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Let's just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of autumn. The air feels crisper, the leaves are bursting with vibrant colours, and our hearts fill with warmth. It’s the perfect time of year to capture some beautiful family memories with your kids. And as a family photographer in Bedford, I've got your back – I’ve put together some handy tips to help you have a fun and unforgettable autumn photoshoot!

A family enjoying an autumn photography shoot in Bedford with Tara Gillen Photography

Planning and Preparation

To make sure everything goes off without a hitch, plan out all the details of your photoshoot in advance (seriously, you'll thank me later for avoiding any last-minute panic!) Choose a location with your photographer, coordinate outfits, and gather any props you might want to use.

If you have young children or pets joining in on the fun, plan some engaging activities or games to keep them entertained throughout the shoot (I’ve shared a few of my favs below). And most importantly, encourage your family to have fun and be themselves - because that's when the true magic happens!

Make the most of Autumn

Let's make the most of everything autumn has to offer! The lighting and colours during this season are breathtaking so I recommend scheduling your shoot around an hour before sunset – that's when you'll have the best chance of capturing the golden, magical glow in your photos.

And why not plan a fun autumn activity to keep your family entertained during the shoot? Play in a pile of leaves, take a stroll through the woods, go apple picking, or even toast marshmallows in the garden. These activities not only make the most of your photoshoot but also infuse your pictures with a playful, adventurous spirit that reflects the unique personalities within your family.

Location, Location, Location

Bedford offers some ideal spots that truly capture the essence of the season. Bedford Park is absolutely gorgeous, with its stunning autumn colours and a play park for the kids to burn off some energy. Plus, there's a lovely cafe where you can grab a hot chocolate before heading home!

Another great option is Priory Country Park, with its magical winding paths, wildlife spotting opportunities, and beautiful wood carvings around the lake.

And of course, we can't forget about Bedford River. The tree-lined embankment is a sight to behold in autumn, with leaves in every colour imaginable. Plus, there's a cafe where you can sit and enjoy a treat after your photoshoot. Who doesn't love that?

A family enjoying an autumn photography shoot in Bedford with Tara Gillen Photography

What to Wear

Time to embrace the cosy autumn vibes! Autumn is all about those warm and earthy tones that complement the gorgeous scenery around us. So, think deep oranges, burgundies, creams and rustic browns. Mix and match patterns and textures to add interest to your ensemble, and don't forget the autumn-themed accessories; scarves, hats, and boots will definitely add that extra touch of autumn charm!

Well Rested and Well Fed

We all know that hunger-induced crankiness is not a good look for anyone, right? Make sure everyone gets a good night's sleep and enjoys some tasty treats before the photoshoot. A well-rested and well-fed family means happier smiles and lots more fun!

Crazy Kids? No Problem!

Kids can be shy or full of energy, and that's okay! If your little ones are being mischievous, embrace their wild sides and capture their true personalities! Let them be themselves, and trust me, those unique and authentic moments will be one’s you’ll treasure forever.

Leave the cheese at home

Say cheese? Nah. Instead of forcing stiff poses and fake smiles, let's capture the authentic, heart-warming moments that define your unique connection as a family. Remember, this isn't just a photoshoot – it's quality time with your family. Interact with each other, laugh, joke, embrace, play, and snuggle up together. Trust me, these natural shots will be your absolute favourites!

Don't Worry if it Rains

If it rains, no worries! Rain can actually enhance the colours of autumn. Instead of running for cover, embrace the raindrops! Grab your colourful umbrellas, put on your wellies, and dance, splash, and have the time of your lives! Trust me, these playful photos will be absolutely magical.

So, there you have it! Let's capture those unforgettable family moments and make this season one to remember. Get in touch with me, and let's start planning your fun-filled autumnal photoshoot in beautiful Bedford!


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