fall leaves

I spent yesterday taking pictures for Yankee Candle’s candles that are coming out for fall and I thought it might be fun to give you a sneak peek.

When they first mentioned fall, I took a long look outside at my hydrangea and my peonies and my green grass and my acres and acres of summer….

….and my heart fell.

How in the world do you photograph fall in summer?

And then I remembered a spot on our property with an old brick oven that used to be used for outdoor cooking.

Add some pumpkins and you might imagine there’s a hayride around the corner.

outdoor fall pictures

I wanted to give you an overall shot first, so you can see the set up.

I’m not really sure about the whole brick oven thing or how they used it, but right on the other side of that tree line is the sound of running water.

This is on the edge of our property right next to a creek that winds around with steep banks and goes under a stone bridge near the road.

fall candle collection

fall candle scents

Here’s another shot in the same space looking out onto the back pasture.

There were literally crickets chirping and cows lowing when I took this picture.

The sun was darting in and out of the clouds, so I waited until the light was perfect.

(outdoor photography tip:  Try not to take pictures in direct sunlight because it casts shadows in the photo.  Cloudy is better for photographing)

Yankee Candle

I could smell fall when I was photographing it.

And the scent?


Honey Clementine.

I haven’t even had my summer yet and I was ready for leaves and pumpkins and hay rides and things that rhymed with bapple bider.

Yankee Candle Lids

Here’s a product shot I took of the lids.

I love the modern look of the brushed nickel.

The styling of the lid is so pretty with the tiny silver beading around the edge of the cap.

fall candle display

One last product shot with extra pumpkins and extra color.

The fall line should be in stores July 2016.

And Honey Clementine?

I’m totally falling for you. 🙂

PS  I’m so sorry.  I couldn’t resist.  It was low-hanging fruit on the joke tree. 🙂

disclaimer:  This post was written in collaboration with Yankee Candle.

All opinions on scents or smells or taking fall pictures in summer are mine.

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  1. Image for Kimm at RoadKill Rescue and Reinvented Kimm at RoadKill Rescue and Reinvented

    Karianne, you are quite the amazing stylist and photographer! Mad skills, girl. :) Love the photos, I could almost smell the leaves crunching under my feet!

  2. Image for Rosemary Rosemary

    Love your creativity in making the photo shoot for fall when it is actually still spring! Where on earth did you find those pumpkins? They are wonderful!

  3. Image for Cynthia Roush Cynthia Roush

    I enjoyed your presentation at the Paducah Quilt Show so much that when I read these articles I can actually hear you talking. Great job! And thanks for the material sample and cookie.

  4. Image for Velia Velia

    Karianne, you never fail to impress me with your talent and eye for detail. After seeing your photos, I too look forward to autumn's splendor and aroma.

  5. Image for cindy cindy

    I so love their candles! Every time I see the Yankee display, I always have to go and smell:) I think I end up standing there forever, and probably end up smelling all of them! :)

  6. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    How very fun! Great job, friend! I always love fall...but I'm with you...my peonies, ferns, hydrangea and geraniums are near to my heart right now. Can't imagine living without the beauty of four seasons. But I'll be anxiously watching for honey clementine...I may fall hard for that one myself!

  7. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I love the Honey candle -- I'll have to buy a case since my name for hubby is "Honey". We love candles -- even in the summer time. Your shots are wonderful!! Is that your new lens you're using? I love the bokeh. I bet Yankee Candles let you keep the samples -- you lucky dog you!! Have a wonderful spring day -- summer is around the corner and then fall. I don't want to rush the seasons but I do want to sniff that candle. :-)

  8. Image for Michelle Rudis Michelle Rudis

    I love Yankee Candles. Well, to tell the truth, I love candles, period. I just can't pass by a candle display, especially a Yankee Candle display, and not lift the lid on every single scent and take a good whiff. They are the best! And you totally nailed making your pics feel like fall, Karianne ;-) Beautiful property!

