So now that you know what to wear, lets talk about location. Choosing a location can be a bit overwhelming! St. Louis has so many beautiful city parks, and a ton of hidden gems outside of the city. With the fall foliage, finding the perfect spot at the perfect time can get tricky. I feel like I’m constantly scouting locations a few days prior to a shoot, only to find that by the time we get there the leaves have all fallen. My best advice is to choose a location that has a good mix of architectural details as well as foliage – especially when you hit late fall and the weather can be unpredictable.
A few of my favorites:
Oak Knoll Park is great for early Fall photos. Pretty leaves, and a gorgeous pond – it’s the perfect spot! The leaves tend to fall quickly in early November though, so schedule your session here early!
Lafayette Park is another one of my favorites. Lots of gorgeous foliage, a beautiful pond, and an awesome bridge. The leaves here tend to turn quickly as well, so usually best for early to mid Fall sessions.
Forest Park is a pretty popular photo spot here in St. Louis, but it’s easy to see why. The Park is massive, and there is no shortage of great spots to take photos. This little secret spot is great for late Fall/Winter photos – lots of bright orange bushes and architectural details!
Forest Park is so great – it made my list twice! For early Fall, Art Hill is my favorite. These vibrant red trees are only this color for about a week though, so plan your session accordingly! Even if these gorgeous leaves have fallen, your a few steps away from the Art Museum. The incredible architecture makes for a beautiful backdrop.
Larson Park is one of my local favorites, and is a total hidden gem! You can photograph in this park any time of the year and get gorgeous results. Even if the leaves have fallen, the dry creek bed makes for some beautiful shots. LOVE this park!
And lastly – Shaw Nature Reserve. It’s a bit of a hike, but totally worth it. Acres of rolling hills and lovely walking trails make this park so unique. In the fall it’s absolutely breathtaking. Come early to mid Fall for the best photos, and note there is a fee to get into the park (unless you are a member of MOBOT)
I hope this little list helps you to plan your Fall Photo Session! And if you need a little more help, or want to book your own fall photo shoot, get in touch here! I’ll be back here next week for more tips!
See the rest of this amazing shoot, plus an awesome DIY here!
I find that what my clients tend to struggle with the most when planning their photo session is what to wear. It can be so difficult to find clothing that is timeless, yet trendy, without making you look like your family belongs in one of those Awkward Family Photos!
One thing I have found when it comes to fall clothing choices is that blue hues tend to work really well. Go back to your elementary school art class – remember the color wheel? To get really stunning images, you want to choose clothing in colors that compliment the fall foliage. The leaves are typically yellow, orange, and red – so the colors that best compliment the leaves are blues, greens, and purples (although green can be tricky if you are somewhere there is a lot of green grass – the color tends to get lost). Now, that being said, you don’t want to show up wearing the exact same outfit! Mixing textures colors can really go a long way in creating some visual interest in your images. While I tend to recommend leaving out very bold patterns or clothing with logos, you can always mix in a simple pattern or two. As long as the entire family isn’t in plaid shirts, you’re good to go!
As the mama of a toddler boy, I’ve found that choosing boy “outfits” can be a challenge. There really just isn’t a lot out there, and it’s hard to find dressier outfits that aren’t your standard button down shirt with khakis and loafers. A few of my favorite places to shop are ZaraKids, GapKids, and Nordstrom. I also like to hit the resale shops to find a few hidden gems (The Purple Cow is my favorite!)
Is it Fall yet?! I really need pumpkin spice lattes, tall boots, and more chambray in my life. Summer has been great, but, I’m totally ready to transition to chillier days and the structure of back to school (Liam agrees, he’s over Camp Mommy and ready to play with some friends his own age, ha!)
Fall is my favorite time of year – partly because I absolutely adore Fall Photo Sessions. The colorful leaves, the crisp air – its the perfect time of year to get outside and update your family photos! Beginning this week, I’ll be posting a brand new weekly series with some of my favorite looks, and tips for capturing the best possible photos! We’ll cover everything from outfits to locations, plus I’ll even be sharing a few stories from our own family photo session (being on the other side of the camera was a total eye opener!) So come back every Tuesday morning for this great new series! Oh, and I totally want to hear from you – do you have any burning questions? Any tips of your own you’d like to share? Please let me know in the comments section below!
I’m in the midst of wedding season craziness (my favorite time of year!) and back to school for this little love but I just had to share a few faves from Britni and Brad’s July Wedding! It may have been one of the hottest days of the summer, but Britni and Brad were great sports for the sake of pictures! Thanks Britni and Brad for letting me be a part of your special day. Can’t wait to share more!