How to Capture Your Best Fall Inspired Family Photos

Fall is a great time to capture a few family photos; the weather is cool, and the backdrop and landscape comes in an array of bright colors. Here are a few tips to help you capture your best fall inspired family photos.

Think outside the box – capture all Fall activities, not just pumpkin picking. There are so many fun activities you have planned this fall; try capturing those to create unique images. Here are a few ideas: puddle jumping, leaf peeping, soccer games, fall hikes, corn mazes, family camping trips etc. 

Shoot in landscape – make sure to turn your phone! When capturing images I recommend shooting in landscape. This allows you to capture not only your subject but all the greatness around them.  It will help set the scene and lend to the story that’s taking place. Also, shooting in landscape will help keep your image in perspective.

Keep light in mind. Fall light can be much different from other seasons. It’s often warmer in terms of tones, so shooting prior to sunset is the best time to capture your images. Don’t forget sunset it much earlier these days as the days are shorter.

Ditch posed and planned images and capture candids.
Planned and posed images are great, but capturing your subject in the moment is even better. It tells so much more of story, providing you with a way to remember that moment beyond the photo.

Use the landscape as your background. Don’t stress too much about what is happening in the background. Fall is one of the most colorful seasons, capture that beauty as well. This is another reason why you shoot in landscape. You’ll capture your subject PLUS all the beauty this season has to offer.

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Refer Your Friends and Family and Receive Credit at Courtney Lewis Photography

Nothing makes me happier than a client telling me how much they love their images from their portrait session, but I love it even more when they tell others!

To show my appreciation and give back to my loyal clients I’ve started a new client referral program to reward my clients. Joining the program is simple. All you have to do is refer me a NEW client and you’ll receive $25 towards your next session with me (applicable towards the session fee only, deposit still required prior to booking) or to use in addition to the print credit.

All new clients will receive $25 gift credit and 8×10 print just for being new to the CLP family.

As a loyal client of Courtney Lewis Photography you may stack up the referrals to earn a free session and/ or print products! There is no limit to the amount of referral credits you can earn. However, all credits need to be redeemed annually, within on year of receiving them.

Here are the rules:

  • To be eligible to receive a referral credit you must have had at least one previous session with me.
  • Referral money can only be used as credit towards future sessions or as a print credit.
  • Referral money is not transferable it can only be used by you.
  • There is no cap on the amount of referral credit you can receive. Refer as many people as you like!
  • You will receive referral credit after the referral session is fully paid.
  • If your referral books and cancels unfortunately, you will not receive credit.
  • Your referral will need to let us know at time of booking that you referred them.
  • If two clients refer one person then the first name given receives the referral credit.
  • Credits need to be redeemed on an annual basis or they will be forfeited.

Venue: Boothe Memorial Park, Stratford, Connecticut

Family Portraits at Blue Jay Orchards, Bethel, CT

This year Courtney Lewis Photography held its annual orchard portrait sessions at Blue Jay Orchard’s in Bethel, Connecticut. Blue Jay’s is such a great orchard and one I have visited as a child. Being there brought back many childhood memories. There are rows upon rows of trees to pick from, huge barrels that allow you to grab and go, and also plenty of tractors ready to give you a tour of the orchard.

Featured in today’s post is Raquel and Mia, who came ready in their best fall outfits. During their session we enjoyed moments of apple picking, walking through the orchards and even sampling a few of the apples!

Visiting the orchard for our annual portrait sessions is one of my favorite things to do throughout the year and look forward to it! Check out a few of last year’s posts that took place at Beardsley’ Cider Mill and Orchard in Shelton, Connecticut 

Venue: Blue Jay Orchards Bethel, Connecticut

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Annual Holiday Card Session

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It’s not too early to book your holiday portrait session. This season I will be offering special packages that include only digital prints only, that way you can choose the card printer of your choice. Check out the details below and email me to book your session today!

Holiday Portrait Sessions 
30 minutes shooting time
1 Location of your choice within Fairfield County, CT
10 images for digital download
Includes up to 4 people

Venue: Trumbull Historical Society Trumbull, Connecticut

The Year in Review

I cannot believe that 2018 is coming to a close in just a few short days. It’s true the older you get the faster time goes by. With that in mind, I thought I would take a moment and reflect on all the I have accomplished this year.

2018 was HUGE for me in terms of photography. For years, I struggled with finding a niche, really narrowing it down to what type of photography I really wanted to dive into and give my all. But throughout this year I found that I really do enjoy capturing people and documenting their smiles. And although I found my niche there is still so much more work to be done, skills to be learned, and practice to be had. But overall I’m excited to see what 2019 has in store for me and my business and I look forward to growing and improving.

Wishing all my clients the happiest of New Years.

Check out a few of the best images from 2018.

