Capture the beauty of season with Beautiful Stories Photography
Every year I ask my Family for an early Christmas Gift and that is our annual Fall Family Photoshoot. There is something in the air that fills your heart with so much joy and nostalgia at the same time. The trees are changing colors, everything looks more vibrant, hot summer days are over and kids are back to school!
What’s not there to celebrate?
So I hunt for the outfits for everyone, if you are wondering what to wear for your Fall Family Photoshoot, check this out.
Before you tell me you have a hard time convincing kids to wear certain outfits, I get it, I have that bunch at home too! I first pick their outfits, the ones that I know they will wear and then finalize mine and husbands.
Next comes the location. Now people in the Bay Area are not very lucky in the Fall Color department. But worry I have hand picked certain locations where you can find Fall Colors in the Bay Area.
Now that your beautiful family is ready and you have a gorgeous location picked out; here are my favorite ideas for capturing natural and memorable moments of your Family this fall.
Walk hand in hand
Most people are anxious in front of a camera and need some time to warm up.
And this is my favorite prompt for just that.
I ask my kids to hold hands with dad and walk towards me. I then ask them to look at the naughtiest person in the family or the silliest person in the family. Sometimes I ask them to hop or skip or jump while holding hands or to play a pull and push game.
This is usually enough to ease them up and by the time they reach me, I start noticing their warm smiles and twinkling eyes.
Cuddle up for cozy Fall Family Photoshoot
Now is the time for me to join the fun. I set my camera on the tripod. If you are using your phone, put it on the tripod too or ask a friend to help.
We all get together and cuddle up.
We then play the “Squishing” game and take turns to squish each other. This is sure to bring a lot of giggles and laughter!
Play along when your little one is trying to squish you and let them feel they are doing an amazing job at it. They will be so proud and happy and you will get some beautiful photographs.
This is my favorite prompt… unleashing the tickle monster!
We are already cuddled together so unleashing tickle monsters results in laughing fits and heart warming giggles.
This is sure to bring lots of smiles to older kids too.
Heck, my husband can’t resist the tickles and often breaks down in roaring laughter.
I get some of my most favorite pictures from this prompt.
Of course be mindful and promptly stop if your child asks you to do so. We must always respect boundaries, even when playing games.
Play some fun games
This is my kids’ favorite prompt.
We play our usual games of Ring-around-the-roses or parachute with a blanket or bring out the bubble machine.
The little ones love these games and will forget about the camera altogether!
You will not get your “traditional” portraits with these prompts. But having fun together as a family is such a sweet memory and will bring a smile to your face for years to come.
A portrait of my daughter running into the bubbles sits in our dining room and everytime I look at it
This is one prompt that is so fun that everybody will forget about the camera in their faces!
And it is especially important for you!
Often we get so invested in our kids and building beautiful memories for them that we forget to honor the place where it actually started! With you two!
Sio while everybody is dancing to their heart's content, take this time to tango with your partner and enjoy beautiful memories forever!
No matter where you choose to have your fall family photoshoot or what prompts, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process. The best photos are the ones that capture the joy and love of your family.
Here are some additional tips for planning a fall family photoshoot:
Choose a location that is relevant to the season. Fall leaves, pumpkins, and apples are all great choices.
Consider the time of day. The best time for fall photos is early morning or late afternoon, when the light is soft and golden.
Wear comfortable clothes that you can move around in. You'll be doing a lot of walking and dancing, so you don't want to be too restricted.
I hope this blog post has inspired you to plan a fall family photoshoot. With a little planning and creativity, you can create photos that your family will cherish for years to come.