Fall Colors in Newport Beach

Many families like to have a professional portrait session in the fall.  It's a great time to get updated photos of your family as well as a beautiful image for your holiday card.  When we get a call for a portrait session, one of the first - and most important - things we must consider is the location.  You've heard it before - location, location, location.  If the family wants to have a studio session, we need to choose a background.  If the family wants to be photographed outdoors, in nature, we go scouting for a location.
A couple of weeks ago, a Newport Beach family called with a unique request.  They want a location session, outdoors, very close to home (i.e. Newport Beach) --- in the fall colors!  Wait....what?
Scouting locations for a portrait session involves consideration of a number of important factors, including what does the background look like?  What is the lighting like at any given time of the day?  Can we find a spot where we won't be overrun by lots of people inadvertently taking over the background?  And in this case - we had to find something with the look of fall colors as well.  Not an easy task in Newport Beach, California!

We considered several park locations in the area and actually scouted out a few of them.  The family in question did not want to travel more than a few minutes from home, making the search a bit more challenging.  Once we did find some locations, some of them were quite a hike from the nearest parking area, also making it a big challenge.

We took Buddy along, as he loves to be part of the scouting team!  Here is what we found.

Not only does it look like a fall scene, there is a beautiful pond, full of lots of ducks (just watch your step while walking around!)  You will also notice the scene is framed by a beautiful big tree in the foreground.

Although those trees you see in the background are not really orange, the sun shining on them at this time of day gives them a glow which makes them look that way.  At this point, there is no photoshop involved - it's just finding the right spot, at the right time of day.  We hope that it will be this sunny on the day of the shoot -- praying!

And, of course, Buddy approves of this location and will be on hand as our number 1 assistant when we photograph the Newport Beach family - who I think will be quite pleased with their fall portrait!


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