Fall is a popular time of year for any photographer to do their photo sessions. The beautiful leaves give you many warm gold tones that you can incorporate into your pictures. Use these tips to get the most out of your next fall photo session.
Choosing the right location is crucial if you are shooting this season. To take advantage of nature and its beautiful colors at this time of the year, you need to choose places where you have plenty of photo opportunities.
During the fall season, the grass usually dies and is no longer green. So you have to rely on both the trees in the background and those that have already fallen.
An empty field that worked great in summer or spring only works well in fall if there are many colors in the background. So look for areas with huge trees.
Forest trails are also great for fall sessions. When you are surrounded by leaves both in the trees around you and in the pathway you walk, you get a stunning, colorful scene to take beautiful photos.
Colorful mountains also make a great backdrop. Even if you can’t be in the mountains, you can get nice photos if you are close enough for the colors to be visible.
When to shoot
Timing is also key for fall meetings. At this time of the year the sun sets earlier than in spring and summer. Stay in the know and know when the sun is going to set each day. You don’t want to show up for your meeting and be out of light in twenty minutes.
The “golden hourThe best time to shoot is during the fall season. This is the hour just after sunrise or just before sunset. The hour before sunset can help you “morning dew”When you’re out and about in grassy areas. This is also the time of day the lights are warmer and even due to their location in the sky. The warmth of the light is a nice addition to the warm colors in the leaves.
Keep in mind that sky conditions can play a huge role in timing. If you have a cloudy sky, you won’t get as much light if you take photos during the golden hour. If you are shooting in a wooded area, the shading will give you less light to work with. So start your sessions earlier to make sure there is enough light in these scenarios.
Your customers cloakroom
When discussing the pre-shoot session with your client, suggest that they wear clothes with neutral colors and small patterns so as not to compete with the colorful background.
At this time of year it gets cooler (at least if you live in the northern hemisphere), so you have to dress warmly so that you are comfortable while shooting. Let her bring a blanket that can be used in some pictures to really bring out the fall atmosphere.
Fall is a wonderful time of year to bring some colorful photos to your customers. The timeframe from which the leaves officially turned and in which they all fell is not very long in most areas. Pay attention to your surroundings and how they change each day and plan accordingly so as not to miss this magical window of time.
Use the trees as a background or have your customers sit and step up and incorporate the leaves on the ground into your foreground and / or background. Let them toss or lie in the leaves.
There are so many ways you can use the beautiful fall colors to your advantage, as long as you are prepared and find the timing right.