With fall officially here, there is a certain magic hanging in the air. In the Cape, we are usually blessed with some gorgeous warm and sunny days, in between the cooler and sometimes wet days. While some areas remain green throughout the year, this season is clearly marked with the changing color of leaves as vineyards and tree lined roads become a celebration of color, which creates such a lovely backdrop for any and all photo sessions. Additionally, with the cooler weather, more people are spending time indoors, which means more space available for your shoot!
If you are considering having your photos taken in this season or the next, here are some of my tips to ensure you get the most out of your session:
- First and foremost, dress warmly! While we can definitely experience all 4 seasons in one day, I would recommend layering your clothes than dressing too coolly. As nice as short sleeves and thin fabrics may look, the discomfort will be felt and reflect in your photos. Also, there’s nothing more warming to the heart than to see a family or couple all snuggled up in jerseys and boots! Think beanies, scarves, jackets, or a nice shawl in rich vibrant colors.
- Sunscreen is a must. Even with the cooler temperatures, our sun can still be quite warm and your skin should be protected.
- The weather app will be your friend. Our beautiful Cape Town weather can be unpredictable at times, so checking the weather (which your photographer should do as well) is vital.
- Be flexible. Having said that, with the weather changing rapidly, sometimes being patient for an hour or two can make all the difference in the world. And sometimes it may also mean braving the wind. Naturally, your health and safety will be taken into consideration here, but working with the weather you have been given on the day may surprise you with some amazing images!
- The time of day makes all the difference. In winter, we have later sunrises and earlier sunsets, which provide us with that beautiful golden light. However, the light we also get during the middle of the day can be very sharp and create alot of contrast. Try to plan your sessions around early morning or late afternoon to ensure the best quality of light for your images.
- BONUS TIP: Pack some tea, coffee or hot chocolate to enjoy after or even during your session! Blankets are a great add-on as well, and can make some super cute images.
With these tips in mind, I hope that you will take the plunge and feel confident to plan your photo session at any time of the year! Trust me, you will not regret it.