Ben Cooper is a young but very experienced and accomplished space launch photographer. He's done photography for various web sites and magazines including Aviation Week and Discover. I found his web site launchphotography.com while searching for shuttle launch viewing tips (I'm worried about what happens if the launch is scrubbed next Tuesday - I will stick around the area a few days but I'm not sure the VIP launch site at KSC will be open to conference attendees after Tuesday, so I'm checking on alternate viewing locations).
In addition to many great launch and pre-launch photos, Ben has some launch viewing tips on his web site. STS-117 is pictured (assuming the link to his site stays valid).