I think it is safe to say that Autumn is well and truly in full swing. The trees have all started to change colour, my hydrangeas have turned a mottled green and our house has turned into a scene from Jumanji as all the eight legged beasts* try and find a winter hide out.
* A quick note too all the arachnids out there: We DO NOT offer winter (or summer) boarding. Kindly find somewhere else to make camp. Preferably somewhere that I cannot see you. Thank you kindly.
I love Autumn…
Autumn is my favourite season for so many reasons; pumpkin spice lattes, chunky knit jumpers, boots, cozy evenings. My list goes on. Part of my love for autumn is the change in my approach to photography. The Spring and Summer are all about bright colours, especially pinks and yellows, perhaps some blues. Autumn is the start of slightly darker oranges and reds. Of course my house hasn’t changed. I still have a white table and grey rug. I still have all the same settings and back grounds. To help style my autumnal Instagram photos I use lots of props. Whilst many of them are free, they are all cheap and easy to obtain.
Leaves are possibly the easiest prop to come by. They are everywhere! And they come in lots of different and changing colours.
Also known as horse chestnuts, these are quite hard to come by in my area. All the kids want them to play conkers at school. I have managed to beat the local kids to a few which a currently drying out.
I seem to find these all year round but they are particularly abundant during the autumn months. Last year I even painted some to help with more festive photos.
Tartan anything really. Ideally brown for autumn but I only have a red tartan scarf and in the interest of frugality I refuse to buy a brown tartan scarf just for Instagram… It is tempting but the red still works well.
Three bark is the perfect colour for autumn photos and it adds a beautiful texture so that the scene doesn’t look too flat.
The candles don’t actually even have to be lit to give off a feeling of warmth. It is something about the association of the flame that helps create that feeling anyway.
Who doesn’t like fairy lights? I think I miss these the most during the summer months. They just don’t have the same effect during the bright days and long evenings.
It is pumpkin season! I love these orange balls of beauty. The best thing about pumpkins is they come in so many different sizes. You don’t have to have the giant ones. A small pumpkin can be the perfect addition to a flatlay. And they can be painted if you didn’t want them carved.
Red Hypericum Berries
These little berries are just gorgeous and can be found in most autumn theme bouquets of flowers at the moment.
Naturally flowers aren’t exactly in season at the moment, which is a shame as I love taking pictures with flowers in them. My way around this has been to press as many of my favourites as I can. Now I have lots of red and orange petals to use as props.
Autumnal photos are all about texture for me so adding many of these props helps create depth and feeling to any type of photo including flat lays.