Fall is my favourite time of year, the weather is perfect and everything looks pretty with yellow and gold leaves on the trees. I live not far from the Grand Mesa National Forest near Grand Junction, Colorado. I was very excited when I was asked to take senior photos for Elise. Shooting outdoor portraits in nature as she wanted is definately my thing.
Using only the natural light beaming through the trees and a white reflector to bounce white light back into her face ( yellow is everywhere ) I was able to give her over 100 photos in the 1 1/2 we were there. With a great model in this location i was able to get a bit more creative using leaves and tree trunks for environmental stage props.
I always wanted to try the leaves in the hair shot and I think we pulled that off nicely too, Elise just laid down on the grass as I shot away taking far too many photos as usual. By the end of the session I learnt that Elise is a flute player and just happen to have a flute in her car. So I made her go grab it for a few last shots before the sun went down. I recommend bringing any type of instrument you play to a session as it helps adds variety to the photos while telling a story about you.