Autumn’s not just the season for pumpkin spice lattes and chunky sweaters. In the wedding world, it’s also prime time for outdoor engagement photos. And it’s no wonder: Leaves are turning crimson and gold, the light is soft and filtered and the mild chill in the air is just right for cute, cozy clothes and sweet fall activities like apple picking and hay rides. Here are our tips for taking perfectly awesome autumn engagement photos.
What to wear:
- Layer colorful jewel tones and subtle patterns and textures, but leave the large, graphic prints at home. You want your photos to capture your love, not your outfits. (Then again, if bold leopard print is your thing, wear it loud and proud!).
- Go easy on the jewelry to let your engagement ring shine, and instead accessorize with cozy scarves, a soft cardigan and a cute hat.
- Having a casual dress and a couple different tees on hand lets you switch things up without major outfit changes. Or simply add or remove a cardigan or swap out your scarves for a new look.
- Booties and wedges are trendy, but flats and tall boots are timeless – and a lot more comfortable for playing outdoors!
- For guys, start with the classic combo of a plaid shirt and jeans, and add a puffy vest or sweater for variety.
What to bring:
- Quilt or blanket. Perfect for cuddling and picnicking. Or hang out in a hammock like this cute couple.
- Vintage bicycles, cars, Airstreams, etc. Borrow a retro prop from a friend or family member so you can take a bike ride for two or hop up on the tailgate for cute photo ops.
- Signs. String up a banner with your wedding date, hold an ampersand between the two of you, ink a cute message on a pumpkin – get creative. Browse Etsy for ideas.
- Activities. Head to an apple orchard, pumpkin patch, vineyard or farm for loads of fun photo opportunities. Other sites with scenic interest include bridges, waterfalls, lakes, train tracks and woodsy campgrounds.
- Sweets. Share a cup of hot cocoa or toast marshmallows over a campfire while wrapped up in a warm blanket.
- Pets. Is your dog part of the family? Bring your furry pal along for the shoot like this Oregon couple did.
Most importantly, relax and have fun! Adorable props aside, it’s the candid moments that tend to turn out best. Be natural, and it will come across on camera. Look at your engagement session as a grown-up field trip with your fiancee – your photographer just happens to be along to capture it.