Let’s be honest, good fall family pictures are so dreamy. The warm colors reflected during golden hour, with smiling faces and perfectly coordinated outfits. There’s really nothing like it.
I’m sharing with you the best tips for the most stunning fall family pictures you can think of. Here are some important tips and ideas that your photographer will be so grateful that you’ve thought of prior to your shoot!
Remember, just as we say all the time around here, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. With these simple tips, you’ll be able to prepare for the most beautiful fall family photoshoot you can imagine this fall!
One of the most important things to consider is obviously what you’re going to wear in your photos. Every detail matters, and what you wear will contribute greatly to the overall story you’re trying to tell in your photos.
I’d recommend considering each person’s age, interests and role in the family. Their outfit should reflect that in some way. For example, if someone is more wild and free-spirited, maybe they wear a hat. If someone is a dancer, maybe they wear ballet flats, and so on.
You’ll also want to develop some form of a color palette. Each person should try to stay within the color range to some extend. Therefore, you definitely want to mix and match, and not have everyone wearing the same exact thing, but it should all be cohesive and tie together.
Here are some amazing fall color palette’s and outfit ideas for your next fall photoshoot.
I highly recommend searching Pinterest for outfit inspiration. (Click here to view my board) You can scan your closets to see what you already have, but either way, try to come up with a 3 color color-scheme and put some thought and intention into your outfit selections. It can really make or break your photos.
For photos with a baby, you’ll also want to be intentional. You’ll definitely want to make sure the baby is well rested, fed, and goes potty prior to the session. In addition, you’ll want to bring a bag with all of the essentials along, just incase you have any accidents during your session. Be sure to include toys and snacks in the bag as well. Their favorite toy or snack can be a great lure for the photographer to hold above the camera to get baby to focus.
It’s usually best to photography babies in the morning as they will be more alert and well rested and therefore less fussy and irritable. The sun will also be less warm which will be more comfortable for the baby. It can be a good idea to dress the baby in layers. Have some outfit layers planned out just incase the weather turns out to be unpredictable.
If you want photos of just you and your husband as well, consider bringing a family member or friend along to hold the baby for you during these photos.
Here are some unique pose ideas for photos with babies:
Photos with teens can be hit or miss. It usually depends on their mood, which we all know can fluctuate by the minute! Some tips for taking photos with older kids are to give them some autonomy. Maybe let them have a say in what they wear, or what poses they want to take. Or even the location of the shoot.
Giving them some input can empower them and get them atleast a little excited about the shoot.
Another important thing is to not fight with them the day of the shoot. You’ll want everyone to be in a good mood and have good vibes and energy because this will really reflect in the photos. Therefore, try not nag them or start any battles prior to the shoot.
If you want to add a little fun to your shoot, it’s always a great idea to bring a speaker and have a fun playlist. You can even have your kids contribute to this. In other words, playing music during your photoshoot with your family can help everyone loosen up and relax, which will totally help with having more natural and candid photos.
Here are some natural pose ideas for families with older kids:
DOGS ARE THE BEST. Ok, I said it. We all know it’s true. Seriously though, dog photos are probably one of my biggest weaknesses, because they’re just so stinkin cute. Some tips for doh photos are honestly similar to baby photos. Come prepared. Make sure you have a bag with everything you need, treats, bones, toys, drool rags, poop bags, etc. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel.
You’ll definitely want to take photos with your dog at the beginning of your shoot, while they’re calm. Be sure you don’t play with them or get them riled up and wild either, because it’ll be hard to get them to sit still.
Definitely bring their favorite toy or snack for the photographer to use as a lure. Be mindful that some of the best dog photos are the ones where you’re playing and just being natural, so take any serious sitting still photos first, THEN play with the dog for the fun photos.
Most importantly, when taking fall family pictures with your dog, you’ll either want to bring a lead you can tie the dog up to a tree with, or have a friend or family member come along to watch the dog with you take your other photos. Either way, just think of all of the factors and have all your bases covered ahead of time.
In conclusion, while taking your fall family pictures, the biggest takeaways are to be prepared, and to be natural. The way you feel and the vibe and energy you and your family have, will really impact the quality of your photos. You’ll want your photos to show how happy and close of a family you are. If you’re fighting or bitter or irritated, you will be able to tell, trust me.
I hope these tips help you take some stunning fall family pictures during this wonderful autumn season! In addition, please let us know in the comments below which tips stood out to you the most, as well as if you have any other helpful tips or advice!
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