Autumn is a beautiful time of year. Trees sport beautiful leaves in a variety of colors, which eventually twirl their way to the ground. This is the perfect time of year to take beautiful outdoor shots. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate the beauty of autumn in your family portraits.
Capture a picture of your child who just landed in that huge pile of leaves. You can capture them as they begin to land being sure to select a faster shutter speed. Or you can choose to wait until they have landed and are sitting in the pile their body covered in leaves. You can also choose to capture an image of your child throwing leaves up into the air or have your children fling leaves into the air towards each other as fun images.
Gather the family under a tree wearing seasonal colors for a nice family portrait. You can have the adults sitting on either side of the tree and the kids sitting in front of it. You can also take pictures of each individual or a group portrait of the kids in various poses around the tree. For example, have a young child peer around the side of a tree looking up. Stand in front of the tree with your camera pointing down to capture their face using the leaf covered ground as your backdrop. If you can find a row of trees you can have a person stand behind each one peering out on the same side. Angle your camera towards them in order to separate each one and to make sure that everyone is included in the shot.
Have everyone laying down with their heads touching in a circle and shoot from above. Make sure to have a friend help you out with this one so that you can include yourself in the shot as well. Or you can take this shot including only the kids. For girls with long hair you can spread their hair out behind their head and place random leaves over it for a pretty shot.
Note the year and any other information through t-shirts. For example, there are four people in a family and they each wear a shirt with a different word spelling out the photo’s theme: Doe Family Autumn 2007. Or the two children can wear shirts, one that says Happy and the other that says Autumn (or Halloween). Creating the shirts is inexpensive using cheap t shirts and fabric markers/paints from your local craft store.
For a Halloween picture of the kids you can have them dress in costume and pose with their carved pumpkin. You can shoot this shot on the steps of your front porch with leaves scattered among the porch and steps. Alternatively, you can have them sitting beneath a tree, have them sitting in front of a pile of leaves, etc. You could also shoot from outside of a window with leaves sitting on the ledge and your children and their pumpkin inside looking out.
Here in Oregon you can find some pretty large sized leaves. Everyone can hold a leaf in front of their face for a fun and interesting shot. You could also have them peering out from behind the leaf only exposing an eye and parts of their face.
As you can see there are many options for beautiful and fun family portraits in autumn. Just remember these few last tips before heading out to take your portraits: Wear weather appropriate clothing bringing a jacket just in case. You can do wardrobe changes on a cool day by bringing a variety of sweaters and cardigans for everyone to wear. Bring your tripod. If possible bring along a polarizing filter to help tone down the glare of the sun reflecting off of the leaves. Avoid midday sun if possible, instead choosing an overcast day would be more ideal for your portraits. Play with the angles and take multiple shots of the same pose. When taking action shots aim for a faster shutter speed (at least 1/200 or above).