Why should you have a fall photoshoot?
I love fall most of all! 🍁
Okay, we get it, summer has its appeal. It’s bright and warm, people are happy … but just how long can you take scorching temperatures and the intense sun?
Let’s be honest — we rejoice when we see the colours of the autumn leaves. They make autumn the most photogenic of seasons, ablaze with colour! The weather is also favourable: not warm, not cold — just the perfect balance for a great photoshoot.
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, planning your high school senior pictures, or just looking for an excuse to update your fall family photos, autumn provides the perfect backdrop with rich scenery and perfect climate conditions. 👌
But this picturesque setup doesn’t last for long; eventually, all leaves fall off the trees as nature prepares for winter hibernation. Since it’s a short window of opportunity, why not start thinking of fall photoshoot ideas now?
Naturally, we’re here to help with photography tips. 📸
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1. Best time of day for a fall photo session
In autumn, nights are getting longer and days are getting shorter, so you should take full advantage of the fantastic autumn days for your photoshoot. Here’s how:
Capture that morning mist
They say autumn is the master of fog. But it’s not the fog you’re looking for here! It’s that early morning mist that you really want for your photo session. Not as thick as fog, mist still allows for good visibility and compensates for the warm colours of nature with a cool touch. Mornings are already magical, and if you capture that mist in the air, you’re sure to give your photos a sense of mystery worthy of a fairytale. 💫
Photo: Natalie in Prague (now based in Honolulu) for Flytographer. Kendal and their partner capture memories in Prague with a couple photoshoot in fall.
To make the most out of fall’s book of colours, you do need some light. In autumn, soft light helps to saturate the colours of nature, evoking all of the season’s warmth. If you’re awarded a bright blue sky, you’re in for a fabulous contrast of colours. Sunlight can also serve as a backlight for the fall leaves and highlight their beautiful details and textures.
We’re not saying that cloudy or rainy days don’t work. They do! And they build that cozy and moody vibe that makes for a great photoshoot. 🌧
Photo: Flytographer in Boston. Amy and their family capture memories in Boston with a fall photoshoot.
Shine in the golden hour
We’ve talked about the golden hour before, but that’s because it’s simply the perfect backlight for portrait photography. In autumn, you don’t need to wake up super early to catch the sunrise or wait too long for it to come down. The much sought-after golden effect is easier to get this season. This light flatters your skin and intensifies the natural festival of colours. What could be more suitable for the thrilling autumnal background? But be aware — the sun moves fast at this time, and light conditions change quickly.
Autumn happens at different times depending on where in the world you are, which makes a difference whether you’re planning your photoshoot in Valparaiso or Tokyo, for example. But any portrait photographer will say that one thing remains the same: the best time to schedule your photoshoot is right when colours start to change but most leaves haven’t yet fallen.
2. Where to have your fall photoshoot?
It may seem obvious that a great place for an autumn photoshoot is anywhere you can feature the season’s brilliant hues in the background. But there’s much more to it than that. Different settings tell different stories and evoke different emotions, and it’s not all about outdoor portraits, after all.
Feel nature’s splendour
Behold the changing leaves and enjoy the crisp breeze! Outdoor photography is your obvious choice for autumn picture ideas. You should take advantage of the mosaic of colours that nature provides and head out to city parks or get lost in the woods.
Not everything has to be about leaves, though. The serene hues of rocks and tree trunks can also compose the shot and help to rest the eye. You can find a lake or a calm river stream and incorporate water reflections to create a kaleidoscopic effect. Water helps convey the season’s calmness. An empty wooden pier by the lake sounds like an idyllic spot to us.
A tree-lined pathway is an all-time classic for background scenery, especially during fall. It exudes a melancholic but beautiful sense of change. Sometimes you don’t even need to go far … can you think of a pretty tree-lined street near you?
Rainy days can make it a little challenging to go outside. The good news is that inner spaces are also great locations for your autumn shoot.
A cozy coffee shop ambiance might be just what you are looking for on a rainy autumn afternoon. The smell of burnt coffee and soothing jazz music playing in the background might just as well help you relax in front of the camera. 🎷☕️
Sitting outside is also a good idea to mix indoor and outdoor environments … especially if we’re talking about a charming Parisian café!
But for the utmost coziness, why not having your photoshoot in the most comfortable of places?
That’s right. We’re talking about your home.
