I cannot emphasize the importance of location enough!!! When you plan a shoot take in consideration the area, will there be loads of people, cars or just stuff you would not want on your photo. The correct location will give you the opportunity to get awesome photos.
I had the opportunity and the privilege to take the matric farewell photos for this young man, Keith Malemo. And he has done his homework on where he wanted his photos taken, at first I was a bit skeptical, as it is a very busy location with loads of students lounging under the trees, but I must admit it was a stunning area to take photos and most definitely will be used in the near future again.
Good luck with your final exams Keith!