Fall Garden Family Session

My specialty is photographing babies in the studio, but when a baby’s mid-year or one year milestone session lands in September/October/November we photograph outside, as in this fall garden family session! The Fall leaves changing color are absolutely beautiful and photographing in our local horticultural garden is a client favorite. Plus families love to purchase holiday cards and mini accordion albums from their session. They make great gifts that are easy for clients to send in the mail!

The mother found me online and commissioned a session to document their time in the first town their daughter lived in. They were moving soon and wanted a solid family portrait and some candid moments. I photographed most of the session with my Nikon D810 and Nikkor 85mm 1.4 (affiliate links) but needed to get in a bit closer for baby’s solo images. For those I used the Nikkor 50mm 1.4 (affiliate link) to get close enough to interact but not make her feel crowded.


Session planning always begins at the pre-session consultation at the studio. I’ve found clients really appreciate guidelines and help when choosing clothing so we walk through clothing choices together.

I recommend that clients dress in colors they like to decorate with in their homes so that the portraits will add to and blend with their home decor.

Since this family was moving soon and redoing their décor, we instead focused on timeless colors that complement the changing leaves.




Every week during Fall it seems a different tree is changing colors so I like to keep a reference log as to when each tree changed so I can schedule families accordingly in the following years. I do the same for Spring flowers and it greatly helps when recommending specific clothing colors to coordinate with the scenery.

Outdoor Fall family sessions are a joy to photograph. The changing colors and pleasant weather make for lovely portraits!


Kara_Webb_by_LeahCookPhotography3Kara Webb is the award-winning artist behind Simply Heaven Photography, a boutique studio located in historic Southern Pines, North Carolina.  She documents the first years of her client’s lives with her signature relationship-based style. She is passionate about fostering a positive community within the photography industry and is a proud member and the Director of Education for NAPCP (National Association of Professional Child Photographers). In her spare timeb you can find her listening to audiobooks, playing with her family, or trying new recipes from the Clean Eating movement.

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