Summer is over which means autumn is here (almost) now we welcome the arrival of the autumn season and it’s time to capture those memorable autumn photos of your kids and family. Getting natural looking photos can be tough, no matter what time of year. Luckily, the vibrant colours and amazing fall foliage provides a stellar back drop to even the most awkward poses.

Here are some of our favourite tips for the best autumn photos

If you have school age children the first item on your to-do list should be dressing them in a fabulous fall outfit like this one from serendipity clothes for girls

Adding some fun accessories can be another classic way to spice up a more basic top and give your outfit some autumn flare, we are loving the idea of adding this pin (pictured above) to any outfit. Once you have the perfect wardrobe options picked out, think of some fun activities to have your kids participate in. Avoid the forced awkward poses, everyone loves a leaf fight, or jumping in a big pile of leaves. These are some of our favourites when it comes to ‘action’ shots.

Ever considered having a scavenger hunt for you kids? This helps make taking pictures less about actually taking pictures and more about having fun. Have your kids look for certain colour, shapes, and sizes of leaves or find a buried treasure. These create picture perfect moments and keep your kids happy too!

Depending on the age of your children certain activities may not be age appropriate so it’s important to find something that works for babies and toddlers too. During the autumn months how can we resist a baby playing peek-a-boo with a big leaf? Get those sweet baby and toddler giggles out by building a leaf tower on your head and pretending to sneeze so they fall off.

Just as with school-aged children, finding the perfect outfit for your baby or toddler is important, especially since these will be the photos your kids. One thing we like to advise against is having your kids all be in matching clothes. Avoid having everyone blur together by finding similar colours themes to dress each child in, without having them wear the exact same thing. Try looking for a unique baby outfit at a local boutique for young kids you might stumble across some gems like these!

Autumn Photo

Have you given some thought to staging some props? We agree, certain props can be tacky during autumn photos. Let’s be honest how many times do we have to see your baby inside a pumpkin? Consider using props but choose more authentic and natural pieces to add to your pictures. Add mums, haystacks, a bucket of apples, gourds, pine cones, or even a scarecrow into the mix. While props are not completely necessary they give another element to your photos and can be fun for kids to explore during the session.

Of course, after all is said and done when it comes to autumn photos don’t forget to have fun! Hit up the local cider mill for a delicious donut and fresh pressed cider after to reward everyone for their winning smiles and making lasting memories!

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Are you looking for personalized wrapping paper or other things to jazz up your next family celebration?

Dom and Geri is a fabulous one-stop shop if you have a special event of any kind coming up.

With our busy lives where we are juggling so much already, a celebration means extra work which is made way easier when you can sort some of the stuff online.

Dom and Geri offer good quality and I particularly love the high quality personalised banners. I don’t think we ever grow out of loving something that is personalised just for us. They have unique designs to suit individual tastes and for different age groups and genders.

Even better, they have super fast delivery so if you order before 2pm Monday to Friday, they post the same day.

To be honest, I really love the fact that they are a family run company too and a Yorkshire one at that. It makes me feel I can trust them and I have always been satisfied with the wrapping paper and so on they have sent me to date.

If you are looking for customised greetings cards and wrapping paper or even if you are that way inclined personalised gin and champagne, Dom and Geri is your one-stop shop for celebration heaven. With 1000s of designs to choose from, you are sure to find something that is right up your street.

My soon to be 12 year old is still mad about super heroes so I might go with this Spider Man theme.

Two weeks after my youngest son’s birthday, my oldest son turns 17. How did that happen? Dom and Geri have a selection of products ideal for teenagers that might just turn a grunt into a smile.

Then with Christmas not too far away, I am tempted by so many banners to decorate the house including the penguin themed one. Love anything with penguins!

I would love to hear what celebrations you have coming up and what personalized wrapping paper, cards or banners appeal to you most.

Ways to make money fast may seem few and far between but there are ways to increase your income and to improve your finances. Money troubles have a huge emotional impact so the sooner you tackle what is coming in and what is going out the better for you and your family.

Ways To Make Money Fast

1. Ensure you are getting all the money you are entitled to. You can check out the welfare benefits and grants you may be able to access via theTurn2Us website. A scary amount of benefits go under-claimed every year so check out your rights today.

2. Do you have skills that people would be willing to pay money for? You could set up your own business or perhaps look for a new job. I find women and particularly mums often lack self-belief and this holds them back. Ask people around you what you are good at doing from crafting to coaching, from writing to photography – these are all things that people will pay money for you to do.

3. Have you asked family and friends for help? Many of us struggle to do this but all too often our family and friends would be more than willing to support us in they knew we were having difficulties.

4. You may want to check out short term loans always ensuring you know you can pay back the money and checking out the APRs on offer.

5. If you have a spare room or rooms in your home, you could consider taking in a lodger although do check out the impact on any benefits and you do have to run this past your mortgage lender or landlord.

Other ways of making money fast include selling unwanted stuff on Ebay or at a car boot sale. I am sure you have ways to make money fast too so please do leave a comment and let’s all get financially savvy.

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