Fall is one of my favorite times of year for all kinds of landscape photography, but it turns out to be a great time for portrait photography as well. In Rochester, most of the trees look the same from late spring to early fall, but for a brief time in the fall, the trees erupt with color and beautiful backdrops are all over. I’m pleased to share with you some of my photos with Ryan from this fall.
Genesse Valley Park is one of my perennial favorite locations for shooting portraits of any type, and with good reason. I love that it’s a central location, so just about anyone looking for a photographer in Rochester can easily meet there. It’s also has a beautiful aesthetic for senior pictures or couples photography. The park is both stately because it was a planned urban park, designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, but also calming from the presence of water all around. The park straddles the intersection of the Erie Canal and the Genesee River, making it an interesting focal point for people interested in history and civil engineering.
But back to our subject!
I had the pleasure of working with Ryan this fall. If he looks at all familiar it’s because I photographed his older sister Rachel for her senior photos two years ago. Both are from my birthplace of Batavia, NY, which makes it even more special that they made the trip up to Rochester to work with me.
Ryan was just as much of a natural in front of the lens as his older sister.
This steep concrete bridge arches over the Erie Canal. Genesee Valley Park has several of these small bridges and they are great locations for portraits. It’s difficult for the camera to convey how steep they are, which I often use to create the illusion that my subject is taller, skinnier, or that a couple is more similar in height. I didn’t need to make Ryan look taller, but I do love the way this location helped him pose in a confident and natural way.
I really love this abandoned train bridge at GVP. I might be biased due to my affinity for trains, but I think the hard lines and rusty beams of an abandoned bridge work well for male portraits. Often I find myself seeking out the softest, least distracting backgrounds for women, but as a guy I’d prefer something with a little more edge!
Every season is a great season for outdoor photography in Rochester. As I look outside my window, huge white flakes are falling to the ground. I can’t wait until I have some fresh winter engagement shots to show you!