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Jay’s Autumn Portraits in the Mountains and by the Great Salt Lake

by dav.d

Sometimes nature surprises you. We planned the photo shoot for Jay and picked a date that seemed perfect for some autumn photography with beautiful autumn leaves up Big Cottonwood Canyon just east of the Salt Lake Valley. Well, the day before it had snowed some and so we had a mix of autumn color and snow. We made it work though. We were fortunate the leaves stayed on the aspen trees.

Headshots in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Headshots in Big Cottonwood Canyon

We started off with some natural light portraits with some reflector and then we added in the portable lighting to help Jay stand out a bit more in the photos.

It snowed the day before our autumn photo shoot

It snowed the day before our autumn photo shoot

The nature in Utah is beautiful and is is wonderful for photography. We’re pretty lucky to have the mountains as a backdrop. Sure I can photograph in studio but if the weather is good, let’s go outside!

Aspen trees in autumn and snow on the ground

Aspen trees in autumn and snow on the ground

Jay's portrait with autumn leaves in the background

Jay’s portrait with autumn leaves in the background

Autumn can be beautiful in the mountains of Utah

Autumn can be beautiful in the mountains of Utah

Jay's headshots in big cottonwood canyon

Jay’s headshots in big cottonwood canyon

Autumn can be beautiful in the mountains of Utah

Autumn can be beautiful in the mountains of Utah

Autumn leaves and snow

Autumn leaves and snow

Jay's portraits in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Jay’s portraits in Big Cottonwood Canyon

After photographing in Big Cottonwood Canyon we drove down to the Great Salt Lake and the Saltair area. They have an abandoned trolley that is pretty popular and the beach for the Great Salt Lake is a little bit like a poor man’s salt flats. It is flat and sort of muddy at times but it can be fun and unique without driving 90 minutes for actual salt flats.

Jay in the tall grass by the great Salt Lake

Jay in the tall grass by the great Salt Lake

Standing on the frontage road for portraits. We're watching for cars.

Standing on the frontage road for portraits. We’re watching for cars.

Jay in the old abandoned trolley that has since been destroyed

Jay in the old abandoned trolley that has since been destroyed

Jay by the Great Salt Lake for a sunset photo shoot

Jay by the Great Salt Lake for a sunset photo shoot

Jay and the moon in the background

Jay and the moon in the background

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