‘Tis the Season for family photographs! A family photo with fall’s gorgeous colors in the background is on every family’s to-do list. The annual fall family photo is a must for the mantle and for the holiday card!
Here are five tips on how to get the perfect fall family photo.
1) Find a Pro. The right photographer is the magic behind any picture, and the personality of your photographer is as important as their talent. Ask for recommendations from your friends and family and schedule time to talk with the photographer to make sure they will be a good fit. Before you book your session, be sure to ask key questions such as: How long are sessions? (the better the longer for families); What is the turn around time to view proofs?; Will you view proofs in person or via an online gallery?; Will you be able to purchase high resolution digital images in addition to proofs? and Will you be able to share images on social media?
2) Go with the Glow. In Fall, the sun’s glow and changing color of the leaves create the perfect natural setting for photographs. Find a location outdoors where you can capture the beauty of the season. Parks and Nature Centers are great options, also look into college campuses or apple orchards. Your photographer may have a list of favorite locations to share as well.
3) Mix & Match. Gone are the days of everyone wearing a matching outfit, and in are the days of mixing and matching colors and patterns. The key to succeeding at this look is to find a common thread. Choose a family of complimentary colors such as green, blue, orange and white, or start with a patterned shirt or outfit and choose colors from the pattern for each person to wear. Feel free to mix dressy and casual as well, such as a a lace top with denim.
4) 1-2-3, Eyes on Me? The trend is has shifted from overly posed photographs to lifestyle photography. It’s ok if everyone is not looking at the camera at the same time, in fact, capturing an image where a family is laughing can be the most genuine moment captured from this snippet of your life.
5) Keep it Easy Breezy. Above all, keep the spirit light and happy so your children don’t pick up on your stress or crumble under the pressure to perform. Try to book your session at a good hour for perfect sunlight, but also a good hour for your children’s schedules. Prioritize a list of pictures you want to have, such as the entire family together, shots of individual children, sibling pairs, etc. and ask the photographer to keep these in mind as you work through your session.
These photos are from our family’s session with Christi Minter last fall, a wonderful and talented person we are so lucky to call a friend. XO
Author: Candace Thomas