Senior Portrait on Old Bridge in Rochester

Ryan’s Senior Portraits at Genesee Valley Park in the Fall

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.

Garden at Trump Plaza in Chicago photographed by Andrew Moretti

A Slice of Designed Nature in Chicago

A large, crowded, and unfamiliar city can be an exciting place for any photographer. I love the chance to photograph the unfamiliar while traveling, but on my recent trip to Chicago I found myself utterly overwhelmed by the possibilities.

Interestingly, I had no problem taking photos for Facebook or Instagram with my iPhone. It was a great way to document everywhere I was going because I knew that everywhere would be geotagged. The problem was, I also knew that by leaving my DSLR tucked away in its bag I was missing out on a huge opportunity for creative fulfillment.

Ashley at Cobbs Hilll Portrait

Cobbs Hill Photography with Ashley at Dusk

A few months ago, Ashley transferred to the Apple Store. She’s always positive and fun to work with, so I was excited when she agreed to come along for a photography shoot the other evening.

Photographing in Late Evening

We both worked until 6:30, and had to separately eat, change and grab the camera gear. I also picked up Alicia and she came along as my assistant for the evening. The sun was already surprisingly low in the sky for mid summer, yet I knew we’d make something from the light that was left. I had brought all of my fastest lenses along and I wasn’t afraid to push the ISO if I had to.

Landscaping by Stonewood and Waters

How to Photograph Your Garden at Night

Recently I took some after photographs of a garden wall installation for a local Rochester landscape design firm. I arrived early in the afternoon to take the photos, which isn’t typically the most ideal time of day. Midday lighting can create harsh shadows or a washed-out image. I figured that it wouldn’t matter too much because these were just meant to show of the installation, not be a work of art.