Fall Family Portraits
Families always want something special to come out of their portrait sitting and while it is often easy to provide them with what they want, the best time to capture the essence of the family unit is the fall. It could be a combination of the cooler evenings with no one being hot and bothered, the choice of items that can be used as props and the enchantment of the changing seasons.
The leaves will be the main reason that fall is popular. By choosing the correct location, the family can sit among leaves of many colours and be surrounded by trees bearing copious amounts of leaves of the same and similar colours. By dressing the people in neutral colors for the family portrait, there will be even more of a contrast.
Leaves can also be used as tool for fun. Children can be pictured rolling in them, throwing them and using them as a place to hide and peer out into the lens while older members sit serenely. The best time to capture the essence of fall will be the hour or so while the sun sets. It can light up the background to the picture and by placing the family in dark colored clothes, they will stand out as being brighter than the light of the sun. There is so much atmosphere that the dying light can give. Even on days when the sun is not too bright, the leaves can play their part as they will no longer be drowned out by the sun and the will appear to be softer and more welcoming.
Late sun photographs also have an amazing effect on shadows as by then they will be longer than the family, and can be helpful in bringing on a cosy and comfortable sight. It will mean that the family will be more noticeable than the background, but the background will still add the portrait.
As children love pumpkins they can play their part but there can be an issue here. It can be hard enough to get small children to look at a camera and the last thing needed during a family portrait is a major part of the family being distracted. If the children are old enough to use props and be photographed then fine, sit them on them, surround them by them or have the family holding one, but if they are more interested in the pumpkins leave them out.
For a fall family portrait there is another option and that is near to the sea. The ground will often be bare and what was once grass can be shades of brown and beige. Again, try to use the dying sun to light up the background and always make sure that the family are warm enough as nothing will ruin a lovely family portrait as much as sad and unsmiling people shivering against the elements.
As a photographer you will learn the tricks of the trade and find the best places in the area you live in, but you will invariably find that fall is the best time for a family portrait.