How to Prepare for a Fall Family Photo Session | Loudoun County Family Photographer

Autumn is one of the most popular months of the year for portrait sessions.  After all, nature is doing its thing with all those vibrant colors, plus you get a chance to really play up your wardrobe with accessories in the crisp weather.

  1. Make use of accessories and clothing that play up the “fall” feeling. For example, opt for leather boots, cable knit scarves and comfy cardigans that look amazing on the whole family and can really bring a picture to life. Tip: neutrals do really well in the fall against all that foliage.
  2. Timing is everything. Start paying attention to that shift in weather as summer melts into fall. Once the leaves start changing, call up your photog and book a session. I know that I like to plan fall sessions, so chances are I’ve got a session ready for you.
  3. Location is everything. If it’s autumn, you better believe we’re playing outside in the gorgeous weather. I have a lot of locations to choose from that have particularly pretty backdrops. I’m also open to your suggestions.
  4. Plan for a mid-afternoon to early-evening session, when the light is just gorgeous. The days are shorter in the fall, so we need to plan accordingly to get that golden hour light.
  5. Play in the environment. Chances are there are leaves on the ground or a few buds lingering around. I may have you throw leaves up into the air or something similar. Remember, this shoot is all about capturing your family bond and having fun, so let loose and get into the season!
  6. Pack the necessities. It can get chilly in autumn, so you may want to bring some necessities on hand. I recommend a lip balm, moisturizer, warm packs for your hands, tissues, and, of course, warm apparel.
  7. Wear comfortable shoes and accessories. Since we’re going to be outside, we’ll probably do lots of walking. If those boots look amazing, but kill your feet, scratch them. If the scarf looks adorable on Timmy, but it’s scratches his face and makes him unhappy, it’s better left at all.



My name is Ksenia and I am the photographer behind Bella Luna Photography, LLC located in Leesburg, VA. I am a mother of a boy and a girl, and a wife to a very supporting husband.

I’ve always been fascinated by the art of photography, especially portrait photography. It was something about looking into the person’s eyes and thinking about their stories. After our son was born, I realized how important it was for me to have professional photos taken of us, capturing our love, giggles and connection. That is why I decided to pursue a path in photography.