October 24, 2023

Autumn's Picture-Perfect Moments: Tips for a Fall-tastic Family Photo Session. 

(Don't Forget Custom Baseball Hats!)



Hey, Mama! Fall is upon us, and it's the perfect time to embrace the vibrant colors and crisp air. We know that capturing the essence of the season through a family photo session is a must. The leaves are changing, and your kids are growing fast, making it the ideal moment to create picture-perfect memories for your annual holiday card, a beautiful addition to your fireplace mantle, or even for a special family gathering. In this guide, we'll explore whether to hire a professional photographer or go the DIY route, along with 10 creative ideas to make your fall family photos fun and unforgettable. Plus, we'll share some tips and tricks to ensure the little ones stay happy and engaged throughout the session.Bonus Idea: Dress the fam in adorable matching,custom baseball hats fromRey to Z! 


To Hire a Professional or Do It Yourself: The Photography Dilemma


Before we dive into the creative aspects of your fall family photo session, it's essential to address the question of whether to hire a professional photographer or take the DIY approach. Both options have their merits, and your choice will depend on your preferences, budget, and the style you're aiming for.


Professional Photographer:


Hiring a professional photographer can be an excellent choice if you want high-quality, expertly composed photos. They bring their experience and equipment to capture the best shots of your family. Some things to consider when hiring a professional are:


  • Start your search for a professional photographer well in advance. Fall is a busy season for photographers, so booking early ensures you get the date and time you prefer.


  • Review the photographer's portfolio to see if their style aligns with your vision for the session. Make sure they have experience with outdoor, fall-themed shoots.


  • Seek recommendations from friends, family, or social media groups. Personal referrals can lead you to talented, trustworthy photographers.


  • Schedule a meeting or consultation with the photographer to discuss your ideas, expectations, and to get a sense of their personality and approach.


  • Understand the photographer's pricing structure, including any additional costs for extra services or prints. Be clear on what is included in the package.


  • Always sign a contract that outlines the terms of the agreement. This should include the date, time, location, number of photos, delivery timeline, and any cancellation or rescheduling policies.


Trust your photographer to capture beautiful moments. Relax, have fun, and let the natural, candid moments shine through.

DIY Photography:


For those who prefer a more personal touch and enjoy the process of capturing moments themselves, the DIY approach can be highly rewarding. You can use your smartphone or digital camera to take the photos. 

Helpful Hints For Taking Your Own Fall Photos 


  1. Choose the Right Location:

 Pick a location with good natural lighting. Outdoor settings during the "golden hours" (early morning or late afternoon) can provide beautiful, soft light.


  1. Clean Your Smartphone Lens:

Ensure your smartphone lens is clean and free from smudges or fingerprints. A clean lens will result in sharper and clearer photos.


  1. Steady the Camera:

   Use a tripod or stable surface to avoid camera shake. Shaky hands can lead to blurry photos.


  1. Set the Timer:

 Use the timer function on your smartphone to give yourself time to get into the frame. This also helps reduce camera shake.


  1. Frame Your Shot:

Compose your photo by considering the background and the positioning of family members. Make sure everyone is visible and arranged in an appealing way.


  1. Focus and Exposure: Tap on the main subject (often a family member's face) on your smartphone screen to set the focus and exposure for that area. This will ensure your subject is well-lit and in focus.


  1. Use Gridlines:

Most smartphones allow you to turn on gridlines in the camera settings. These can help you align your shot and keep horizons straight.


  1. Portrait Mode (if available):

If your smartphone has a portrait mode, use it to create a blurred background (bokeh) and make your subjects stand out.


  1. Keep It Candid:

Sometimes the best family photos are candid shots where everyone is relaxed and interacting naturally. Encourage your family to be themselves.


10.Get Down to Their Level:

When photographing children, get down to their eye level to capture more engaging and intimate shots.


  1. Play with Angles:

Experiment with different angles and perspectives. You can try shooting from above, below, or from the side for unique and interesting photos.


  1. Edit Afterwards:

After taking the photo, use editing apps or tools to enhance the image. Adjust brightness, contrast, and color to make the photo pop.


  1. Take Multiple Shots:

Don't hesitate to take several shots in a row. This increases your chances of capturing the perfect moment.


  1. Include Props or Activities:

To make the photo more interesting, incorporate props or suggest fun activities for your family to engage in during the shoot.


  1. Be Patient:

Patience is key when working with family, especially if you have young children. Keep a calm and positive atmosphere during the shoot.


  1. Express Genuine Emotions:

Encourage your family to express genuine emotions during the photo session. Laughter, hugs, and smiles make for heartwarming photos.


  1. Backup Your Photos:

 Make sure to back up your photos to avoid losing precious memories. You can use cloud storage or transfer them to a computer.


Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and capture authentic moments. Family photos are about preserving memories and emotions, so don't worry too much about achieving perfection.

10 Ways to Make Your Fall Family Photos Memorable:


  1. Cozy Knits and Layers: Embrace the chilly weather with coordinated outfits featuring cozy knits, layers, and scarves in warm, autumnal colors. Don't forget to have your toddler boy and girl wear those adorabletoddler baseball hats for a touch of cuteness.


  1. Choose the Perfect Location:Pick a picturesque spot with fall foliage as your backdrop. Local parks, orchards, and even your own backyard can provide stunning settings.


  1. Golden Hour Magic:Plan your photo session during the golden hour, right after sunrise or before sunset, for soft, warm lighting that enhances the beauty of the season.


  1. Engage with Nature: Incorporate the fall surroundings into your photos. Collect fallen leaves, create leaf piles to jump in, or use pumpkins and apples as props.


  1. Candid Moments:Capture genuine interactions and emotions. Encourage playful moments, laughter, and shared experiences among family members.


  1. Individual Portraits: Besides family shots, take individual portraits of each family member, focusing on their unique personalities.


  1. Creative Angles:Experiment with different angles and perspectives. Try shots from above, below, or even through the changing leaves for a fresh look.


  1. Autumn Props: Enhance the fall spirit by including seasonal props such as blankets, lanterns, or even a basket filled with apples.


  1. Action Shots: Create a dynamic atmosphere by incorporating action shots like tossing leaves in the air or twirling in the falling leaves.


  1. Editing and Filters: After the shoot, use photo editing software to enhance the fall colors, remove imperfections, and add filters to create a cohesive look.


Avoid Kid Crashes With These Little Tricks 


  • Bring along your kids' favorite snacks and beverages to keep their energy levels up.


Encourage your toddler to bring their beloved toys or, if you have a toddler boy or girl, let them wear their toddler baseball hats for a cute and playful touch.


Integrate fun games like scavenger hunts or "Simon says" to keep the kids entertained during breaks.


  • Keep the mood light and relaxed. Let the kids be themselves and enjoy the process.


  • Consider a small reward for good behavior, like a treat or a special playtime after the session.


  • Play their favorite tunes and have an impromptu dance party to infuse some energy into the shoot.


  • If you have more than one location in mind, moving around can help keep kids engaged and excited.


Your fall family photo session is an opportunity to capture beautiful memories and embrace the magic of the season. Whether you choose to hire a professional or go the DIY route, these creative ideas and tips for keeping your kids happy and engaged will help you create stunning, heartfelt photos that you'll cherish for years to come. So, grab your toddler's baseball hats and camera and go capture those beautiful fall moments with your family.

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Jennifer Bennett
Jennifer Bennett