This weekend marks the beginning of my favorite season, autumn.
I love fall. I love fall food; I love fall holidays; I love fall weather–that little nip in the air and the way it’s not so hot in the afternoons, but it’s not cool yet; and, of course, I love fall colors. As a photographer it’s such a fun season to be out exploring with the camera. All those beautiful trees and leaves. I’d love to tell you that I’ll be out this weekend, finding and photographing fall foliage in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, but right now all the roads to my favorite places are still impassable due to our flooding. I may have to get really creative this year–or settle for the trees at the park, though I do hope it doesn’t come to that.
In honor of the season, though, I found this nifty guide to fall foliage, what makes those beautiful colors and what we get to do when all those beautiful leaves finally start falling off the trees.
In addition to loving the fall foliage and getting out there to photograph it, fall is also an awesome time for family photos. The backdrops are all beautiful and the weather really is about perfect for portraits. It’s not so cold yet that you have to wear a parka, but it’s not so hot that you’re all sweaty in your pictures. If you’re starting to think about Christmas card photos, now’s the time to get out there. If you need some help figuring it out here’s a post on Fall Family Portraits I wrote a couple of years ago that has all kinds of great portrait tips, no matter the time of year.
And if you’re more inclined to photograph the leaves than the people, here are some of my tried-and-true tips for having a great time with your camera this fall.
So, how do you celebrate fall? I’d love to hear ideas and comments below. And if you know of some great places for fall photography in Colorado, I’d love to hear those, too.