It all starts with the change in the weather. That change in weather affects your mood. Then you find that your mood is different, but maybe you can’t put you’re finger on what you’re experiencing. So, your thoughts start to shift. As your thoughts start shifting about, you find yourself ready to make some real changes. These changes might be internal or external. But either way, it all started with the weather. I think it’s powerful that the earth’s subtle transformation from season to season can cause a transformation in us as well. What a better time to have a portrait session? Okay, maybe you didn’t think that’s where I was headed, but I’m a portrait photographer! Because it’s a new season, book a portrait session and let’s highlight you!
Some things are temporary. I don’t have to tell you that each season is fleeting. But that does remind me of some delicacies that only make an appearance for a short time each year. Specific coffee flavored offerings are only available for a short time at places like Starbucks. And some dishes are only offered seasonally (my example here is Bill Miller Barbecue https://www.billmillerbbq.com/, a Texas company I grew up with, which serves a turkey and stuffing plate that my husband waits for every year). Even these limited time selections help us to savor the time we’re inhabiting. I love coming to the end of a season and feeling like I really embraced it–the activities, the feelings, the foods, the comforts, the décor, and how for a short time my mindset and my life were different. And I would love a picture of me living with or amongst all of those things!
Last fall, I really wanted a black, felt, floppy hat. To my surprise, they were available almost everywhere and from $20 on up to $120! My family has a rule, though. Once fall hits, we try to stop buying things for ourselves that we could potentially put on our Christmas lists. Hence, I did get my hat, but on December 25th. But it’s not really a winter hat, so I’ve had it in the waiting all this time. And, guess what? As soon as fall hit, I had a picture taken of me wearing it! Wasn’t gonna delay this time.
Cooler weather means warmer clothes–but only slightly warmer if you live in a state like Texas. Either way, you may find yourself wearing maroons, shades of orange, red, or yellow, or my favorite–chocolate brown. If you wear make-up, you might also change the shades you wear when a different season is ushered in with the calendar. What’s my point here? My point is that you’ve started to dress differently. The clothes you’re wearing now are unique to the the fall season. How fun would it be to get a photo of you wearing your fall clothes with some foliage or pumpkins in the background?
This idea probably sounds like I’m trying to be a life coach. I’m not, but I was a yoga therapy intern for a while (it’s a thing). In yoga therapy, we studied the mind and the body and we also studied Ayurveda https://www.talyaskitchen.com/, which I continue to explore, and to implement into my daily routines. Described as the “science of life,” it’s heavily grounded in how our bodies and minds function. Most of the concepts revolve around food, but the mental component is also important. What we eat changes due to the seasons, and as I mentioned earlier, our moods also change, which affects our thoughts.
Anyway, one the the concepts I’ve recently heard from the practitioners I follow is that because it’s fall, it’s time to reflect on what old habits we can shed or let “fall” away. No need to wait for the new year. We can begin right now. And if we truly do that, even it’s not every fall, I think it could be worth a portrait session for yourself. Seeing those pictures will always remind you of the physical or emotional changes you were trying to embrace. Those photos can be a gentle reminder of the you you’ve become or still hope to be. Pictures are a good thing; especially portraits of you!