Autumn is a time for golden filters, flattering daylight and relaxing backdrops; perfect for portrait photography. Portraits tell countless stories, as they unveil emotions and personality. Use fall to your advantage to create your own rendering.
Preparing for your shoot.
Preparation is key. Don’t forget to pack the basic fundamentals; a fully charged battery, adequate memory capacity, a reflector, a tripod and the right set of lenses.
Schedule your shoot with the weather forecast. Withhold from planning weeks in advance, if you can. The foliage may look beautiful through the window, but a strong gust of wind can turn vegetation into a outline of bare branches. While the weather can make you want to end the shoot and send you packing, remain patient and be imaginative. Use wind and rain to your advantage. Rain can provide great imagery, while the wind can cause the leaves and petals to fall like confetti.
Time your shoot an hour before sunset, known to photographers as the glorious golden hour. With the sun lowering in the sky, its intensity gradually reduces, causing light to be softer and warmer in hue. Golden tones can be more flattering in portrait photography.
Image source: Bruno Nascimento
Your subjects may ask you for guidance on what to wear. Picking the right ensemble does require a little thought. It’s best to start simple and build on it. Work with colour themes that compliments the season. Opt for neutral and warm shades like, creams and browns with a hint of burgundy. Or go for black and white to add more highlight to your subject.
Image by Allef Vinicius
Head for the woods. Nothing says autumn like an abundance of trees. Choose parks and lanes that offer you a medley of vegetation. Not only as attractive backdrops but also as handy props. Rake up some leaves ready to kick about or throw in the air. You’ll be surprised what a difference small details can make.
The beauty of shooting in autumn is its unpredictability. Apart from a strong gust of wind, You may be lucky enough to see shafts of light entering through trees, creating an atmospheric scene.
Image by Autumn Mott
Main Image by Jakob Owens