While my last two posts have been Bridgehampton family beach photography and East Hampton family beach photography, respectively, it’s certainly not too early to turn our attention to photo shoots in Central Park in autumn and beyond.
People often ask about the best time for a Central Park photo shoot, so I figured I’d create a blog post showing how the Park looks each month, to provide a visual guide.
Of course the former-lawyer in me wants to disclaim that past performance may not be indicative of future results. However, I do feel this give a good approximation of what Central Park looks like each month.
I love the Park all year round, and don’t think there is a prettiest month for a Central Park photo shoot. There is so much variety with each season, it’s fun to watch the Park transform each month. I thought a Central Park Foliage Guide could be useful.
I’ll try to limit this to only a couple of Central Park locations, so that we have few variables at play other than the time of year.
Scroll below to see Central Park month by month.
It feels a bit silly to kick off my so-called Central Park Foliage Guide with an entirely leaf-free image, but what can you do.
I love the pale winter light here. This was actually a very warm day – no jackets required!
If you’re curious, you can check out my cold weather photography tips. I send that to my cold weather clients to assure them we can get beautiful images year-round and have a safe, enjoyable time.
Still not much foliage to speak of, but beautiful winter light. It was very cold that (Valentine’s!) Day, and we got some lovely anniversary images for this sweet couple.
We started to see the first glimmers of spring in this combination studio and Central Park maternity shoot. Still not much greenery, but the park is warming up a little bit.
Well, well, well! What a difference a few weeks makes. I love the cool winter light in the January – March photos. I find it quite shocking how quickly the park transforms in April.
Spring blossom photo shoots in Central Park are very popular, for good reason. The brief window for blossoms is a bit of a moving target but late April is a pretty good bet.
Regardless of blossoms, the warm spring greens are so appealing. Warm weather is arriving at last.
Central Park in May is so pretty. The greens are getting deeper and more lush, and the Park is really coming alive.
Still green but with a hint of fall.
Mid-October and the trees are still mostly green, with some red leaves on the ground. (As demonstrated below.)
By late October, the leaves are getting a bit yellow.
December had a mix of snow, and a return to the light wintery light at the beginning of the blog post.
Central Park Month by Month
Whew! Well, there’s a year of Central Park. It’s fun to see how much it changes each month. As I mentioned, I don’t believe there is any one best month for a central park photo shoot, but I leave that entirely up to you.
Of course I also don’t want to imply that Central Park is the only place to do a shoot in NYC. There are tons of great photo shoot locations in NYC. But Central Park is probably the one that changes the most throughout the year.
If you’re curious, you can read more about my Central Park photography here.
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About Daisy Beatty
Daisy Beatty is a family, maternity and newborn photographer based in Manhattan and East Hampton NY.
She works on location in the NYC area, and the Hamptons, and in her Greenwich Village Manhattan photo studio.
Her award-winning work is featured extensively in both online and print publications.