How to Get the Best Photos on the High Line
Representing both NYC’s past and its future, the High Line is one of the city’s best attractions. The 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan lures in both tourists and locals alike, and it is a frequent location request for portrait shoots. But with over five million annual visitors and very little space to escape the masses, you need a plan so you can get the most out of your photo shoot here. In today’s blog post I will be sharing with you photos from Peggy, Mark and Phoebe’s recent portrait session and the High Line family portrait tips I used to capture the day.
Strategies for looking natural in front of the camera as a family
As you know, I am not a fan of stiff, boring poses. I would much rather let my portrait subjects be free to be themselves in front of my lens. That said, it is sometimes difficult to get people to look and feel natural while being photographed. So in this week’s blog post, I reveal how I structure a shoot and give you my list of my best family portrait poses that are guaranteed to get a relaxed smile out of any family member.
I can’t take credit for this, but at a recent family portrait with the O’Donovan family, Rory revealed to me the ultimate lesson in how to get your kids to look into the camera. I’ll be using this little tip for every family portrait going forward. A tiny trick for maximum camera eye contact in today’s blog post.
Are overcast skies good for photos?
The short answer is yes…and no. While overcast skies can help defuse the light and make colors pop, there is a tipping point where photos go down the hill. In today’s blog I take a look at the myths and realities behind overcast skies during a Brooklyn Bridge Park family portrait session.
Ah, the holiday card…the annual bane of existence for most families. If you live in New York City, holiday cards are made even more complicated by the fact that we all have cramped apartments that rarely include beautiful fireplaces around which you can take an annual portrait. While you could go to some big ol’ photo studio to get your portraits done with a blank white background and a fake Christmas tree, I’ve got some better suggestions. In today’s blog, I share with you a few NYC holiday card location ideas that will take you from Battery Park all the way up to the Cloisters.
Your little ones are growing up so fast! They will always be your precious darlings, but they’re probably at their most photogenic between the ages of one and three. If you’ve got a wee one and are looking to schedule a photo session, then I have some toddler portrait tips for you.
Park Portrait Strategies
The heat is still with us here in New York City, and families are crowding into the parks to soak up the last rays of summer. If you have scheduled a family portrait in a local park and find yourself surrounded by other like-minded families, how do you take a good photo and make it seem like you have the place all to yourself? In today’s blog, I show you a Hudson River Park family portrait and give you some strategies so you can take the best photos of your family.
Or, How I Photographed 21 People in 6 Hours
I recently had the pleasure of photographing a family reunion portrait. Picture it if you will: a beautiful home nestled in the woods. Inside and outside, 21 family members of various ages are running all over the place being photographed here, there, and everywhere. That was basically my six-hour day, and it was fantastically fun chaos for every minute that I was there. Are you getting your own gang together soon? I can vouch that a reunion portrait is a terrific idea for families of any size, and here are some tips for pulling off your own family reunion photo session.
Happy Labor Day, everyone! I hope you all are enjoying a relaxing weekend with friends and family. In keeping with the feel of the holiday, I thought I might share with you a recent Forest Hills family portrait session here in my own backyard.