Venues featured :
Boothe Memorial Park, Stratford, Connecticut
Walnut Beach, Milford, Connecticut
The Seawall, Stratford, Connecticut
Beardsley Cider Mill and Orchard, Shelton, Connecticut


Sandin Family Session at Beardsley’s Orchard and Cider Mill, Shelton, CT

Fall arrived so quickly this year. It seems as though it gets shorter and shorter every year which is disappointing as Fall is one of my favorite seasons. When planning ideas of Fall mini sessions I decided to host them at a local orchard. What’s better than hot apple cider, warm cider donuts, and views of endless rows of sweet bright red apples? I hosted three families at Beardsley’s Orchards and Cider Mill in Shelton, CT.

We had tons of fun shooting the kids running around, sampling some of the apples, and overall enjoying the orchard. We managed to squeeze in a few posed shots! Here are a few images from the Sandin Family! Click here to view the full gallery.

Venue: Beardsley Orchard and Cider Mill, Shelton, Connecticut

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Tim’s Family Session at Beardsley’s Orchard and Cider Mill, Shelton, CT

Fall is finally begining to settle in here in New England. My goal for next year is to offer my clients more styled shoots and I thought starting this Fall would be a great oppourtunity to try this new concept out. I offered Fall inspired mini sessions held at Beardsley Orchard and Cider Mill this first go around. It was great to see everyone come dressed in some of their Fall bests! Children had the chance to pick their own apples and fill baskets we could use during the shoot. Beardsley is a beautiful apple orchard located in Shelton, CT. They offer several apple varieties, ciders, and of course cider donuts all sold on site in their farm store. If your local or in the area I highly recommend stoping in a visiting them!

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing galleries that took place at Beardsley. Enjoy the gallery below of the Tims’ family. Full gallery coming soon!

Venue: Beardsley Orchard and Cider Mill





Tips on What to Wear for your Portrait Session

I have to say one of my most common questions prior to a portrait session is “What should I wear?” Below I’ve outline my top 5 tips to help you prep for session. Give them a read and comment if you have any tips I should add and expand on!

  • Consider your location
    When choosing what to wear it’s important to consider the location of your session. It’s best to think of the potential backdrops you’re images will have. For example are you going to be at a busy apple orchard or a beach. If you are having your portraits taken at a location where there are a ton of different backdrop options wearing neutral colors is the way to go, but wearing patterns can distract from the main focus of the photo.
  • Choose timeless clothing
    Stay away from trendy clothing options…unless you plan on having portraits done more than once a year. Don’t get me wrong having a fun creative photo session is a great idea and lots of fun! But you have keep in mind your plans for the final images. For example, am I going to display this in my home or is this just for fun? Wearing timeless clothing will most likely lead to you wanting to display images from your session year after year.
  • Choose an outfit you feel most confident in.
    When you’re wearing an outfit that makes you feel good it’s displayed through your confidence. It’ll be easier to pose and smile for the camera if you’re not worried about what your wearing!
  • Coordinate but don’t match.
    I always think that some of the best photos are the ones where everyone is wearing something from the same color scheme. Choose a few colors and pick items that will match the scheme.
  • Ask your photographer!
    My last tip in planning your photo session is work with your photographer. Yes, they are there to take your photos and make sure they are everything you expect. However, part of that process is making sure you have everything you need prior to start of your session.

Venue: Walnut Beach, Milford, Connecticut

A Fall Engagement Session with Chris and Tara at Blue Jay Orchards in Bethel, Connecticut

Tara and Chris were excited about their upcoming nuptials and decided to have a quick mini engagement session. Since Fall was in the air they choose Blue Jay Orchards in Bethel, CT as their backdrop.

We met on a dreary Fall afternoon but the seasonal colors help make for bright and airy photos. Check back soon for the wedding post! See below for the full gallery.

Venue: Blue Jay Orchards Bethel, Connecticut


Late Summer Family Portrait Session with the Johnson’s at The Seawall in Stratford, Connecticut

The Johnson family are avid beach goers and love the summer! When planing their session a beach location was required and I was happy to oblige as I too love the beach. I decided on shooting at The Seawall in Stratford, CT; it’s  mostly beach but also a great walking spot right on the Long Island Sound. A great place to stick your toes in the sand while embracing the seabreeze AND it’s also a great spot for a photo shoot!

Venue: The Seawall, Stratford, Connecticut

My First Family Portrait Session at Edgewood Park, New Haven, Connecticut

Just sharing some cute pics from one of my first sessions in beautiful Edgewood Park in New Haven. This is hands down one of my favorites places to shoot, especially in the spring. This park is massive, so big sometimes you have to drive to switch up locations, but there is so much variety it’s worth it. And the best part is during the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, you get some of the best spring images.

Venue: Edgewood Park, New Haven, Connecticut