Autumn is an ideal time for portrait photography. Autumn provides the perfect background for pictures of Children, engaged couples, happily married newlyweds and loving families bundled up in their sweaters and scarves amid piles of colorful leaves.
I personally photographer a lot of family lifestyle shoots this time of year and they are great fun! These are my 5 tips for a great shoot!!!
- LOCATION – Choosing a location is very important, I love family photoshoots in a woods! A fallen tree is a great find as you can use this for families, couples, children, to sit or play on. I love exploring so never stay in one place on a shoot, as you never know what you may find! Be adventurous but have a few safe spots up your sleeve. I do most of my Autumn shoots in Chipperfield woods, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire. It is a stunning location with lots of hidden pathways, fallen trees and great places to throw lots of leaves!!! Other favourite locations of mine are Whippendell Woods which is an ancient woodland on the edges of Watford, England, covering an area of 165.3 acres! Whippendell woods is also great in Bluebell Season. Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted is another stunning area with ancient trees, rolling chalk downlands and lush meadows in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Chorleywood has approx. 200 acres of grassland, and woodland and was declared a County Heritage Site. Living on the border of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire there are so many gorgeous locations to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice!!
- UTILIZE THE WARMER LIGHT – Although days grow shorter in the autumn, the light that shines during the day is warm, golden and full of life. To utilize the warmer light, shoot your portraits in the morning or early evening, but remember that the golden, crimson and amber tones of the leaves breathe life into even the shady areas of your location.
- WHAT TO WEAR – Enhance the light and colors of the season by suggesting your clients wear colors found naturally outdoors this time of year as the fall palette works for a variety of backdrops. During autumn, dressing in earth tone reflects the mood of the season and can add depth to portrait photography.
- PLAY IN THE LEAVES – Kids love it and even grown adults like to play in the leaves sometimes, and it’s a good idea to encourage this during an Autumn portrait shoot. Traditional poses for portraits can become boring for both photographer and clients, but shots of people throwing leaves at each other, lying in the leaves and tossing the leaves above them break out of the mold and let everyone have fun with the shoot.
- HAVE FUN – Make the shoot fun! If its a family shoot with children, turn it into a game. When everyone is relaxed and having fun this reflects in the pictures. Encourage cheekiness, cuddling, tickling it all helps relax everyone!
If you would like to book a lifestyle shoot get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.