So we had been pondering for a few days now where we can go for awesome photography outdoors in the winter. In the summer there are many lush parks and interesting locations that have nice green backdrops, flowers, interesting grass, or at least trees. In winter all the grass is mashed down, the trees have no leaves, and the flowers are gone. Also, everything has this ugly melted snow stuck in the shadows. Fresh snow is one thing, but give it a few weeks to melt and it gathers dust and dirt and we just don't think it works for our purpose.
Now we have to say, this doesn't make for bad photography, there are all sorts of interesting subjects out there to photograph, but we really don't like it for portrait backgrounds. We just don't think the "dead" look of winter around here will please most people looking to have their image captured. So what is there to use as backdrops? Buildings. There are all sorts of interesting buildings around here year-round.
Yesterday we went to Reno with a friend as a model and shot him around the UNR campus. I have to say, UNR is a GREAT location for photography, especially on a weekend when there aren't too many people roaming around. The bricks on the library and student union are very nice, and there are stairs everywhere. UNR is a versatile place, as well. During the spring and summer there are beautiful gardens all over the place. On the south campus there is a pond with fountains and swans. (Can you tell I went to college there?)
If you want an outdoor shoot, I have to recommend UNR as a great choice - any time of year.
Some of our results: