Autumn is my favourite time of year for outdoor portrait sessions, and it’s almost over! Golden light, early sunsets, gorgeous outdoor settings and skin that still carries traces of summer. Here are the top 5 reasons to book an autumn photo shoot:
Reason #1: Glorious autumn colours | autumn photo shoot
We Melburnians know the magic that Mother Nature brings to our parks and gardens between March and May each year. Our drab, dry, and thirsty outdoor spaces are transformed into colourful wonderlands. And the colours! Oh, the colours! Our exotic trees produce a spectrum that ranges from pale lemon through to gold, orange, red and magenta.
Autumnal colours make amazing backdrops for portraits, and flatter every skin tone.
Reason #2: The light is gorgeous | autumn photo shoot
Summer light can be bright and stark. However, when autumn rolls around the light takes on a warm, soft, ephemeral quality. There is often a bit of a haze hanging over Melbourne throughout autumn and, while that might be a red flag for the EPA, it’s REALLY good for portraits! The haze has a diffusing effect, making skin appear softer and younger … and who doesn’t want that?
Reason #3: Sunset is earlier & sunrise is later | autumn photo shoot
The hour before sunset, referred to by photographers as the ‘Golden Hour’, is the holy grail of outdoor portraiture. It’s when the light is at its spectacular best – soft, warm and golden. Not only does it flatter the complexion and ‘set fire’ to the hair, but it also transforms everything it touches. The two photos below were shot 15 minutes apart. See the difference the setting sun makes to the grass and the trees in the background?
In summer, the sun doesn’t set until after 9pm, and that’s late for little ones. But in an autumn photo shoot, Golden Hour happens at a much more civilised time. Even for teens and adults, this means you can book your photo shoot on a weeknight and still be home in time for an early weekday night.
Sunrise is another popular time for outdoor portrait sessions, especially at the beach. The early morning light is soft pink and lilac, flattering and gentle. The sun rises at the most ungodly hour in summer! Even by 7am, the sun is high in the sky and has lost all of its magic. But come autumn, you can sleep in to a civilised hour and still catch that gorgeous sunrise!
Reason #4: Your skin is still glowing from summer | autumn photo shoot
There’s no need to slather on the fake tan in autumn. Even if you’ve slip-slop-slapped all summer long, your skin takes on an attractive glow that can’t be faked. Your hair is probably sun-kissed also, which means you and your family will be looking gorgeous in all your photos!
Reason #5: The weather is kind | autumn photo shoot
Autumn in Melbourne is generally mild and dry, with crisp mornings and evenings, gloriously clear days, and the first waft of smoke from open fireplaces. Gone are the blistering days of summer and the howling northerly winds, and the winter chill hasn’t quite reached us yet either. It’s cool enough for long sleeves (which are flattering for most of us) yet not so cold that we need to look like Michelin men to avoid hypothermia!
So what are you waiting for? Can’t you just picture yourself on this bench, framed by that happy colour? Autumn photo shoots are popular, and bookings are limited, so don’t miss out. Book your autumn photo shoot today!