Many of the locations I photograph don’t have too many passers-by, but Centennial Park is quite popular for walkers, runners, and bikers. And let me tell you, at this particular session, people would just stop and stare at this beautiful family while I photographed them. I don’t blame them at all! They looked absolutely stunning. It would truly be impossible to walk by and not notice them in their perfectly coordinated outfits standing by the lake on a lovely fall evening.
The children had plenty of experience being photographed because their mom also enjoys the art of photography herself. Her son would check in with her throughout the session to make sure his posing looked good. It was so cute!
This day was relatively warm for November, which is definitely a bonus for a one hour session. One thing that is great about early November, even though the leaves are slightly past peak, there is a golden glow that I just love. You have less leaves on the trees but still an abundance of color that the camera picks up and the sunset filters through the sparseness with a glow. The grasses and reeds start turning a golden color in fields and it’s quite a sight.
Prior to this session, I had handwritten a blog post in my journal to discuss outfit selection for fall photos. I hadn’t typed it up yet, so it occurred to me that this would be the perfect post to talk a little bit about outfit selection, since this family nailed it!
I highly recommend that moms select their own outfit first and then coordinate everyone else. This is the most important thing – you have to like, no, L-O-V-E what you’re wearing ladies! Don’t choose your outfit just to match everyone else. Pick a style and color that is most flattering on you, and that you feel comfortable wearing.
After photographing during each season at different locations, I have found that color harmony in outfits makes a huge impact on the overall outcome of your photos. I edit each session the same way and I’ve found that my editing style works best with lighter color clothing. I prefer neutrals, pastels, and muted or soft color tones. The landscape and outfit colors look most harmonious when they blend or complement each other.
The images that I prefer most have earth tones, like beige, tan, cream, taupe with a soft accent color, like blush pink, dusty pale blue, olive, sage, or a light dusty mauve or pale peach, just to name a few. There’s a reason why this particular photo session stopped so many people in their tracks.
This is the aesthetic that I’m most drawn to, so if you love the look of images like this on my website, then I can assist you with your outfit selection. I believe that the outfit colors are the second most important factor in creating beautiful portraits. The MOST important factor is how you interact with your family. If you enjoy your time together, we can capture genuine smiles and create authentic portraits.