a collage of three fall engagement images
As the leaves change color and the weather starts to get cooler, it’s time to go all in on fall mini sessions. These sessions are a great way to get new clients and boost your income even as the slow season starts to set in. People are also more likely to be in the mood for portraits sessions during the fall, as the holidays are fast approaching. From cozy autumnal scenes to festive holiday shots – this blog post is packed with fall mini session ideas that will help you create images your clients will love. So pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee (or hot cocoa or pumpkin spiced latte – we don’t judge), and get ready to dig into these photography tips! Also, don’t forget to check out our tips on fall mini session templates to get you started. 

Fall Mini Session Photography Ideas

1. Capture The Colors Of Fall

a couple standing in the middle of the road kissing holding their pet dog
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @looyengaphoto

Whether you’re prepping for fall mini sessions 2022 or creating a game plan for the next few years, a photo shoot idea that involves showcasing the colors of fall is an absolute classic. The greens slowly turn to bright reds and yellows, and depending on where you live, some places actually look like they belong in a fairy tale. With so many colors available naturally, mini sessions during fall are a great time to experiment with color in your photos. If your clients don’t know where to go for their mini session, suggest places like parks, gardens, fields, or even forests! Since nature is in all its autumn glory during this season, take advantage of the beautiful outdoors to get some great quintessentially fall-inspired photos. 

Related Read: Outdoor Wedding And Engagement Photography For Inspiration

2. Get Cozy!

a couple smiling while the groom hugging the bride from behind
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @brandiallysephoto

Fall is also the perfect time to capture some casual, fun photos of couples enjoying the weather. The cool air is perfect for snuggling, and if you are outdoors, the colorful leaves make for a beautiful backdrop. Advise your couples to pick outfits (and colors) that align with fall. If you are indoors, think of it as a cozy fall mini session that allows you to capture “the joy of being indoors” when it’s starting to get cold outside. Maybe even have your couple sip on some tea, or, yes, you guessed it, some pumpkin spiced latte! In case you are shooting at their home, just ask them to snuggle up on the sofa with their favorite blanket. For couples who don’t want anything extravagant for their fall mini session, these no-frills, no-stress ideas are the way to go.

3. Spooky Season Vibes

a couple sitting on the pavement with the bride leaning on the groom's shoulder
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @flavio_d_photography

Halloween is one of the most-awaited celebrations, so if your couple is up for it, why not incorporate some Halloween-themed elements into their fall photography mini session? For this fall mini session setup, you can request your clients to dress up in halloween costumes or simply use Halloween-themed props. Capturing the spirit of Halloween in your photos is definitely going to be a hit with clients who look forward to the spooky season. From hay bales and pumpkins to fall leaves and scarecrows, there are endless possibilities when it comes to incorporating Halloween props into your photos.

4. Fall Mini Sessions And Romance

a couple kissing embracing each other amidst foliage
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Besides welcoming a new season, don’t forget that even fall is a season to celebrate the love in the air. With the landscapes and natural surroundings looking so picture-perfect, a fall mini session is also a great opportunity to take some super romantic photos of your couple. As far as outfits are concerned, they could pick whatever makes them feel comfortable. The key is to capture their chemistry and connection. If you are outside, we’d also highly recommend that you make use of any nearby trees or bushes to create some natural framing and add more color to your photos. You could also ask your couple if they’d like to start a leaf fight. And if they happen to agree, you are surely going to get some rad candids!

Suggested Read: Must-Have Cute Couple Poses To Include In Your Shot List

5. Family Mini Sessions

With the holidays just around the corner, fall is also the perfect time to capture cherished family memories. Market them in the right way and watch your clientele expand and your income go up. You might be an engagement and wedding photographer, but photographing families is a great way to diversify your portfolio and services. If they don’t already have a location in mind, you could suggest some brilliant outdoor spots if they are up for it. Plus, being outdoors is the best when there are kids involved. A park or a field, or even the beach could work. From formal family portraits to candid moments, there are endless possibilities when it comes to photographing families during the fall. Remember that the key to taking top-notch family photos is to capture moments that showcase their authentic family bond.  

How To Make Fall Mini Session Templates

infographic stating create attractive and informative fall mini session templates 
  1. Use online apps: Start by creating a template in Photoshop or Canva. You’ll want to include fall-themed elements like pumpkins, leaves, and fall colors. You can also add text overlays with session details like date, time, and location. You can also include your fall mini session photography prices in this template.

  2. Save your design: Once you have your template designed, save it as a JPEG or PNG file. Then, upload it to an online printing service. From there, you can order prints in any size that you need.

  3. Hit send: Send your fall mini session templates to your clients via email or share them through your social media. Be sure to include all the important details like date, time, price, and how to book. And that’s it! With a little planning and some creative marketing, you can make fall mini photo sessions a success!

Related Read: How Photographers Can Create Wedding Day Timeline Templates

Fall Mini Session Advertisement & Marketing Tips 

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You can offer fall mini session packages that include a certain number of digital images or prints and also add-on products such as custom-designed holiday cards. Here are a few tips for marketing your fall mini sessions:

1. Promote in advance: Start promoting your fall mini sessions early. Begin by sending out a save-the-date card or email blast to your past and current clients.

2. Use your website: Create a special mini session landing page on your website. This should include information about the pricing and packages offered, as well as some beautiful fall photos that you’ve taken yourself.

3. Post on socials: Use social media to reach even more people. Create eye-catching graphics and use relevant hashtags to promote your mini sessions on Instagram and Facebook.

Further Read: How To Make More Money: Quickly Book Mini Sessions

Fall mini sessions are a great way for you to boost your income and attract new clients. It is an incredibly popular time for portraits, thanks to the beautiful fall colors and the perfect weather for outdoor shoots. Not only will you be able to sell fall-themed products such as holiday cards and calendars, but you’ll also be able to attract new clients who are looking for a professional photographer to capture their fall memories. And who knows, you might even end up booking more engagement and wedding clients! We know that you might still be in the middle of photographing weddings, but with just a little bit of planning, mini sessions could be an amazing way to earn more money without using too much of your time.

At ShootDotEdit, we are passionate about helping you grow your wedding photography business. A part of how we do that is by lessening your post-production workload with our professional photo editing services. To learn more about how we can help your wedding photography business, check out our pricing plans.

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