Tips on gaining and finding access to awesome locations?

I know there are services or even freelance scouters, sadly I do not have the cash to throw around for that, especially for personal projects.

I've read some articles on fstoppers such as from Kendra where a friend simply knocks a door of a mansion and they somehow get the access. Not sure if I can get 100% success rate while I go to...

How do you find a unique location?

i.e. a nice large swimming pool like at hotels... would you simply ask management if its not a chain, owner in that case for permission for a future shoot and hope they agree to your shoot concept? As well hope the concept doesn't offend them if its glamour based...???

I want to find a pool large enough to do some fashion (with slight...

Latest Environmental Work with Peter Coulson

I was fortunate and proud to be able to host the incredible Peter Coulson ( ) from Australia for the first of several workshops in the USA at the Phlearn studio in Chicago this week! This image of the beautiful Haley Danhausen was taken today during day 2 of this amazing weekend session, and I can't express...

Man in the bar

Photographed at high noon under the shadow of this open bar shelter. The open side of the bar is on the left. Everything in the photo is flash lit simulating night time ambiance.