Tips for Beautiful Autumn or Winter Family Photos

I recently put out a call for some guest bloggers.  A big thank you to Michelle from Little Brown Rabbit Photography in Perth for agreeing to share the following post.   Michelle uses our white leather usbs which can be purchased here.

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Often our photography clients ask about how to prepare for their session ~ here are some great tips... feel free to share, but please refer back to Michelle <3

Tips for Beautiful Autumn or Winter Family Photos

There is a special kind of magic that comes with outdoor, autumn or winter photo sessions. The crisp, brown and orange leaves lightly falling and hanging from the branches create a lovely backdrop for any photo session. Here are some tips to make your winter or autumn photo sessions go smoothly, whether you’re having a family photo shoot with me or just taking some family photos yourself.

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1. Dress warmly.
You will be surprised at how often this is overlooked. Since you’ll be standing outside for a long period of time, short sleeves, thin fabrics, and open toe shoes will not be comfortable for very long. Shivering makes it hard to look happy and pose properly, especially with young children involved. Also, layered clothing looks fantastic in photos anyway, and you can get several looks from the one outfit by simply removing a layer.

2. Wear sunscreen.
Protecting your skin should be a priority throughout the year, not just in summer. Use a good moisturizer to protect your skin from chilly winds. It’s good to use a moisturizer with an SPF (sun protection factor) even in the cooler weather.

3. Watch the weather.
Warmer days may seem more pleasant but rain and cloud can change the entire look of your backdrop and can make for moodier images. If you are looking for light rain flurries, try and keep an eye on the weather forecast. Heavy showers aren’t usually a good look for a photo shoot. I try to keep an eye on this too, and I’ll keep in contact to reschedule if we need to, or make a change of plan.

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3. Be flexible.
If the weather isn’t exactly what you had hoped for, lets see if you can still make the photo session work. Often times I’ll have chatted with you by email or messenger before hand. If know the look and feel of images you’re going for and I may suggest we reschedule. If we’ve scheduled around family members who may not be able to make it on any other day, we may just have to work with the weather on that particular day.

4. Incorporate colour.
Autumn and winter already have some amazing colours to work with. But why not wear a splash of colour to really stand out in your photos? For example, vibrant shades of blues and greens look amazing amongst crunchy brown leaves. Keep it simple, comfortable and timeless and your family photos will look amazing on your walls for years to come. Try to look around your home before the shoot to see what colour outfits will go with your décor. Your outfits look best when they’re coordinating but not too matchy-matchy. I’ve curated some ideas for you for what to wear on my Little Brown Rabbit Pinterest Board.

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5. Plan your day.
I always try to schedule your photo shoot just before sunset or just after the sun rises. That way we have the best chance of shooting with amazing lighting. It’s a great idea to try and plan your day around the shoot time. Little ones who are not too tired or hungry are much happier. Maybe try to keep the children awake a little longer so that nap time is a little later. I promise it’s worth it for the golden light I love.

6. Why not bring a blanket big enough for the whole family to get wrapped . Remember hats and scarves, rug up and enjoy the cooler weather while it lasts. Take some hot chocolate or coffee along to make your photo session even more enjoyable. Then get ready for some beautiful results. 

Michelle

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