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Picking the Perfect Palette for Your Fall Session

Autumn. The smell of crisp leaves is in the air, pumpkin spice flows in your veins, and (for the most part) the breeze carries just the right amount of chill.

I’m sure you have some beautiful imagery that fills your mind when you think of autumn, don’t you? How can you not, what with changing leaves everywhere you look and comfy sweaters encompassing your whole wardrobe? Fall is most definitely my favorite time of the year, and it is one of the most gorgeous times to get memorable photos. If you have a photography session planned for this time of year and you’ve yet to fully decide on what to wear, let’s see if I can offer some inspiration!

When coordinating the perfect outfit, I like to think of it as picking out the perfect palette for a painting. As an artist, I tend to think in terms of color—and that actually translates really well into photography, too. Photography is most certainly an art, since its true definition is “painting with light”. So, when you envision your dream photos, what colors do you envision for your “canvas”?

If you’re more into a moody, dramatic vibe for your photography session, then let’s look at the fall leaves for your inspiration. Rich crimson and burnt orange as accents, with deep green or plum as the unifying color: this makes a decidedly moody, Fall palette that will look absolutely beautiful on film. The way that film photography really pulls out rich colors and deepens contrast is absolutely perfect for this kind of moody palette.

And if burnt orange isn’t really your thing, then you can always swap that accent color for a mustard yellow

Now, if moody is not the exact look you’re hoping for and you want something more bright and eye-catching, then I suggest taking light turquoise or vibrant blues and pairing them with gentle lavenders or lilac shades. These tones still have a somewhat autumn vibe, with the purples acting as subtle indicators to the season, but they are still decidedly fun and happy--and they will really pop if we have a backdrop of changing autumn leaves.

With your colors down pat, remember to accessorize, too! Items like chunky scarves, boot socks, and watches or leather cuffs all translate really well on camera. But in the midst of all of worry of what to wear, remember one thing: be yourselves. I truly mean it! At Ink-stained, it’s my desire to capture you in your element, to have you relaxed and yourself in front of the lens. Don’t worry too much about dressing or looking any certain way; just come in whatever makes you feel most like you.

I promise you that will result in the most beautiful film captures of all.

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