Fall is such an amazing time for so many things, not the least of which is a family photo session! The clothes are amazing this time of year and are maybe a little more forgiving for some of our body types (mine!) than summer clothes. Your hair and makeup actually stay in place now that the humidity is gone and it’s the perfect time for capturing a great image for your Christmas cards. I’m sharing my advice on a few ways to get the most out of your fall session.
Fall is so popular, book in advance! Make sure to think ahead about travel plans, ball games, your child’s sports and social schedule, etc. Also consider nap times when choosing time of day, if you have little ones.
Don’t leave your outfits until the last minutes either. The last thing you want is to feel stressed the day of your session. Lay everything out in a spare room - tops, pants, dresses, socks, shoes, accessories. This is a great time to check the balance of your outfits too.
OUTFITS ARE ALL ABOUT BALANCE
When choosing outfits for a whole family group, my advice is to always choose the hardest to please first. In my family, that’s me! Moms are often the most self conscious person in the group, so plan your outfit first, then build the family around it. Maybe your partner is pickier, so start and go from there.
I’ve never been a fan of overly matching outfits. I prefer a mix of patterns, textures and colors. Try to keep colors with the same feel - all jewel tones, all cool tones or warm tones. For example, don’t mix a cool toned purple with a warm brown tone. You can always look at the color wheel to find complimentary tones too. Mix sweaters with denim, solids, florals and plaids, corduroy, etc.
OTHER WAYS TO PREPARE
When you’re getting ready, make sure your clothes are pressed if needed. If any bare legs are showing, make sure to moisturize! Even for men and kids, a little lip balm is helpful for all that smiling, especially during fall when the air is more dry. Double check mouths and noses right before the session. For blemishes, you are better off not caking on the makeup. Lightly cover it and let me know to be on the lookout when editing.
When you’re stressed it shows. Family photo sessions have a reputation for being stressful. One way to overcome that stress is to let go of your expectations. If you have “that one photo” in your mind, well you probably aren’t going to get it. Let go. Have fun with your kids. Keep it light on the way to the session. Kids are smart and intuitive and your stress will transfer to them.
My favorite family shots, every time, hands down, are the candid, loose shots where everyone is playing and having fun. I’m there to help you get into that mode but it’s up to you to run with it. Don’t wait for me to give you every direction. Think about the silly things you do to make your kid laugh and do them! On the flip side, don’t be afraid to share a serious or sweet intimate moment with your kids or partner, hugging, rubbing noses…you get the idea.
Now go book a session and get ready for a great time!