How to Score a Coveted Fall Foliage Photo Session | Sudbury Family Photographer

Family of four from Sudbury on a leaf covered lawn with bright foliage behind them during their family photo session. They booked almost a year ahead of time to score this prime foliage spot! Metrowest Boston families: how to score a fall foliage family photography session.

As I write this, fall is officially here in full force! The world outside my windows is orange, red, and gold, and I had the best foliage session with my friend Sarah (of Owen + Sage) and her family over the weekend. So many families want these coveted fall sessions on the weekends, but they’re extremely limited.

So what’s the secret to getting one of these coveted fall dates?

Sudbury family of four (one baby boy, one toddler boy) holding hands and walking over a bridge beneath beautiful, bright foliage in October. Massachusetts families should book as early as possible in order to get family photography spots in the fall.
3-year-old and 1-year-old brothers sitting under a brightly colored tree in the fall during their family photography session in Sudbury.

Before I tell you the key to scoring one of these dates, let me tell you: as a Boston family photographer, I get so many inquiries in September and October.

By then, not only is my calendar completely full, but all of my fellow photographers’ spots are filled as well—so I can’t even refer you on! With that being said, the very simple key to getting a prime fall photo session spot is this:

Sudbury family standing on a bridge, framed by bright gold and orange fall foliage. Boston family photographer’s secret to getting a coveted fall foliage session during the busiest season of the year.

Book WAY in advance!

Between Thanksgiving and the new year, I invite everyone on my newsletter list to book for the following year. That’s when Sarah booked her mid-October session, and that’s how she scored photos with this incredible foliage.

A beautiful family of four from Sudbury sitting beneath a bright colored tree during the busy fall family photography season. Mom and dad are smiling and almost kissing. Their sons are smiling at each other.

Of course, we can’t predict what the foliage will be doing. This year, it’s been brilliant and it arrived right on time, just before Columbus Day. That being said, some years it’s earlier and some years it’s way later. But as a general rule, mid-October through early November are your best bet.

Beautiful Sudbury, Massachusetts mom wearing an orange dress and holding her one-year-old son during their fall family photography session. How to score a coveted autumn foliage photography session.
Sudbury family photography during the peak fall foliage season in Massachusetts. Concierge photography services at JLP include location scouting for the best foliage on the date of your session.

Since I run JLP as a concierge photography business, I extra time and effort helping my clients to prepare for their sessions. That includes scouting locations that have the best foliage.

How do you score a coveted fall foliage session? Boston family photographer’s number one tip, including photos from a family that got a peak autumn family session spot. Sudbury family of four with toddlers sitting on a lawn strewn with fallen leaves.

Sarah’s family was originally going to go with a spot in Minuteman Park, but I decided to scope out this spot instead and was thrilled to find such bright colors. We changed the plan that morning, and boy, were we rewarded for our flexibility!

Photo of mom and dad during their Sudbury family photography session. I always try to get a couples photo in during family sessions.
3-year-old running over a stone bridge during the peak foliage season in Massachusetts during his family’s photo session. Sudbury family photographer Joy LeDuc shares her top tips for getting a coveted family photo session during this season.

If you want to score one of these primo spots for next year, sign up for my email newsletter and you’ll be among the first to know when spots open up!