Pro-tips for your own beautiful fall foliage family photos / by Jean-Pierre Uys

Few places in the world will give the array of warm fall colors like New York. Here is the problem, every year it comes and goes in a blink of an eye. The fall foliage report on iloveny.com report that Central Park will reach its peak color in the next few days. From a photography point of view its now the perfect time to take advantage of the beauty and do a family shoot that you will love and get you on top of your friends social media conversations!


Here are some easy pro tips to get the most out of doing a fall foliage photo shoot. You can even use your cell phone. 
 

1. Pop or blend? First step is your clothes. Choose yellows, orange and brown colors for a soft beautiful blend of color and textures or choose bright colors like red, blue or purple that will make you pop! 


2. Leaves are the key. Choose trees with the best color and shoot from a lower angle so your background is just colorful fall foliage. Option two is to sit amongst the beautiful leaves on the ground. Try combining both! 


3.Posing,it is time to make if fun and mix up the facial expressions. Do a few Vogue serious looks and do a few smiling. Try laughing instead of smiling as that has a natural reaction which makes your eyes smile.  Throw or kick the leaves for some natural lifestyle shots. Walking as a family is also an easy way to get some natural moments and great shots. 

4. What about you? All cameras and most phones have a self timer function. This way you can have one photo where everyone is in the photo. Take a tripod, small stool or something like a bean bag that you can shape. This gives you something to place the camera on.

 

Have fun creating in this beautiful environment and don’t rush it. Photography is about waiting for that perfect moment!

Here are some examples:

 

Walking and kicking the leaves is an easy way to get natural looking photos.

Walking and kicking the leaves is an easy way to get natural looking photos.

Sitting in the leaves is great way to surround yourself with the beautiful foliage.

Sitting in the leaves is great way to surround yourself with the beautiful foliage.

Have fun throwing in a Vogue pose! 

Have fun throwing in a Vogue pose!