It’s September and to me it’s Autumn, I don’t care what anyone else says! Naturally, my mind is on what I can create and photograph. I love to sit down at the start of the season and plan for the months ahead. I doodle ideas, write things down, and get inspired. I like to go through photographs I have taken before and then seek out inspiration from others via Pinterest and Instagram. It’s a nice thing as we go into a new season and I can work out what my focus and photography will be like for the season ahead.
I have compiled a collection of images from last Autumn for Inspiration and to show you exactly what I’m thinking for the months ahead. From props to colour palettes to editing. Let’s get started.
When it comes to props I like to keep things as cheap as possible and the BEST thing about Autumn photography is that nature has all the free props. From leaves to pinecones there’s plenty to bring inside or take advantage of outside. There is so much inspiration around. I like to use leaves as outfits, or take props to leaves and use them as a background. I have even brought bag fulls of leaves inside to use too. It’s a great option with kids as it means you can control the light and keep things comfortable for them but you don’t lose out on the fantastic leaf backdrop. I also like to arrange the props too. From rainbows to sticking leaves on the walls or pinecone garlands. There are so many possibilities. I also like to use polaroid or prints in my autumn photography. You can find out how to make your own here.
A brilliant one for adding texture and creating that cosy feeling. Whether you are wearing it or using it as a backdrop. I like to arrange jumpers on the floor to make a beautiful knitwear backdrop. You can also stack it up, hide in it and style it into flatlays.
I love a fairy light. Holding the lights close to the lens creates a beautiful glow. It just adds a level of Autumn Magic! It truly is a great prop to have and can take a simple photo and level it up! You can see a reel on how I use fairy lights here.
Editing & Tones
Of course, I love using seasonal presets. I have just launched my brand new Autumn ones. I have already used Oh So Autumn on my grid photos, it’s a lovely brown toned preset and gives an autumn glow. I think with autumn presets and editing it’s about finding ways to compliment the orange and brown tones. You can head over to my shop to see mine here.
It always helps with editing if you keep your tones similar. So for example I keep my tones brown, beige, and orange in Autumn. This means clothes worn, backgrounds, etc. Think about what would work together and how it would look all together. You can use planning apps like Preview or PLANN they help you to see what your photographs look like laid out together. I love using the floorboards we have in autumn as it gives a wonderful backdrop for my photography.
But most of all have fun. Get outside, get inspired, find all the props you can!
Do you love Autumn Photography?