5 Tips for Taking Perfect Fall Portraits

Fall is the perfect time to capture family memories. The weather is cooler which allows outdoor shooting to go longer without everyone getting sweaty and tired. Maternity shoots can be so much more comfortable this time of year! The changing leaves provide a beautiful backdrop and the clothes can be cute and cozy.

Atlanta family photography is done in the client's backyard. Fall is the perfect back drop for family portraiture. 

Tip 1

Be creative with your clothing choices! Fall can mean browns and oranges but a beautiful burgundy or mustard can look amazing. Play to the colors that work with your skin tone within a color palette. And remember your colors don't have to match. Look for coordinating colors.

Atlanta photography is done outdoors in the fall. The whether is cool and the sun sets early.

Tip 2

Location is definitely key in the fall. Take advantage of the fall colors and opt for an outdoor shoot this time of year. Be mindful in scheduling in order to take full advantage of the changing leaves.

Intown Atlanta has many backdrops for photo sessions with children. Inman Park is a great place to hold family photography. 

Tip 3

I always schedule outdoor shoots for early or late in the day. After the time changes, It is important to note when the sun will be setting. Sunset photos can be very pretty but if you start too late, you may not have enough time to get the shots you want.

Newborn photographer and birth doula, Christina Hodgen, offers Atlanta families a professionally printed keepsake of the first days after birth.


Activities are a great way to make a shoot feel fun, especially with young children. Play at a park or even in the leaves right in your backyard. Take time to have lots of breaks so they children don’t lose interest too quickly.


Tip 5

Plan for your holiday gifts!  I always give family members a photo based gift. Grandparents will be thrilled to have them year round. Check out the quality photos items available for customization at Pinhole Press.* 

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I hope these tips help make your fall photos easier whether they are taken by a professional photographer or DIY with your personal camera. Remember that photography should be fun! Your photos will look more natural and relaxed if you are enjoying yourselves.

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