Do you feel it?
Even with all this gorgeous sunshine, fall is definitely in the air. The temperature is downright chilly in the morning and I’m starting to favour boots and warm socks over bare feet and ballet flats.
As much as I’ll miss the long hot summer days, there’s so much to love about fall too. Pretty soon I’ll be pulling out the cozy warm sweaters, dusting off my crockpot and watching the leaves change to orange, yellow and red.
The warm-toned leaves make a perfect backdrop for fall family photos. The colours are beautiful and the fallen leaves make a perfect ground cover – sort of like a rug for the grass.
And what kid (and dad) doesn’t love making a huge pile of leaves and then throwing them all up in the air. If you have an especially active little one, I can burn off a tonne of energy enlisting their help in making just the right leaf pile.
Prime fall family photo time is different every year but usually runs from the end of October to the end of November. There will definitely be some fall leaves earlier in October but for the full effect, late October into November are best.
Side note: I only have 3 of the highly-coveted Saturday afternoon time slots still available during that time. If you really want fall family photos with the leaves on the ground, book now.
Displaying Fall Family Photos
But a leaf-covered backdrop isn’t for everyone.
The ultimate goal of your family photography session is the artwork that will end up on the walls of your home. You wouldn’t completely disregard your home décor when choosing curtains for your windows. Likewise, you need to think about the décor of the room where your photographs will be displayed when creating the artwork for your walls.
Is your family room (or whatever room the photos will be displayed in) full of warm tones – beiges and browns? Or do the colours have a cooler feel? If so, a leaf-covered backdrop might not be right for you.
Take a look at these two rooms. The wall gallery is the same but see how it looks so much better in the room on the left? For the room on the right I would recommend a different location for your photographs.
Want to know if a backdrop of fall leaves would be perfect for you and your family? Take a quick photograph of the room where you’ll be displaying the photographs (don’t feel the need to clean it up first!) and send it over to me. I’ll be happy to let you know if fall leaves would work for you.