Fall is my favorite season of the year for many reasons. I love watching the leaves on the trees change colors. I love the cool, crisp air. I love wearing sweaters. Sure, all those things are great, but I especially love the light in the fall. With the sun not rising as high in the sky, the light tends to appear warmer and richer. These beautiful light conditions make for some awesome fall family photos.
Fall 2014 was a busy year for me for shooting family portraits. I shot in a number of locations around the Richmond, VA area including Maymont Park, Dogwood Dell, Belle Isle, and even at a few family’s homes. This busy period was perfectly timed because I was working on my Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM lens review, and a number of those shots were some of my clients’ favorites. Here’s one to get us started exploring ideas for fall family pictures.
What To Wear For Fall Family Photos
A question clients ask me regardless of what type of photoshoot we’re doing is “What should I wear?” It’s a valid question, and one that can be difficult to answer, depending on the situation. I like to show clients examples so they can see for themselves what I’m trying to explain. I came across this fantastic article that gives plenty of visual examples of what to wear for your family photos. It just goes to prove how valuable Pinterest can be for photography projects.
Personally, my advice usually involves tips like, “Don’t wear anything that would be distracting in the photo.” This includes loud prints and too much jewelry. I like to keep it simple. Jeans are classic and everyone already has them. Pick a color theme (greens, browns, oranges, reds, blues, etc.) and try to keep it balanced. If your entire family wears jeans and green and brown tops except for dad, who wears khakis and an orange shirt, dad is going to stick out like a sore thumb.
Fall Family Photo Ideas
Another question I get asked often is, “How should we pose?” That one is a little more difficult to answer because it depends on how many people are in the photo and what is the background like. Each situation and family is unique, so I try to mix in their personal style along with my own in each photoshoot.
I’ve included a few of my favorite photos from fall 2014 below to give you some ideas. I always try to capture a mix of both family pictures as well as individual shots. This makes it easier to assemble albums or holiday cards, which is what many people use their fall photos for.
Browse through the images below, and let me know if you’re interested in booking your own fall family photoshoot. We only have a few weeks of fall left, so let’s get to work!