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Autumn Photography

It is now officially Autumn and I am excited for the golden tones that start showing up in pictures during this time of year.  The pictures can come across warm, cozy, and almost magical.  For the past two years my daughters and I have made it a tradition to do a photo shoot on the first day of Autumn.  There are some great locations this time of year around Jacksonville to take Autumn-like pictures.  In the past we’ve visited Bird Island Park.  They have a great maze that my daughters enjoy running around while I take some shots.  The dark green from the bushes and trees almost makes it feel like you are deep in the woods. Here are some shots from Bird Island Park from the past two years:

This year I reached out to my friend Kim who is an amazing photographer (check out her website here) and asked for recommendations on a new “Fall” feeling location.  She mentioned that she also wanted to get some Fall pictures of her kids too.  We set up to go out together and get some shots.  We had a great time and the kids did well for letting us take pictures of them in 90-degree weather.

I also adore fall attire with boots, warmer tones, and sweaters.  I found my girls’ dresses at Target.  Let me just say that OshKosh has some seriously cute fall clothing out right now.  Definitely check them out on your next trip in.

Links below to check out these adorable dresses:

Toddler Short Sleeve Fox dress

Girl’s Wide Sleeve Green Dress

Here’s to a new change of scenery and cooler temperatures!  I am looking forward to shooting more fall-themed pictures and hope that you’ll come back to check them out.

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Location and headshot ideas…

I recently had the opportunity to take some headshots of my husband’s cousin Samantha. She writes for the wellness section of a blog called Sky Braun. She needed some headshots and pictures for the site. She wanted them to feel relaxed and approachable.  Here are some of the shots.

Here are some headshot locations and ideas:

Locations: Typically with it being a head shot you can get away with a simple background because the focus is from the shoulders up, but if they need some full body shots in as well then these locations are great.

  • a local library
  • a farmers market
  • beach
  • hiking or bike path
  • garden
  • downtown for more of an urban feel

Ideas: I would suggest gearing your pictures towards what your client needs. With Samantha she needed some shots that felt approachable and casual. We both loved the idea of the beach and I brought along a sweater made of cozy material and a white blanket. These props weren’t the main focus but gave the pictures a relaxed natural feel. Here are some other ideas:

  • Brick background with glasses or books
  • yoga mat and a garden background
  • at a kitchen island with cooking props

Like I said above, since the idea is to have the main focus from the shoulder up props are not always necessary but they can help bring variety.

Do you like to add a few props or subtle extras to make a headshot unique?