For dramatic photos, consider a unique portrait location. Your photographer may have some favorite spots in mind, but you can also suggest a setting that means something to you. For example, photographer Olivia Leigh shot Holland and Nate, on North Avenue Beach in Chicago. "The couple really wanted to incorporate the city since they were moving away in just a few weeks," she explains. There are other factors that make the shot compelling as well: 1) The backdrop beautifully contrasts nature (the cityscape versus Lake Michigan and a clear blue sky)—very smart; and 2) Olivia shot the couple standing up, which echoes the vertical lines of the towering skyscrapers. "I really wanted Holland and Nate to remain the focus," she says. "I positioned them off-center in the foreground so the emphasis would be on them, while the skyline would be showcased in a more subtle way."