i mean a model! As you can imagine when I asked a few ladies they had this confused look on their faces. It was priceless! My coworker, Kimberly Snodgrass, who is a nurse at Eglin Air Force Base Hospital, took the bait! She was a little taken back, but when I showed her other photographers who took this challenge she was totally on board!
One the day of the shoot, Lowe’s was a little crowded since it was a really nice sunny day here in Florida. Kim and I walked in and just started to walk around and stop at various areas throughout the store such as paint, lumber, garden, and appliance departments. Kim is not a professional model. She was a little nervous, but after a few minutes she got into her groove! We got stares as we stopped at different departments, but we had a blast! I am all about having fun while working.
Overall, I think this shoot was a WIN! Now, will I ever suggest someone do a photoshoot at Lowe’s? Okay! Maybe not a family photoshoot, but for just a single person portrait I would say, YES! I just love these images!
Give an unconventional spot a chance, you never know what kind of fabulous images you will end up with!