Planning your Dothan fall family photo session
Dothan fall family photos- it’s that time of year again! Kids are headed back to school, which means it’s time to plan your annual family photos. Whether you’re a Christmas card family, or one who just likes annual photos, this is the best time of year to do it. Keep reading for my favorite tips of outfit choices, locations, and why I favor an “unposed” approach.
What do we wear for fall photos?
After choosing your photographer, this is probably the next thing you’ll want to tackle. And for good reason. I cannot emphasize enough how much of a difference styling makes in the final product. My favorite color palette is something along the lines of boho earthy neutrals. Think sage or olive green, brown, cream, rust, mustard, blush. An easy way to plan is to pick one child (or mom) to have in a patterned shirt/dress. Then pull complimentary colors from the pattern for the rest of the family. I recommend some combo of this color suggestion because it looks absolutely dreamy during golden hour. It’s enough to make you stand out against any greenery or golden sunrays, but not so bold that it takes away from your expressions. I also have a client closet with flowy gowns for mom- use of these is included with any session booked with me!
Location, location, location
I’ll always ask in the early stages of planning if you have a preference on location or city for your session. If not, you can bet I’ll choose an area with a wonderfully neutral background. I don’t want distractions behind you. I prefer locations without tons of people. I want to be able to see the sky, and I want to make sure you have room to move!
What is an unposed approach?
I will always start out with your entire family in a look and smile at the camera type of pose. However from there, every session looks a little different. I prefer giving prompts to encourage movement and natural interactions among your family. I love seeing you love on chunky baby thighs, walking with your teenager, seeing siblings race each other. It’s those quiet, in between moments that really make the difference in your gallery.
Dothan fall family photos- rapid fire tips!
Now that you’ve got a session scheduled, let me wrap it up with a few rapid fire tips! Don’t look at the camera, look at each other! I’ll let you know when I want you to look my way. If you don’t know what to do with your hands, reach out and touch your babies, or put your thumbs in your pockets. Don’t be afraid of movement. Rocking an upset child, walking around with each other, letting your child run and dance- it all tells the story of your family.