Scott & Lanie| Outdoor Fall Portrait – Children| Ellijay, Georgia

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Leslie Byrd Photography| Child Portrait| Ellijay, GeorgiaA Crisp, Autumn Day at the Park

It started like many others… The brilliant round orb, high overhead, the cloudless blue sky and gentle breezes. The air was dry, but the cool temperature refreshing. It was a perfect day for portraiture and play. And I made promises of play-ground time in trade for just a few lovely (and cooperative) posed shots.

As usual, there was not much bargaining actually needed; the green grass and colorful foliage beckoned. And my children are fairly used to my wanting pictures during specific holidays and seasons – the process is now usually quick and familiar; I have them well trained. Ha!

I just love their sweet smiles, their joyful faces, and the love they so often share! And it all really came through in these images!

We picked which side of the park to work and play on, and settled for the first entrance by the main intersection- a section of the park we rarely frequent. It turned out to be the perfect choice!

Leslie Byrd Photography| Child Portrait| Ellijay, Georgia
Natural Props, and Location, Location, Location!

I’ve mentioned it before, and it bears repeating- my favorite thing regarding outdoor sessions, is the never-ending supply of natural props and inspiration!

Almost immediately upon stepping out of our vehicle, we saw this lovely little stump that made the perfect stool for sitting poses! It worked out wonderfully for these Fall Portraits!

When outdoors, remember to keep your eyes open for any interesting or useful natural element around to include and incorporate into your session! Having a creative eye can work wonders for the amateur, hobbyist, and professionals alike, or even for those just starting out… as well as for the client lending a suggestion to their photographer! Parents, family members, friends – don’t forget these are your sessions, too, and you may see something in that bridge or river bank that your photographer didn’t notice or see! Always be ready with suggestions!

Leslie Byrd Photography| Child Portrait| Ellijay, Georgia

Playtime & A Nice Surprise!

After we got in several awesome shots, I let the kids play on one of the playgrounds for a while. There was sliding, climbing, flipping, hanging on the monkey bars… They had a lot of fun! And then we went exploring! We saw a tiny clearing where part of the river could be seen, and we took a few photos in front of it, and then we took a walk further down the river to the very end of the park.

We came to a spot we had never visited before- a circular sidewalk met with natural rock and tree-root steps, down the edge of the river. At the bank we saw a large flock of geese, all across the rock and shallow water, bathing and searching for food, relaxing, swimming, you name it… We quietly sat down at the river-edge and observed these gorgeous birds for quite some time. After a while, the geese decided we were not a threat and came closer to us; we used the opportunity for some photographs.  A nice man came by with bird feed and we were also able to feed the geese and a few other nearby birds. The scene was so gorgeous and serene! All in all it was a beautiful, fun, and rewarding day!

Stay Tuned!

Coming soon I will have a new post showcasing some of the awesome geese images I captured this past weekend along the river – be on the lookout for them!

I also challenge you all to go out and capture your best outdoor Autumn images! Submit them to me using my email – – along with a little description; you may just see them in a post in the near future!

Enjoy this gorgeous weather and the beauty that surrounds you! Spend time with your family & friends, and make the best of every moment! Thank you all for taking the time to stop in and to look at my work. I appreciate each and every one of you!



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Jennifer| Photography Portrait Session in the Park

Clients, Ellijay Georgia, Ellijay Georgia, Families, Photography, Portraits, Sessions

Photography in the Park

"Leslie was AMAZING and we had so much fun! Superb!" - Jennifer Houle| Family Portrait Session, Ellijay Georgia

A sweltering Summer Day… Barely a breeze… Sun, shining from directly overhead, and not a cloud in the sky. Sounds like the makings for a great day at the park! But…not exactly the best conditions for an on-location photo shoot…

Without cloud cover, the radiating sun can too easily create harsh, blown-out highlights across subjects, and just as distracting shadows. The wrong pose, slightest tilt of the head in the wrong direction, shows on squinty-eyed, grimaced faces. And oppressive, humid temperatures can quickly cause even the most entusiastic of clients to drag their feet and rush through a session.

Not the case with this bunch…

Family and Fun!!!

It’s a great experience when photographer and client can meet cohesively together with ideas and excitement for a successful session. It is important that all can easily communicate and transition from pose to pose, idea to idea, and work together. Parks are a place for playfulness, and that playful energy was definitely brought along and welcomed. And likewise, an effortless back and forth of dialogue to create beautifully stunning images.

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

A group of five females, I worked together with them to capture both individual, and group images. Especially important when highlighting teenagers and children in a portrait (or anyone in general, really), is directing them in a gentle way to find and bring out a bit of their unique personalities, and the ability to translate that into the camera. Even better is when client(s) has a contagiously lighthearted attitude, and “out-take” images are purposely created to keep things fun and interesting; it creates a rare session dynamic that keeps it moving forward, full of smiles and inspiration.

Working Against the Elements

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

One of the things that I find myself and the client enjoying most about on-location park sessions, is that it allows for us to move from spot to spot during the course of the photography, creating a wide variety of poses, natural props, and backgrounds. Even the most unfortunate of circumstances can often provide opportunity for beauty, fun, and creativity. Direct, overhead, harsh natural light, for example, may call for images to be taken closer to the cover of bushes and trees, where branches and leaves create a natural filter. When the light cannot be avoided, there are times when a simple soft, peachy preset can be applied post-processing, resulting in an airy feminine portrait that borders on ethereal.

Thank You!

Thank you, Jennifer, and your delightful crew, for the awesome session! It was such a FUN experience, and that was due in large part, all to you! There were so many favorites from this session, I’m not sure where to begin! I’m so glad I was able to provide you with so many more than we expected, and I hope it provided you with great memories and gifts to pass along. I look forward to working with you again!

~Leslie Byrd Photography 📷❤️

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These images were captured and edited by Leslie Byrd Photography,
taken with a Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera.
©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography
They are the  sole property of Leslie Byrd, Leslie Byrd Creative, & Leslie Byrd Photography,
& may not be copied, altered, reproduced, or printed without the sole written consent of Leslie Byrd Photography.
They may only be shared directly from this page, and other pages where this link appears, with credit given to Leslie Byrd Photography.
Thank you!

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