Choosing the Perfect Outdoor Location for Your Family Session

October 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

So you've booked your family session and now it's time to choose the perfect spot for capturing your family's memories. The session location plays an important part in achieving the images you envision and I'm sharing a few tips to help make your choice easier.

The outdoor locations I use for family sessions are handpicked and scouted in advance to ensure the light will be perfect for the time of day you’ve chosen for your session. Knowing the location inside and out creates a session experience entirely focused on you.

One thing I know for certain is that there's an abundance of beautiful locations available for your session and I want to make sure the spot we choose is the absolute best fit for you and your family's vision and comfort. As part of the booking experience, my families receive a questionnaire to complete, helping me to get to know you better, which includes learning about the elements of a location you're most drawn to.   

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When it comes to choosing the perfect location for your family session, there are three things you may wish to consider:

  1. Where will you and your family be most comfortable? What type of experience are you desiring for your session? Are you envisioning exploring a dune or jebel? How about a park for your little one to run around and capture their joyous expressions as they find you waiting for them at the bottom of the slide? Does your family enjoy time spent within the grass and trees or prefer a landscape that best represents Saudi Arabia? Every location offers a unique experience and it’s important that we choose the right location for your family so that you feel at ease and have fun.   
  2. How will you enjoy your final images? If you're planning to display your images on the walls of your house for years to come, the decor of your home might be something you want to consider when choosing a location. Or if you have a gallery wall that will combine the final images from your current session with the images you've taken over time, it's important to think about whether you want there to be a common theme between all of the images in the set or if you like the idea of a new look for each of your sessions. 
  3. What outfits do you have in mind for your session? If you have a certain look you’re envisioning or already have your wardrobe picked out for your session, that is fabulous! If you've picked out navy blues, greens or maroons for a Fall look, this works well against a lush backdrop of grass and trees. If you’ve chosen a dune landscape of mostly white sand and blue skies, neutral tones for your outfits will make you shine. 

When you book your session with Erin Clayton Photography, you can choose to have your session on location or in the comfort of your own home. Outdoor locations are available within Dhahran compound, Abqaiq compound, and the breathtaking sand dunes outside of Abqaiq compound.

Here are a few images from some of my favorite spots within each location:


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Dhahran compound offers a variety of locations depending on what type of look you're desiring. Some of my favorite location "looks" include the jebels at sunset, grass with big trees, desert with trees and plants, and the park for a more playful interactive session. 

The Dunes and Desert at Sunset

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A sunset session at the dunes outside of Abqaiq compound are a new option and make for a fun and adventurous location for families looking to explore an untamed and unique landscape within Saudi Arabia. There is much to explore and the soft sand makes it easy to be barefoot. The dunes are approximately 50 minutes driving distance from Khobar. 


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Abqaiq offers lovely locations with a beautiful contrast of sand and trees, distinctive of the climate and landscape within Saudi Arabia. My favorite locations within Abqaiq include the golf course, desert area, and the park. 

Sessions are now being booked for Spring 2018 and it's never too early to start a conversation about the type of session you'd like, so let's chat! Please send me a note via the contact page or email

Erin Clayton Photography is a natural light photographer specializing in child, family, baby and maternity photography.


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