White Park

Portrait of Female Posing in Red Dress on bench in White Park Concord NH
The Tools

Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Nikon 80-200 f/2.8
I have more lenses in the bag along with two speedlights, but they never come out.

The Park

White Park in Concord is a park I grew up with. I’ve played baseball on the field, jogged and biked through on the paths, even skated on the pond in the middle of winter, however, I haven’t been there in years. I had no idea that the paths were now paved, the road through the park had been removed, or that a paved parking lot had been built. The ball field was revamped as well with brick dugouts and a new backstop. Having arrived to the shoot early, I almost felt lost. I decided to scout around by walking from one end of the park to the other and hoped to find some interesting backdrops. Numerous granite benches lined the path up the hill, and the stone wall of the carriage house seemed attractive. Everyone shoots the bridge over the pond when they have a session in the park and I figured I’d join their ranks by finding some different way to photograph it. I would wind up standing on top of it and trying not to fall in.

The Session

Early evening is overcast and dim. I have roughly an hour and a half to shoot three outfits and attempt to give them each their own feel, which hardly allows enough time to change. We start with the blue and pink dress to get photos for her mother and soon move on to the vibrant red dress. It stands out against the green grass and really pops. As the light began to fade, we finished the shoot with the black dress and tried to stay out in the open to capitalize on as much light as we could get. The sunset was only photogenic in the pond, so I climbed atop the bridge and tried to capture the moment as best I could. Once the light was gone, the session was over.

The Outcome
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