I scout all non-home locations before sessions. This allows me to know what the sun is doing when, what kind of lighting I need and then plan the timing of the session to be most productive. No one wants to sit around while the photographer is trying to figure out where to go next! And the session I had planned that would be at this location included two dogs that would need to be photographed as efficiently as possible so that they would not get over excited.
So I snagged my A-number one model and cutie-potootie Piper and her mom and headed up to the Benicia Waterfront. We found the perfect locations for action shots, the coolest old building which would do perfectly for posed images of the dogs and their family and the best spots for the most lovely bay views. Here are a few images from the scouting session and you can read the blog post of the session that came about as a result of this scouting with Koda and Greta here.