I’ve long considered fall my favorite season and today marks the start of the latest version. September is a pretty quiet month for me shooting, but I’ve kept myself busy with some other photography projects, one of which I’ll have more about around the first of October.
The calendar doesn’t directly affect the weather, but today the first day of fall really does feel like it. I took a long hike this morning in the woods for a few hours not seeing another human soul the whole time. The squirrels scamper around gathering nuts and the mostly eaten remnants of walnuts litter the trails. The first hints of color show in a few trees and the first pioneers of the leaves to soon cover the ground have arrived. In a couple weeks I expect to be looking at a wonderful display of color that the weather of the year should have set up for us.
I do miss shooting models outside as the weather cools, but on those rare days when temperatures and schedules align the combination of the two can be quite interesting. This year I’ve gotten outdoors for shoots less often than I’d like because of the weather and other interruptions and distractions in life. In fact spring and early summer really were a terrible year for shooting outdoors and August really was my most productive month by a wide margin.
Still I’m looking forward to fall this year. I have a pretty nice schedule of shoots for October planned. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for at least a few of them to get some last outdoor shots before winter sets in. While I’m going to focus on landscape, stars, and non model photography while in Arizona this November, I do expect a few shoots out there with some familiar faces.
A few fall outdoors photos from the archives. First a shot of Adrina Lynn from back in 2010 in weather that really was way too cold to do outdoor nudes. We only worked about a half hour and it was obvious that it was just too cold. It took her quite a while to warm up afterward.
Also a shot I love of Melissa Troutt from early October a couple years ago. This shoot was very on the fly and scrambling as our originally planned location didn’t work out and we had to improvise. We wound up trying a nice little spot I need to go back to again some day. Melissa was also still getting over a very nasty case of poison ivy requiring a little extra editing and posing care. We still got some pretty good work that day.