Fall in Florida anyone? It’s a total vibe here! Even though it’s still hot it’s not summertime hot plus you can do and attend all the fall activities! I wanted to do a fun fall-inspired photoshoot to start a tradition of one of many photoshoots Michael and I would do together as a family. It’s no secret if you know me that I love taking pictures. For our first Christmas as Mr & Mrs, we did a Christmas home photoshoot with the tripod so I wanted something different. So I suggested doing a picnic-style with pizza and wine because wine not? We reached out to our friend and photographer Ralph Raphael and he loved the idea as well! LOL!
Fun fact, when Michael and I were dating we always had Pizza Night Fridays from one of hands-down the best pizza in Florida called Mama Mia’s Trattoria in West Boynton Beach. Every Friday, we would order pizza to-go and relax at home after a long week of work. I don’t know how they make their pizza but it tastes like it was imported straight from NY. Yes, it’s that delicious! So of course, I jumped on the idea of feeding each other pizza and we decided to do the photoshoot at Robbins Lodge in Davie which has a rustic like feel with open fields of greenery and trees.
The props I used to bring this session together were mini pumpkins, wooden baskets, pillows, throw blankets, eucalyptus flowers, and wooden tree bark to serve the wine. Our wine glasses were from Crate & Barrel. Some other suggestions to add would have been a colorful rug, vintage truck, or replace pizza for a charcuterie board.
Everything I used was from Homegoods and Trader Joe’s so it was very manageable to get all the items I needed. Most of my inspiration came from Pinterest and I created a mood board as a guide for what I wanted it to look like. I definitely recommend doing this so you can get a visual of the colors and theme for your shoot. Pro tip: finding the right photographer that you love, their style and quality is key to having the esthetic you are aiming for! After purchasing all the items I also looked up poses and pictures of couples to recreate.
Something to consider would be the time of day and weather for your session. Even though the weather is out of our control it’s still good to track what the weather will be like so you are prepared ahead and always have a plan B. It was supposed to rain the day of our shoot, but thankfully, it ended up being a beautiful evening with mixed sun and clouds. A perfect golden hour session but I can’t lie it was HOT like HOT HOT. To the point that we were both sweating and good thing, I brought my mini handheld fan because at one point we were both drenched in sweat LOL!
We did the session at the end of September to have the photos ready to post in October. My recommendation if you’ll be doing a fall photoshoot is to wait till October or November once the weather is a little slightly cooler than feeling like 100 degrees out LOL! I promised Michael to never do an outside photoshoot that time of year again. Besides, the heat we had such a fun and silly time together! We always feel so comfortable with Ralph even too comfortable at times LOL!
This session was everything I imagined and loved how the photos came out! Our outfits were also handpicked ahead of time to match our color palette. My dress was from Francesca’s and Michael’s denim long sleeve was from Gap. This would also be a great idea for an engagement or proposal session! I’ve got to say besides our wedding photos these are my favorite yet because we got to be our true selves and had so much fun!
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