Lyndale Park Rose Garden Portraits Session | Minneapolis Portraits
LYNDALE PARK ROSE GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY
A light-infused portraits session at one of Minneapolis' best parks
The Lyndale Park Rose Garden is one of my favorite places for portraits. With a unique whimsical quality and multitude of floral backdrops to make any photographer happy, this place is magical, serene, and pleasant - all in one. And so for this portraits session featuring Martha Juliana, I chose the gardens because of those qualities. In additional to the beautiful floral spaces, you have the ornate rose gardens, and then of course, Lyndale Lake, with it's clear and serene backdrop. It's a wonderful choice for any of my clients who are looking for a blend of floral beauty with clam and serenity of still water and sky.
SHOOTING IN MAGIC LIGHT
"Magic Light" is just a phrase I tend to use when a subject is evenly backlit with natural reflector key-lighting the subject from the front, or when a soft golden hour summer sun key-lights the subject from the front. You can find examples of both above. I love this type of light because it tends to illuminate the subject - through the use of powerful natural reflectors (such as sidewalk or white gravel), or the soft golden hue of the setting sun.
Martha Juliana's niece accompanied her for the session. We snapped a few shots of them together & this one happens to be one of my faves. So many of my favorite portraits are when my subjects can relax and just dreamily gaze into the camera. It produces an honest and authentic affect - and provides variation within a collection of carefree, fun & lifestyle photos.
UNIFORMITY OF TEXTURE & HUE
The intricate rocky textures of the Lyndale Peace Rock Garden looked especially beautiful during this wonderful golden hour. Above is one of my favorite photos from the session and Instagrammers agree: it is my most-liked photo so far on the 'gram. I think it's due to the uniformity of texture and hue in the shot. The rocky landscape dominates the frame, but is offset by the softness of Martha Juliana's skin. For the most part the colors we see in the frame share a similar sandy & nude earth tones palette, with darker tones scattered throughout the frame. This uniformity concentrates the eye and creates a simple, more minimalist & powerful image.
Shooting this session was special because it was a blend of light and color within the landscape that enhanced Martha Juliana's beauty. Finding the personality within nature & the terrain always plays a part in what I do.