Tips for planning your fall sessions


YAY! Fall is around the corner which means you can see pumpkins and apples, sweaters and scarfs, (rain)boots and colors like red, orange, yellow and green everywhere. As much as I love summer, the beach and the heat, I'm always really excited about the crisp morning air, the first apple cider and the most beautiful trees outside. 

One thing I always had trouble planning were our fall outfits for our yearly photo session. (It's about the only time I can get my hubs in front of the camera :D) So today, I would like to help you plan your fall session. There are a few things I always consider when it comes to a session in the fall.

First: What look do you want to achieve? 

In my option, fall is the season for the most colors in a photo. Spring and summer have more pastels and saturated greens while in the fall the leaves are all changing and you are more likely to wear reds, greens, yellow and orange tones. The good news is, you can choose your fall colors and don't have to go with the typical ones I mentioned above. Fall is also about neutral tones since there is usually a lot going on in the background. I will go into more detail later when we talk about outfits, but keep this in mind when you think about the overall look of your photos. My photography style is light and airy but a lot of dark tones will add more contrast to the images which darkens them as well. 

Second: Time of the day

Especially in the fall season, there is a glow at sunrise and sunset which means the best time of the day is about an hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. It will compliment your perfect fall outfits and your skin tones look amazing. In addition to that, it will also avoid shadows in your faces. One thing I always try to avoid is direct sunlight in your faces, because the last thing we need is your eye tearing up or closing, so this time of the day just leaves us with the perfect amount of soft sunlight. I totally understand if those are the times of day you feel uncomfortable or just can't make it work. In that case we should find a place with lots of trees to give us natural shade (more to that topic in the next section).

Third: Location

For fall sessions, I always love places that provide trees for the color and shade (if needed), but also details like fences, brick stairs, houses/barns or just an open field with a few trees. It allows us to definitely get the colors of the fall, but also have an option to keep some the photos more neutral. 

Fourth: Outfits

Oh man, let's be honest... It is so hard to choose an outfit and not to mention outfits for the entire family. As I mentioned above, fall colors are not just green, red, yellow and orange tones but also neutral like beige, cream, a blush or even a light charcoal. My tip: try to choose your primary colors (2-3) and build around them. That gives you the option of matching the outfits, but still having differences between them. AND YES, please wear different patterns. Plaid, stripes, shapes, flowers and solid work all great together. Dresses and skirts add a flow between the outfits as well and please don't be afraid to wear boots with them. Scarfs are my go to in the fall and look great on photos. They also make nice little blankets to snuggle in with your love. Accessories always leave a statement as well. 

And at last: props

Cozy blankets, pumpkins, apples and anything else you can think of that relates to fall make great props and can be included in the session. You are also welcome to bring your jersey from your football team and include that as well. 

Below you can see a few color schemes and outfits to help visualize everything. Please note: these are not my images. I got these of pinterest!  


I hope this helps you to prepare for your fall session!! :) Please feel free to ask any questions about your session.