NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches professional photographer is sharing tips on how be a bit more courteous when shooting on location. Some trendy photo shoots can cause problems for picturesque communities.
Creative Photography owner Clay Bostian has his studio in downtown Nacogdoches for a reason.
"The character of the buildings, the doorways, the walls, the brick streets, great color and texture," Bostian said.
The popular location shoots in older towns are used by professional and amateur photographers alike. Concern grows when marks are left behind long after the photo shoot is over.
"These buildings are very old. Hundred years old," Bostian said. The bricks are really porous." >
Even chalk can be difficult to remove. Spray-painted graffiti may never come off.
"There's a large diamond ring painted on the wall," Bostian said. "I would assume it was done for an engagement portrait, but that's been there for probably a year. That's something that if you needed to do it in a photograph you could do it digitally in Photoshop."
Other trendy photo shoots are simply causing a mess. For instance, a baby's smash cake comes to mind.
"Some people are doing those on the street leaving a smashed up cake," Bostian said.
Another trendy photo shoot involves "throwing confetti in the air and letting it rain down or having a handful of glitter and blowing it at the camera," Bostian said.
Bostian resorted to a backdoor sign telling people please do not leave confetti or glitter on the sidewalk. It is very difficult to clean up.
"I think it's all in fun," Bostian said. "Maybe we can educate people to basically clean up after themselves."
After Bostian posted his concerns on Facebook, two high school girls responsible for this graffiti stopped by to apologize.
"And they actually went and cleaned it off that wall right over there," Bostian said,
Another popular shooting location for Texans this time of year is in the middle of bluebonnet patches. Photographers are reminded not to trespass on private property without checking with the owner first. And don't be surprised if you're asked not to squish the bluebonnets.