Autumn is undoubtedly one of the busiest seasons for tourism in Korea. The fiery autumn foliage, and more recently, Pink Muhly Grass, attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the country’s fall destinations. What they don’t tell you in the brochure, however, is that the perfect fall colors that can be seen in tourism photos are only taken within a relatively short window of time (about a week or so). It is actually quite tricky to schedule the peak foliage perfectly in advance, and it varies year to year.
In the case of Cindy and Lowelle’s photo shoot in Seoul, the foliage was estimated to begin on October 14 and peak around October 29. However, by the time their shoot rolled around on the 23rd, the leaves were only just starting to turn in the city. Autumn came a bit late this year, but we made the best of it. Luckily, their photo shoot timing was also great for Pink Muhly Grass, which can start as early as September.
Our shoot started at the Jamwon Hangang Park, where they had made a 6,000 square meter grass garden, including the dreamy pink variety. Then we went over to one of my favorite locations, Seoul Forest. It’s a bit more low-key than the more famous spots around the city, but offers a little bit of everything from autumn colors and picturesque trees like Nami Island, silver grass like Haneul Park, and even a sunset and cityscape spot nearby. I’d definitely recommend Seoul Forest if you’re looking for a variety of looks with a lots of convenience. All-in-all, it was a great afternoon out with Cindy and Lowelle. We were able to catch a little bit of everything and came up with a nice variety of looks for our photos.
Makeup by Heesun Shin
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Roy Cruz is a freelance photographer based in South Korea specializing in event, editorial, and portrait photography. Available for assignments nationwide and worldwide.