Hi there, I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful Autumn we are having!
I for one love it, as this is my favourite season and not just since I became a photographer 😉
Would you like an outdoor portrait session in this beautiful weather but aren’t sure where would be a good location?
Whether you book with me, someone else, or take photos yourself, I’ve compiled a handy list of my personal favourite photoshoot locations in Vienna.
1. Let’s start simple: Your own backyard or the park in your neighbourhood
Yes, I know, it sounds kinda obvious and you won’t necessarily be able to tell it’s Vienna, but for many people their neigbourhood park holds a special significance. And we can use the greenery as a lovely lush background, as we did in this maternity / couple’s session in Heidi’s Zauberpark in the 17th district:
2. Want some drama? No problem – Belvedere castle has what you need.
With long alleys, beautiful architecture, dramatic statues and – if you’re lucky – a thick carpet of snow (or very nicely arranged flowers and hedges) Belvedere makes for a wonderful backdrop for couples, dance portraits, maternity, or weddings. If you are brave like Yutong here, you can even dance in the snow!
While you’re there, warm up in the cafe in the museum or visit the many stunning art exhibitions they have.
3. The most requested and most quintessentially Viennese location: Schloss Schönbrunn
This one is a clear favourite with my clients, as it just screams “Vienna”. The park is so big that every time I come there, I discover a different angle and new ways to take your portraits, so while the surroundings are recognizable, every session is unique and you will receive photos that certainly don’t look generic. There are also plenty of opportunities in the park or around it to have a coffee and a slice of cake, if that’s your thing (it certainly is mine, can you tell? 😉 ) You sometimes do need to plan ahead to avoid the busloads of tourists, but it’s worth it.
4. Classic, minimalist, pure: Theseustempel in Volksgarten
It’s not the most well-known of places in Vienna, but it’s a wonderful “open air studio” and its clean, minimalistic and classic look let your fluffy gowns and colourful outfits shine. This would also be a great loction to take children who are afraid of studio flashes, as it gives an almost-studio look and with the plain background, cute kids’ outfits don’t overwhelm the images. It is pretty easy to reach by public transport too, and there are lovely trees and rosebushes all around it (depending on the season, of course.)
5. My all-time favourite: The Burggarten and Albertina
This is definitely my personal favourite spot. It’s super easy to reach, the Opera house in the background always looks gorgeous, and nobody can obstruct the view (uness they’re Spiderman, which would be pretty cool.) Also, together with the Burggarten nearby there are just so many different backgrounds in a very small space – you’ve got greenery, the greenhouse, stairs, peach coloured walls, the balcony with the opera in the background, and the opera itself is just across the street. After your shoot, why not reward yourself with a sausage from Vienna’s famous Würstelstand right outside the Albertina, or go inside and marvel at the beautiful paintings (right now they have a Monet exhibition which is amazing!)
If I’ve tickled your fancy and you’re interested in booking me for a photoshoot, don’t hesitate and reach out before the weather turns! It’s a great opportunity to get those Christmas cards or Christmas presents for the family done as well 🙂 I also have a studio, of course.
My email is mail[at]idavickers.com – I’m looking forward to hearing from you!