  9. Image for Susie @ The Chelsea Project Susie @ The Chelsea Project

    Gosh...you mean it's not fall yet? It totally looks like it in these awesome photos. Yankee Candle is lucky they snagged you and your mad photography skills in the early summer. Yall make a great combo. Congrats on these beautiful pics! Good luck with the fall campaign. XO Susie from The Chelsea Project

  10. Image for june june

    LOVE the pics - love Yankee candles - LOVE FALL! We are so fortunate in the Midwest to get the most amazing colors. Truly my favorite season. But...for now I embrace today and the sunshine we are finally getting and the excitement of summer around the corner. Many changes in store for me - just like leaves turning color. My oldest will be married in four weeks...youngest moving to grad school a few weeks later. Everyone gone. The greatest part of it all will be my boys will be together in NE for grad school...being four years apart in age they have really missed being together. Maybe I need to pull out one of my small pumpkins to remind me of a new season coming to our lives...empty nest!

  11. Image for Diane Miller Diane Miller

    Karianne, I have always been impressed by all you do, but these photos make me wish I could be there with you walking your beautiful property. I love fall, and your photos make me love it even more. Can't wait for the new Yankee Candle fall line. Thanks for all your creativity and inspiration.

  12. Image for Sherry Fisher Sherry Fisher

    Almost makes me want to skip right through to Fall, my favorite season...almost. So pretty! Can't wait to smell Honey Clementine ;)

  13. Image for Michele Michele

    What a fun new adventure. We have the most awesome Yankee Candle store here near me and I literally spend HOURS (and serious cash) in there. ♥♥♥ Well done, this. : - )

  14. Image for Lisa Lisa

    This November birthstone girl counts the days until fall starting right about now! Texas summers are almost endlesssss but you already know this. :) :)

  15. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Oh, my gosh! You took me straight to October!!! I love the beautiful scene That you set...I could smell Fall in the air!. Can't wait to smell that new fragrance. Honey Clementine!!! Oh, my, I recently bought a clementine dishwashing liquid from my favorite shop, The Busy Biddy and it smells divine!

  16. Image for Leona Leona

    You never seem to impress......even at difficult times.I know , who on earth could think of fall when summer here has not officially arrived............just like when Pottery Barn has to create their Christmas scenes. All for the sake of marketing.......somehow takes the joy out of the moment.....but knew you could do it. Now go and enjoy your summer!!!!!

  17. Image for Kris Kris

    Of course you figured out a way to photograph autumn during the beginning of summer. I would expect no less of you. :) I agree, the updated Yankee Candle lids make the product look more "rustic 2016" and less "ducks and geese 1990-something".

  18. Image for Maureen Maureen

    Funny you should be talking about fall today! Just on the weekend I was making an apple crisp and as I was standing there peeling the apples my thoughts floated to fall and how I just can't wait until it gets here again! I don't want to rush my life away, but there is just something about the autumn!

  19. Image for Sherrie Pfeiffer Sherrie Pfeiffer

    You really pulled it off! I really like the new labels, it's nice that they are smaller and you can see more of the candle color. I'm gaga over those little pumpkins! Did you make them? Can you share? Thanks so much!

  20. Image for Patricia Potter Patricia Potter

    Oh My Karianne.. Love, Love, Love... I must go take a course on how to use my DSLR Camera and I must add to my list of To Do's: Start a Blog, but contact Karianne first!!! :):) I asked you last year where you got your little string pumpkins and you replied (love that) so off to Kirklands that same weekend I went..!!!! I can just imagine the scent of those candles..Yum..!! Patricia (NC Coast)

  21. Image for Julianna Agoritsas Julianna Agoritsas

    Beautiful...congratulations, if I had known I would have sent you some of my knitted pumpkins! Looking forward to the candles...

  22. Image for Rebecca Turner Rebecca Turner

    Thanks for letting us in on the secret! And giving us free photography tips! I don't have a good camera yet, but my IPad takes some really sharp ones, and I've been experimenting. I discovered that a cloudy day is best when I took pictures at the zoo. Today was a little cloudy this morning, and I was trying to take close-ups of seashells, so I pulled up all of the wooden blinds in our greatroom, where there is great light because of the many, over-sized windows. But even that wasn't enough, so I used a mirror to reflect light on the subject. I got that idea from assisting on a photo shoot with a professional photographer, who had me hold a reflective screen, when my daughter's wedding pictures were taken, outside. I'm so happy for your opportunity! And I can't wait to smell that candle!

  23. Image for Cheryl Autrey Cheryl Autrey

    You did a Fabulous job! I Love all the sights and smells of fall too. You have a Beautiful yard! Thanks for sharing with us.

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