When I worked at my old job I was asked by one of my coworkers to take their family pictures at a location I had never been to. It was out in the country where I later discovered I had terrible if nonexistent cell service for my phone.
Doing the prep work I looked on Google maps and Google earth and street view to try and get a feel for the location they knew and loved. It was a beautiful small town with a small river dam that had a steady flow of water tumbling over the top of the dam. We were going to take our pictures under the bridge in front of the dam.
Since it was so hot outside and the light was so harsh I requested we take the photographs at 7:20 in the morning so we would have good light and not be sweating to death. While the drive out there was close to a 45 minute drive and we had to leave early it was well worth it! The shoot was a success and we all had a blast.