7 TIPS FOR PREPARING FOR YOUR AUTUMN SESSION

Mother and daughter in fall photo session

Autumn is one of the most popular months of the year for portrait sessions. After all, nature is doing its thing with all those vibrant colors, plus you get a chance to really play up your wardrobe with accessories in the crisp weather. To get the most out of your time, here are 7 tips for preparing for your autumn session.

Make Your Autumn Session Worth Your While

1. Make use of accessories and clothing that play up the “autumn” feeling.

Dad and daughters in front of yellow trees during autumn

For example, opt for leather boots, cable knit scarves and comfy cardigans. This look is amazing on the whole family and can really bring a picture to life. Tip: neutrals do really well in the fall against all that foliage.

2. Timing is everything.

Couple in autumn leaves smiling

Start paying attention to that shift in weather as summer melts into fall. Once the leaves start changing, call up your photog and book a session. I know that I like to plan fall sessions to be sure we choose a location that is in line with your vision for your photos.

3. Location is important.

Mom and daughter during photo session in Wilmington, NC

If it’s autumn, you better believe we’re playing outside in the gorgeous weather. I have a lot of locations to choose from that have particularly pretty backdrops for fall sessions, like the New Hanover Arboretum. I’m also open to your suggestions!

4. Plan for a late-afternoon to early-evening autumn sessions.

Brothers in matching outfits running through the woods in fall

This is when the light is just gorgeous. The days are shorter in the fall, so we need to plan accordingly to get that golden hour light.

5. Play in the environment.

Kids playing on leaves during photography session

Chances are there are leaves on the ground or a few buds lingering around. I may have you throw leaves up into the air or something similar. Remember, this shoot is all about capturing your family bond and having fun, so let loose and get into the season!

6. Pack the necessities for your fall session.

Mother and sons smiling during autumn photography session

It can get chilly during autumn sessions, so you may want to have some necessities on hand. I recommend a lip balm, moisturizer, warm packs for your hands, tissues, and, of course, warm apparel.

7. Wear comfortable shoes and accessories.

Expecting parents smiling during evening photo shoot

Since we’re going to be outside, we’ll probably do lots of walking. If those boots look amazing, but kill your feet, scratch them. If the scarf looks adorable on Timmy, but it scratches his face and makes him unhappy, it’s better left at home.

Fall Sessions Are Here Now

Keep these 7 tips for preparing for your autumn session in mind this year to get the most out of this beautiful season. It’ll be winter before we know it!

I have a few openings left for an autumn sessions! Contact me or check my calendar to see my availability! Happy Fall Y’all!

I'm Erika and I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based near Wilmington, NC. I'm also a mom to two cutie boys, lover of backyard gardening, candles, chocolate and Amazon Prime.

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