fall family photos

Fall is here, and it’s the best time of year!

Fall means cooler weather for hiking trips and outdoor activities, perfect temps for family bonfires, getting to cozy up in your favorite sweater, the seaon for picking apples & pumpkins and making pies, and enjoying the many nearby festivals that always seem to pop up this time of year like the local trunk-or-treat and Oktoberfest’s.

It’s also an amazing time to have your family portraits taken! (maybe even the BEST time.)

Fall is the best time for family photos!

Why?

  1. Update your family photos for your Christmas Card!
  2. The colors here in the northeast are GORGEOUS! – Arguably the most beautiful season in our state!
  3. You won’t have to worry about sweating during the portrait session.
  4. Cooler temps mean lots of layering & looking your best. Layers are my #1 tip for picking out perfect outfits for a portrait session!
  5. Props literally everywhere!

fall family photos

Update your family photos for your Christmas card.

This is super easy with me because I offer a wide variety of custom designed Christmas cards and they’re so easy to order!

You just go to my online catalog, pick your design, and within 2 days your design is customized with your family photos and name! They come in sets of 25 with envelopes. 

fall family photos

The colors here in the northeast are GORGEOUS!

How can you argue that after seeing this photo? I love the warm pops of color in fall family photos! We’re so lucky to live in the NE with our beautiful seasonal changes. <3

fall family photos

fall family photos

You won’t have to worry about sweating during the portrait session.

Do you want to know the for-real and for-true reason this is on my list?? Because I am kind of a sweaty person and I’m always worried I’m going to sweat through my shirt and it’ll be noticeable in photos. I also know I’m not the only one with this feeling… don’t worry! The fall season takes this fear right away from me and probably will for you too.

fall family photos

Cooler temps mean lots of layering & looking your best.

When you book a session with me I give you a pdf with some helpful tips on how to plan your outfits, knowing what a challenge this can be. One of my biggest tips is to wear layers. Why? Throughout the session we’ll be able to pull layers off and mix and match your outfit for a more dynamic range of images in your gallery. (that also all match!)

fall family photos

fall family photos

Props literally everywhere!

Props give you something to do/hold, which makes you look more natural in your posing and photographs. The fall season has no shortage of leaves to throw (and an abundance of other fun natural props) laying right on the ground under you!

I always make sure to get a few leaf fight photos at the end of my fall family sessions and it’a always the most memorable moment for the kids! We get some great photographs from them too! Don’t you think?

fall family photos

fall family photos

When should you book your fall family portrait session?

You should book your session as early as possible because availability during peek fall leaves is very limited. At least 3 months in advance is suggested.

In the 8 years I’ve been photographing families in Northern and Central NJ I’ve found that the best time in northern NJ is usually the end of October and the best time in central NJ is usually early to mid November.

Here are some of my favorite locations for family portrait sessions:

Best Northern NJ Locations for Family Photos

Top Central NJ Locations for Family Photos

 

If you’re falling in love with idea of new family portraits this season, contact me today and lets chat! heather@hpalecek.com