Want a bunch of tourists in the background? Shoot in any park in a city on a warm afternoon!
Really, though, a packed outdoor market with tons of people can make for really interesting movement and atmosphere in the photos, but it may happen that a random stray person giving you stink eye while wondering into your photos isn’t what you have in mind. A park session sounds convenient until someone has parked under your favorite tree (and that’s the entire reason we picked this park, Chad). While there may be a beach you have in mind, keep in mind that other people also like beaches. It’s important to be mindful of areas that have heavy traffic on the weekends and some locations, like a cute row of stores, ice cream, and coffee shops, may be packed in the afternoon on a weekend. Our job as photographers is to assure you it’s normal, wait it out, and time the photos appropriately, but if this doesn’t sound like your scene, I totally get it.
This is one reason why getting out into nature can be such a huge bonus and state parks typically have sunrise to sunset hours to boot. Keep in mind that while some state parks are wide, expansive and you may not see anyone the entire time you’re exploring, other parks have a singular draw; like a waterfall, a specific view, or a dead body where visitors will congregate and potentially be taking selfies in the background of your photos. Also, this is a HUGE benefit of sunrise sessions! You usually run into a few joggers and that’s it!
And just a note! One place that’s probably not busy that you’re already familiar with is your home (which, bonus, says a lot about the two of you, too!). It can be a great place for intimate portraits and it requires little to no location scouting at all.