Fall is hands down my favorite season. The weather, the food, the fashion, the colors, the holidays - I look forward to the leaves changing each year.
I'm all about taking advantage of everything fall has to offer - so when Giulia from Palm Trees and Pellegrino wanted to do a pumpkin patch shoot with Emma of Emma's Edition and Marellen from MARELLEN, of course I said yes!
We had an absolute blast, so today I want to share some pro tips on making sure everyone can have a smashing gourd time taking pictures at the pumpkin patch!
#1 - check the weather
Overcast and dry weather is ideal for a pumpkin patch shoot. Avoid rainy days as that will only mean tromping through mud. When we visited the Carpinito Bros Pumpkin Patch, the weather traded off between soft and cloudy light, and harsh direct sunlight (typical PNW weather). If you are shooting in direct sunlight, make sure you’re shooting with your subject’s back to the sun to avoid harsh shadows on their face.
#2 - brings friends or family along
Nothing is more fun than a day at the pumpkin patch with those closest to you! Gather your friends for a girl’s (or guy’s) day out, or your family for a fall themed family photo.
#3 - plan your outfit accordingly
Plan out your color palette ahead of time, especially if you’re going with friends so you make sure you don’t clash or get too matchy matchy. For our shoot, we went with a classic, muted fall palette with chunky knits, tall boots, and felted hats.
Also make sure your outfit is pumpkin patch appropriate – no stiletto heels, white pants, or long coats, as these will immediately get dirty/stuck in the ground.
#4 - get pinspired for poses
Make sure to research poses before you go and create a plan to reach your posing goal. Giulia was inspired to find the biggest pumpkin in the patch to make her autumn throne, and we knew we wanted to get a perfect shot of the trio walking arm in arm down the patch path. But don’t limit yourself to what you find on Pinterest – don’t be afraid to get creative and even a little silly (like Marellen really feeling her pumpkin) because come on – you’re at a pumpkin patch!
#5 - use (unconventional) props
Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty while at the patch! Get in a wheel barrow, pick up a pumpkin (or two or three), or enjoy some homemade kettle corn.
#6 - the pumpkin patch is your oyster
Jump on the hay ride, go into the corn maze, check out the fresh vegetables and plan out your dinner! Pumpkin patches are all unique and full of hidden gems, so make sure to explore.
I hope you all get to a pumpkin patch this season!
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Karya Schanilec is a Seattle based photographer specializing in fashion, portrait, and performance photography.