7 Monumental Mistakes To Avoid For Fall Family Photos

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It's that time of year again! The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down and families are gearing up for fall family photos. But before you book your session and start picking out your outfits, there are a few things you'll want to avoid if you want to make the most of your shoot.

Not Clearly Communicating the importance of Fall family photos

It's hard to get everyone together for a family photo during the busy fall season, but it's worth it! Fall family photos are the perfect way to capture all the changes that have happened over the year. From new babies to new haircuts, these photos will be cherished for years to come. Make sure to communicate the importance of taking fall family photos to your loved ones, so everyone can make time for this special tradition.

Sending a save the date or reminder in advance is a great way to make sure that everyone can make time for family photos. You can also follow up with a phone call or text message to confirm that everyone is still on board for the photo session.

 Booking Fall Family Photographer Last Minute
 

If you wait till the last minute to book your fall family photographer, you may be disappointed with the results. Many photographers book up early for the fall season, so if you wait too long, you may not be able to get the photographer you want. Also, if you wait till the last minute, you may not have time to plan the perfect shoot and may end up with photos that are just okay, instead of great. So if you want to ensure that you get beautiful family fall photos, book your photographer well in advance!

Outfits Too Complicated, Too Uncomfortable or Too Casual
 

Making your outfits too complicated or uncomfortable can make it hard to enjoy your day. If you're constantly adjusting your clothing or feeling uncomfortable in what you're wearing, it can be a distraction from the activities you're participating in. It's also important to consider the level of formality for the event you're attending. Wearing something too casual can be seen as disrespectful or uninterested.

Find a balance between being comfortable and presentable to make the best impression, start with a basic color palette of fall colors. Then, add in one or two stand-out pieces. A cozy sweater or a pair of ripped denim jeans are always good choices. And don't forget the accessories! A scarf or some fun jewelry can really elevate your look.

Additionally, you can make sure that your hair and makeup are done in a way that makes you look put-together without being overdone. Some people believe that being comfortable and presentable are mutually exclusive, but this doesn't have to be the case.

No Rain Date or Backup location for Fall Family Photos

If you're planning on taking Fall family photos, be sure to choose a location that has no rain date or backup location. The last thing you want is for your fall family pictures to be ruined by the weather. The weather may be uncertain, but there are still ways you can prepare for the worst. The number one way is to always check the forecast before you head out.

If it looks like there’s a chance of rain or even snow - (Any body remember Halloween 2012 in the Northeast) , be sure to have a backup plan in place. You might want to consider renting a studio space that offers outdoor photography as well. This way, you can move indoor if the weather isn’t cooperating.

Your session should be fun for your family, so make sure everyone is on board with your ideas. Take some time to sit down with your kids and ask them what they want out of the session. If they have any suggestions, take them into consideration when planning your session!

Choosing an Inexperienced Photographer

If you are considering hiring an inexperienced photographer, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, inexperienced photographers may not be able to capture the photos you are hoping for. They may also be less comfortable working with clients and may not be able to provide the level of customer service you expect.

Additionally, inexperienced photographers may not have the same level of equipment or editing skills as more experienced photographers. As a result, you may end up with lower quality photos. Overall, hiring an inexperienced photographer is a riskier proposition than hiring a more experienced one, but it can also be more affordable.

Unclear What type of Picture Location you want

If you're undecided about what kind of location you want for your family photos, it can ruin the whole shoot. Your photographer will have a hard time getting the right shots if they don't know what kind of backdrop to use. The same goes for your family - if you're not sure where to stand or pose, it'll show in the final photos. To avoid this, take some time to think about what kind of setting you want.

Do you want a natural backdrop or something more urban? Would you like your photos taken in a park or in front of a landmark? Once you've decided on a general location, your photographer will be able to help you choose the best spot and light for taking fall family photos.

Not Giving Ample Time for Getting Ready Or Travel

If you're planning on having a fall family photo session with little ones, be especially sure to give yourself ample time to get ready and travel to the location. Preparation for autumn family pictures can take some time, especially if you're coordinating outfits and making sure everyone is looking their best. But the end result will be worth it when you have beautiful fall photos to cherish for years to come.

Bonus Tip: Don't Be Shy About Bribing the Kids - and Dad if necessary

During the chaos of your wedding day, it can be easy to forget about what brought you here: the love that you and your partner share and your hopes for your future together. Take time to celebrate this special milestone in your lives!

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