If it’s just you and your loved one, get cozy together on a couch, maybe sipping a glass of wine under a flannel blanket. With the rest of the family, sitting on the carpet near the fireplace with the kids is a good idea, perhaps even solving a jigsaw puzzle together. 🧩
You can also make a mess in the kitchen while baking a pie or trying out different recipes. The good part is that you’ll end up with a proper autumn feast afterward. You can also go outside in the backyard. This photo op is also the cutest pretext for the kids to get ahead on their chores — rake, pile, jump!
The countryside also has much to offer, especially for family photos. Why not go to a farm to explore its unique landscape? You can get lost in a corn maze or on a pumpkin patch for a fun experience with the kids. Apple picking as a family is also an idea, and the fruit fits the autumnal colour palette perfectly. All this helps for very spontaneous pics. You can climb on haystacks, on fences, and even on tractors (as long as they’re not moving!).
Let loose & have fun!
Photo: Peter in Jackson Hole for Flytographer. Heather and their partner capture memories in Jackson Hole with a fall photoshoot.
Capture fall memories with a local photographer
3. The best props for fall photography
Autumn is unbeatable when it comes to using props to enhance your portrait photography. This season allows for some genuinely unique props. Here are just a few:
It’s a total cliché, we know. But it’s a good one and classic fall fun for all ages. Whether you throw them in the air, lay on top of them, or hold one of them for the camera, leaves are the ultimate prop for autumn photography.
Did you know that leaf play is a very therapeutic activity for children? We bet the same goes for adults. 🍂
Photo: Daniel in Tokyo for Flytographer. Hazel and their partner capture memories in Tokyo with a fall photoshoot at Shinjuku Gyoen Park.
An umbrella is always a fantastic photography prop, and it works perfectly well with rainy autumn days. It can add colour to your picture, break up patterns, and compose the frame. It also gives you something to do with your hands. For couples, snuggling under an umbrella can be a rather romantic shot.
For a bit of fun, try filling the umbrella with leaves and then quickly hold it up to capture the exact moment when all the leaves fall on your head.
Photo: Whitney in Portland for Flytographer. Stephanie and their partner celebrate their anniversary in Portland with a couple photoshoot.
Particularly in North America, pumpkins are extremely popular during autumn, and not just on a pumpkin patch. You can find them for sale almost anywhere. Luckily, they also make for great shooting props. You can carry them around, sit on them if they’re large enough, or just have them composing the scene with their different shapes, colours, and patterns.
If you’re into reading, a book is an excellent prop. It’s an excuse for you not to look directly at the camera, and it tells a little about your personality. Books are equally suitable for indoor and outdoor photography, and they symbolize the search for knowledge across different cultures. 📚
4. What to wear for a fall photoshoot?
What you wear in a photoshoot is fundamental, and autumn is the season for sophistication. When the weather changes, we take our warmer clothes out of the closet and can finally work on layering different patterns and matching different textures.
Autumn’s palette is definitely très chic with its olive greens, golden browns, yellows, reds, and oranges, so it’s an idea to match your outfit with the season’s colours. But you don’t have to avoid soft tones and pale hues altogether. If you’re more into creamy basics, they’re all-time classics and a great way to lighten up the look a little bit.
Style it up
Fall is the time of year for playful combinations and layers. So also think of jackets, blazers, trench coats, and cardigans. Play with different colours, patterns, and textures. But don’t overdo it. Most of the time, less is more.
Autumn is also perfect for accessories. Boots, scarfs, gloves, berets, beanies, and all kinds of hats. We love a hat for an autumn photoshoot. But here’s a suggestion, don’t stick to it for the entire photo session. Let the light shine on your face too. 🧥👢
Photo: Rachael in Paris for Flytographer. Krista and family celebrate their trip to Paris with a family photoshoot.
Fashionwise, two words define autumn: sweater weather. Can you think of a more fundamental wardrobe piece? Sweaters come in all shapes, sizes, and patterns. They can be formal or fun (and sometimes both, simultaneously) and are almost invariably comfortable. Who doesn’t love a great sweater?
Forget all the fashion rules we mentioned above because in October we have Halloween! There’s no better time to get creative with your pictures. Matching costumes are a great idea for friends, couples, and families alike. They help to get everyone in the same mood. See who can look the most spell-biding, abominable, or, at the very least, enchanted as possible!
Can you hear the pipe organs soaring? Happy haunting! 🧟♀️
Photo: Hector in London for Flytographer. Jennifer and family capture memories in London with a Hogwarts experience photoshoot.
Capturing fall memories
Needles to say, we can barely wait for autumn. What about you? No matter where you are in the world, our local photographers can help you plan ahead and take your autumn photoshoot to the next level. So book a Flytographer with us today, relax, and just wait for the fresh breeze of fall.