Fall — the season that comes with an opportunity to try new and exciting activities, from making pumpkin pie, drinking apple cider to jumping in a pile of leaves and having a fall photoshoot as a family. Whichever activities you choose to participate in, you no doubt want to create living memories, and what better way to do that than to have a nice picture hanging on your living or bedroom wall?  

There is a reason why fall is the perfect season to take family photos. And as we welcome the season, you should not miss out on the opportunity to take your family out for a memorable photo session. 

That said, here are reasons why fall is the ideal season for taking the best photos: 

1. Fall colors make for beautiful photos

The vibrant colors of the leaves during the autumn has to be the most impressive thing about this season: You are sure to witness yellows, reds, and oranges all over the place, and if you are a color enthusiast, this is the best time to go out and enjoy the beauty of mother nature. Even more exciting, the colors provide an exceptional backdrop for a photo session with your family. 

As we transition from summer to winter, don’t miss out on this golden opportunity to take the best photos that your kids can enjoy and cherish for years to come. 

2. The earlier sunsets are ideal for younger children

The best time for family (and maternity) photo sessions is 1-1.5 hours before sunset. During autumn, the sun sets earlier, meaning you can begin your family photo session earlier than you would during other seasons, say winter. Therefore, you can take advantage of the sunset to make your photos even more amazing. 

The early sunsets also mean you can be home for dinner before the kids get hungry. This makes it quite a favorable season for the whole family. 

3. Easier to coordinate clothing

The blend of colors that characterize the autumn season makes it easy to choose the right clothes for the perfect photoshoot. Whether you choose to have a scarf around your neck, a cozy sweater, and a pair of boots, you are still sure the photo will look beautiful. In any case, the layering of clothes adds a bit of personality and authenticity to the photo. 

Needless to say, the clothes you wear are an integral part of a photo session, regardless of the season. With autumn, whatever appeals to you is just right for your photoshoot. 

4. Playing in the leaves is fun for all

Whether young or young at heart, autumn is the time to be a little goofy and throw around leaves with your kids as you caption the best images. Children especially are sure to have a good time as they laugh and jump into a pile of leaves, or even better, have a leaf-throwing fight. Without a doubt, these are some of the epic sights you will see for years to come. 

Indeed, some activities can only be enjoyed in autumn. In other words, some photographs can only be taken in autumn, so take advantage before the season is over and take your family out for a memorable photoshoot. 

5. Temperatures are favorable

Autumn temperatures make it fun for people of all ages to spend time outdoors taking photos. For the sake of comparison, if you look at a photo you took during summer, you will notice you look all sweaty and tired, thanks to the hot temperatures that take away the appeal and glamor from you. This does not happen during autumn due to the cool temperatures and favorable weather. 

If you are taking an elderly member of the family with you, you won’t have to worry about heat exhaustion and other emergencies. Undoubtedly, cool temperatures equal cool photos. 

6. More accessories to work with

In most family photography sessions, people are required to confine their wear to a particular color scheme to ensure coordination with one another. However, autumn wear allows you to choose from a variety of clothes and jewelry, which in turn allows you to rock your own style and personality.

So, if you just bought a new denim jacket that you wish to wear in your next photo session, don’t be afraid to do it because it will complement the pictures anyway. 

7. Perfect timing for planning holiday gift cards

As the holiday season nears, you want to have various pictures to choose from for Christmas cards, and there is no better time to take them. Whether it’s a canvas, print, or an album, having recent photos to gift your grandparents can be an excellent way to show your appreciation for them. You will also have something to share and reminisce about as you sit around the fireplace with friends and family.

8. Cool autumn locations

Outdoor family photos are usually preferred over indoor photos because they allow you to take advantage of the beautiful scenery, a reason why autumn photo sessions are the best. Besides, natural lighting helps make you look more natural in the photos than when artificial lighting is used. This is to say you and your family will look lovely no matter where you take the photos. 

While here, there are a few places you may consider to have your photo session; the park, forest, by the lake, an orchard, on a bridge, outside your home, under a tree with autumn leaves, a pumpkin patch, a vineyard, by a cornfield, just to mention a few. 

Things to consider for a family photo session

For a successful family photoshoot, take into consideration the following things: 

  • Note that the weather during autumn can be unpredictable. First, check the weather to see whether you need to consider changing the location. 
  • There is no guarantee for the type of color fall. For instance, a windstorm can mean more leaves to play with. 
  • Fall is a time for various activities, so make sure you set a date that works for everybody involved in the photo session. 

The takeaway

Now that you know why autumn is the best season for family photos, all that remains is for you to seek the right professional photographer. They will help you understand the nitty-gritty of a photo session to ensure you and your family have the time of your lives.

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