Ugh, boring photographer guff I hear you groan, but NO says I. This is in fact, the not so boring guide to why autumn is awesome for photography sessions and much more.
Be prepared, this article may do one of two things…
a) convince you that you NEED to book an autumn shoot , like today already!
b) ensure that I am very quiet for the rest of the year as per my guidance, you all book in for autumn and avoid all other times of the year!
So without further ado…
1. Och…that’s the nights drawing in.
As my Granny would say (and no doubt yours!) ‘The nights are fair drawing in!’ I love it when I can finally get the heating on in the evening...(not until about the end of October if my husband has anything to do with it). The darker mornings mean there is potential for another half hour of sleep without being disturbed by small children…bloomin’ marvellous!
And, of course the major photographer bonus of this time of year is that the beautiful light that you get just before sun set is much earlier in the evening. ‘Golden Hour’ finally becomes child friendly! So, instead of begging clients to adjust snooze times and drag their children out way past bedtime (which also seriously reduces parental ‘wine time’) we can go out to play in the afternoon instead. Win win!
Oh that gorgeous golden yumminess! It's like a pumpkin latte in a picture!
2. The Leaves
Ok, so this one is fairly predictable but who doesn’t love the colours in autumn?! The golden, rich red and brown leaves and to die for. The crunch of them underfoot or glistening with a hint of frost in the morning. Chucking them up in the air, kicking them up for the pooch to bark at. Combined with the slight nagging fear that with every step concealed dog excrement is potentially looming!
On the photographer front, they offer such an amazing backdrop and if the kids are a little shy in front of the camera there is always the good old ‘go and chuck some leaves’ instruction which usually guarantees a few nice smiley shots.
When you giggle because the rest of your family are ready to bombard you with leaves!
3. The Clothes
It is finally time to ditch all summer wear and get back into a jumper. Woo hoo! A nice, floaty, attempt to cover all the wobbly bits jumper. Who’s with me?!
And boots! Love me a pair of boots.
Hats? Yes, yes…I’m partial to one of those too. Or one to co-ordinate every outfit, ah go on then.
I’ll give a shout out to scarfs too, they’re not my thing but I can appreciate a good one when I see it.
The clothes are just all round better, comfier, cosier and allow for a little cake eating!
And all of the above are perfect for a photography session! They add textures and co-ordinated well can absolutely make your family photographs.
Some fine scarf co-ordination going on right here!
But enough about what you’re wearing…
The Kids Clothes...
A wee boy in a gilet! Oh my heart. (That’s a body warmer to anyone who was born in or around the early 80’s). They are so cute. Or raincoats with matching wellies!
I may have had the odd daydream about photographing a little girl in a little duffle coat, wearing boots with wee ear muffs on. Awww. (Feel free to get in touch if you have one of those knocking about the house. I’m sure I could rummage up an ickle girl in a duffle coat discount!)
I spend a lot of time nosing at girls’ clothes. Imagining what life would be like with a little girl to dress up. I usually come to the conclusion that I have enough on my plate with two crazy boys to even consider trying for what would invariably be…another crazy boy!
Nice to daydream though.
4. The two birds with one stone factor
Let’s face it, Autumn is when Christmas starts entering the back of your mind….mainly because Dobbies has already started putting Christmas cards up. I kid you not, they totally have!
You start to tick over about what original/thoughtful gifts you can muster up this year and you get to thinking about how much the Grannies love a wee photo of the grandkids.
You have the ‘ah ha!’ moment! The relatively genius idea that this year you could totally kill two birds and get a photo shoot done for the family (your treat) whilst using it as the grannies Christmas present (their treat!). Yes! I can get the photo shoot done and it can come out of the grannies Christmas budget!
I don’t know about your Mum but mine is truly horrific to buy for. Think Rachel from Friends only worse because she doesn’t write you a list. She says, ‘I’m not needing anything’. She says this every year.
Most of what is purchased for her is returned or elicits little emotion, however, give her a ticket to a Take That concert and you’ll get a decent sized grin and give her photos of her grandkids and she’ll blub. It’s a winner every time!
These ones got a tear or two. Job done!
And so to sum up we have, cosy clothes, colours, Christmas prep and cake. Did I cover it all? What’s your favourite thing about autumn?
Oh and if you know that girl...the little one with the duffle coat..then tag her Mum in on this!