For my outdoor family portraits, autumn holds a special magic.
It often means my customers have to bundle up warm with coats, scarfs and gloves, and need to locate those wellies that haven’t been worn since the last winter, but the efforts are well and truly worth it! The low sunlight glistening through the surrounding trees and autumn foliage is so magical. In my pictures the backdrop and light play a key part in ensuring stunningly beautiful results, and as autumn approaches each year here in the Chilterns I’m always researching new woodland locations to make the most of the colours.
This autumn most of my portraits were in the Amersham and Beaconsfield area, as well as at my lovely Chesham manor house premises.
Here are some of my favourite pictures from last month. It was a surprisingly mild and dry autumn on the days I had scheduled for portraits, and thankfully this meant I wasn’t working around the usual rainy climate we’ve experienced in recent years.
My favourite pictures from this collection were taken amongst gorgeous woodland ferns, and this type of foliage illuminates so perfectly in low sunlight. Often the best angles are at ground level for my camera, down amongst the insects and muddy terrain. Like my customers I started out with a waterproof blanket underfoot; then I start moving around for the best angles, and before you know it I had abandoned my waterproof protection. At the end of a typical woodland portrait day I return home looking like I’ve been dunked in a mud bath, but that’s the price I pay for my art I guess!
Enjoy your week!