Tips. Preparing For Your Fall Photography Session

It’s almost here! Fall is in air and the peak fall leafy season goodness is upon us. I thought it might be helpful to have a list of what to expect, as well as some general reminders of tips and tricks when prepping for your session this season.

1. Location location location.

For the fall months, I like to choose family session locations a few days prior to your actual session. So don’t worry if we haven’t decided on anything yet if we are only a few days out from your session’s date. Waiting allows me to scout out the most colorful areas of the local parks and to plan for which one will look best for our natural surroundings. This can change quickly, so I like to keep our options open. A gusty day in the fall, can leave us with bare trees over night.

In Kokomo Indiana, the Parks and Rec Department does not require any kind of permit or reservation for photographers to use the local parks, so we can decide things up until the last minute. However, if you already know that you would like to use a specific location, such as a coffee shop, a local museum, or for instance the Newfields garden in Indianapolis, do let me know this ahead of time. Locations like this require permission from the owner, and locations such as Newfield’s do require a permit and entrance fee for photography.

2. Expect cold weather.

Fall is unpredictable. Especially here in Indiana. Sometimes it’s in the perfect 70s but most of the time it is a little chilly, especially towards the peak of fall and into the holiday months. *Always* prepare for it to be chilly. Sessions are only rescheduled when inclement weather is involved(serious rain, thunderstorms, etc.), but not due to light snow or cold weather. If it’s chilly on your session day, we will only be together 40-60 minutes, so no worries! I’ll get you in and out of the cold in no time. We will warm up little ones between shots with their coats and I always have blankets on hand(and hot chocolate on those especially cold days!). We can even keep the car running and warm up with the heater between takes if you’d prefer.

I highly recommend wearing an extra pair of socks and purchasing some hand warmer packets. Even if you don’t want them in your pockets, you can hold them in your hands between shots. There are both disposable and reusable chemical hand warmer packets at most super markets.

3. Dress warmly and accessorize.

This is chunky knit sweater and boot season! Definitely take advantage of this. Don’t be scared of scarves or mittens, they add to the overall look of your session and can be used to accessorize in some very fashionable ways. Use it as a way to add pops of color to your session or use it to blend and balance the colors in your outfits. If you need some inspiration, check out my Pinterest board for some popular 2018 style choices here: https://www.pinterest.com/jbnewton/fall-2018-photography-clothing-ideas/

4. Book Early. 

Peak fall evening time sessions start booking up over the summer months. Weekend peak fall dates book up 6-12 months in advance. If you know that your family will prefer a peak fall date, especially an evening one, start thinking about booking your session 3-6 months out from your desired session date. Especially if you know that you’d like to book a family photography session with me, but would also like to avoid the colder months of November and December. 

5. Christmas Cards & Gifts.

This is a FABULOUS way to show off those portraits when sending out your yearly family Christmas cards. And almost every mama out there, including myself, would love to have a canvas print as a Christmas gift for her living room wall. If you’d like to have your portraits back in time for Christmas card use, sessions must take place before December 1st. And if you know you’d like to have prints made for Christmas gifts, print orders must be placed by December 10th. Any dates outside of these may result in rush shipping charges, or worse, an after Christmas delivery date.

Hope that helps! It’s been a great season so far and it’s no where near over. I do still have a handful of dates left for the year. If you’d like to snag one before they are gone, email me at jessicabnewton@gmail.com or contact me here.