5 tips to ensure you get stunning images from your fun, family photo shoot this autumn

We LOVE autumn, we LOVE the colours and we LOVE the many, many photographic opportunities it brings. These photographic opportunities are way more exciting that the many pumpkin spiced lattes you might see on Instagram!

So when you book your autumn family photography session, what creative ideas should you get out of your session? Whether you book a shoot with us or another family photographer in Nottingham, make sure you go prepared with these creative shots and tips!

 This young lady absolutely loved throwing leaves in the air. Would you believe she was incredibly shy, nervous just 10 minutes before this picture?

This young lady absolutely loved throwing leaves in the air. Would you believe she was incredibly shy, nervous just 10 minutes before this picture?

1) Create a leaf storm!

If there’s one thing we associate with autumn it’s leaves, vibrant autumnal leaves. In your session, make sure to incorporate these beautiful symbols of autumn in your pictures. There are tonnes of great ways to do this; crumbling up leaves to blow them towards the camera like glitter, letting your child hide behind them or, our favourite, creating a leaf storm!

Throwing leaves is always a fun way to open a child up and make them enjoy themselves. What kid wouldn’t like the opportunity to make a mess and throw leaves in the air! We find getting kids involved and distracted with playing enables a photographer to get the perfect real, natural moments of them engrossed in play - perfect emotions!

Alternatively, have your kids find the biggest leaf they can and hide behind it! This can make for a really cute picture.

These kind of fun activities can be a great way for the kids to feel relaxed and get used to a photographer and having a camera pointed at them.

 These adorable little kids loved rolling around in the autumn leaves and mum even started throwing them up in the air to their delight!

These adorable little kids loved rolling around in the autumn leaves and mum even started throwing them up in the air to their delight!

2) Perfect the ‘autumn overhead’

Usually when we advise people about photographing kids we encourage them to get down on their level to make the most of the background. During autumn, however, the floor can BE a stunning background. So think outside the box and have your photographer snap a shot or two from overhead - photograph your kids lying on the ground amongst the leaves or throwing them up at the camera.

When the trees are brown or bare, having a child lie on the ground is an amazing way to bring autumn into your photographs. The contrast of the grass and the autumnal leaves can add some great texture to your images. As an added bonus, having the kids look straight up at the sky will also create pretty catchlight - a reflection that really brings out the light in their eyes - in their eyes.

 Whilst exploring Central Park, NY a few years ago this stunning sight appeared before our eyes - I just loved how the light was coming through the trees lighting up this beautiful, vibrant tree.

Whilst exploring Central Park, NY a few years ago this stunning sight appeared before our eyes - I just loved how the light was coming through the trees lighting up this beautiful, vibrant tree.

3) Focus on the light.

With the nights drawing in, the sun setting earlier and a longer, more drawn out golden hour, autumn afternoons and evenings can provide simply stunning light for photography. It’s important to make the most of that, think carefully about the time of day when you book your photography session, make the most of the golden hour - the hour before sunset where the light has a stunning warm, orange glow. Sunset being earlier in the evening makes it a much more sociable hour for your kids, and if you book your shoot for before the clocks go back (October 28th), you can just about squeeze a midweek session in after school.

4) Capture autumn landscapes

The colours of autumn are stunning, there’s no denying it. So make the most of it - add some colour to your family portraits! Look around you, look for the vibrant colours for a backdrop and look to put your kids in the foreground. By doing this, you’ll be left with a stunning piece of art including your lovely kids.

 She loved playing around in the leaves and enjoyed this one in particular - we just love that natural smile and those eyes!

She loved playing around in the leaves and enjoyed this one in particular - we just love that natural smile and those eyes!

5) Have fun!

Think about what your kids love about autumn; explore the outdoors, search for acorns or conkers and throw leaves - have fun and enjoy yourselves! The changing season brings about different activities it could be the start of the football season, the start of new clubs outside of school or just exploring nature. Consider what you kids like most and try to plan these activities in to your family photography session.

A good photographer will LOVE this and be sure to capture all these stunning real emotions.

Remember the more special and personalised the photography session is, the more you will treasure the images!


Whichever photographer you choice for your family photography session this autumn, make sure to think about these 5 creative family photography ideas.

Since you’re here…

Have you been putting off getting a family portrait or updated photographs of your children? Autumn is now firmly setting in and with it's vibrant colours and soft lighting, it is certainly the best time of year for photography.

We've just released our Autumn Family Photo shoots - there are twelve slots available during the half-term holidays and each one includes £100 of FREE printing credit to spend on your beautiful images afterwards.

Don't let another year go by and miss that special opportunity to get a beautiful family photograph (not to mention you'll have a Christmas gift for the grandparents in the bag!)