50 Family Fall Photo Ideas

Family Fall Photo Ideas

Fall is here and it is time to start thinking about taking those family photos! Fall is such a beautiful time of year – the leaves are changing, the sunsets are gorgeous, and the lighting is perfect for photographers! If you are thinking of getting your family photos or engagements done during the fall season – look no further for inspiration! We have 50 ideas for you and your family to look great in your next fall photography session!

Family Fall Photo Ideas
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Getting the perfect photo includes a variety of elements. You have the season picked out now consider these ideas for locations, poses, props and clothing! In this post we have picked out amazing photos from some of the BEST photographers out there! You will find: 

  • Location Ideas
  • Pose Ideas for Families
  • Pose Ideas for Couples 
  • Prop Ideas 
  • Ideas for What to Wear
  • Planning Tips and Tricks

Get your pinning fingers ready because these are some pinterest – worthy ideas! Let’s get started! 

Fall Photography Locations 

Where you choose to hold your photography session will make a BIG difference in the way that your photos turn out! The beautiful fall colors provided the perfect backdrop for any picture! Here are a few specific places to consider that will really make those fall colors pop and bring life to your family photos!

Fall Photography Locations

Location is everything…

Locations for Fall Photos

1. Barn – A rustic and beautiful background! Sources: A Day to Adore Photography & Iliasis Muniz Photography

2. On a Bridge – A bridge acts as a natural frame for your family. Source: Three Peas Photography

3. Corn Field – Nothing is more Fall than a corn field. Sources: Laura IvanovaL Photographie

4. Grove of Trees – Under the trees = gorgeous! Sources: Christine Naomi Photography & Lisa Holloway Photography

Locations for Fall Pictures

5. Grassy Field – This is a classic fall location and for good reason, the pictures are natural and beautiful. Sources: Christine Naomi Photography & Simplicity Photography

6. In Leaves – Falling leaves, throwing leaves, jumping in leaves! These make for a beautiful background. Sources: Christine Naomi Photography & Michael Kormos Photography

7. Pumpkin Patch – For a fun location, try a pumpkin patch. Sources: Alexandra Hunt Photography, Simple As That & Carolyn Kipper Photography

Locations Fall Photos

8. By the Water – This is a beautiful and a unique background. Sources: Christine Naomi Photography

9. In a Boat – Playful and adorable. Sources: Aria Photography & Pinkletoes

10. On a Path – Another beautiful and natural frame. Sources: A Day to Adore Photography & Three Peas Photography

11. Under a Tree – Find a tree with colorful leaves for an unforgettable picture. Sources: Michael Kormos Photography & Carolyn Kipper Photography

Fall Photo Pose Ideas for Families

Posing for photography can be really tricky – especially with a large crowd! While your photographer will be there for guidance, you will want to come prepared with a few key poses that you want for your family. Share these with your photographer and you will be sure to not miss that perfect shot!

Fall Photography Pose Ideas

These poses are the cutest!!

Family Pose Ideas

12. Holding Hands – It’s fun to see the family connected. Sources: Simplicity Photography & Three Peas Photography

13. Sitting – I love the casual sitting around the campfire, as well as a posed setup. Sources: Three Peas Photography & L Photographie

Family Pose Ideas

14. On a Bench – A park bench is the perfect location. Sources: A Day to Adore PhotographyL Photographie

15. Silhouette – This is stunning! Sources: Simply Light Photography

16. In leaves – It’s Fall. You have to get a few pictures with leaves. Sources: Christine Naomi Photography & Stock Photo

Fall Photo Pose Ideas for Couples 
When taking your family photos, don’t forget to snap a few shots of you and your spouse! Sometimes we get so involved in taking pictures of the kids we miss out on capturing the journey of our marriage too! AND those looking to take their engagement pictures this fall – we’ve got you covered! 

Fall Photography Pose Ideas

Fun pose ideas for couples… ready, set, GO!

Couples Pose Ideas

17. Kissing – Let’s be real, you need a little kissing on the records. Sources: A Day to Adore PhotographyL Photographie

18. Hugging – So many ways to give your spouse a sweet hug. Sources: L Photographie, Chard PhotographerA Day to Adore Photography 

19. Swinging – Set up a hammock and get another natural photo. Sources: Joyeuse Photography

Couples Pose Ideas

20. Dancing – This is a fun and natural pose. Sources: Josh Elliot Studios & Stock Photo

21. Dipping – A classic pose, with so many ways to make it exciting! Sources: Alicia Q PhotographyIliasis Muniz Photography & Rusting Wedding Chic

22. Holding Hands – A cute way to be connected during your photos. Sources: Heidi RyderL Photographie

Fall Photography Prop Ideas  

Some of the best photos lie in the details! Adding a small prop to your pictures can really make a picture pop and tell a story! Here are a few of our favorite ideas for props that go perfect with the fall season!

Fall Photography Prop Ideas

Prop ideas for days…

Fall Prop Ideas

23. Vegetables – Pumpkins, corn, and more. These are a fun prop. Sources: Simple As That

24. Wagon – A wagon provides a little extra something to your photography session. Sources: Pinkletoes & Blue Lily Photography

25. Hay Bales – Fall and hay bales go hand in hand. Sources: Kristin LaRue Photography

26. Couch – This is completely out of place, but with the right couch, it’s absolutely adorable. Sources: Golightly Images

Fall Prop Ideas

27. Crate – Crates add a little height and dimension to your picture. Sources: Kristin LaRue Photography & Michael Kormos Photography

28. Blanket – Sit or lay on a blanket to add a pop of color. Sources: A Day to Adore Photography

29. Bikes – Another fun prop idea!! Sources: Munchkins & Mohawks Photography

30. Leaves – More leaves… Love it. Sources: Stock Photo & Laura Ivanova

10 Ideas for What to Wear 

Choosing what to wear for family photos can be a challenge! Selecting a color palette that works for everyone and looks good takes some thought and effort! Here are a few coordinating choices that will look fabulous with fall colors as your backdrop! For the women, we LOVE the daily deals at Jane.com and EleventhAvenue. Shabby Apple and Cents of Style have some must-see pieces, too!

What to Wear for Fall Photos

Color schemes and accessories that will make your pictures pop!

What to Wear for Fall Photos

31. Boots – Pull out the boots, it’s Fall! Sources: Iliasis Muniz Photography

32. Denim – I love denim!! Sources: Christine Naomi Photography

33. Neutral – Stand out against your background with gorgeous neutrals. Sources: Three Peas PhotographyMichael Kormos Photography & A Day to Adore Photography 

What to Wear for Fall Photos

34. Earth Tones – Dark earth tones scream Fall! Sources: Chard Photographer

35. Plaid – You know Fall is time to break out the plaid. Sources: Alicia Q PhotographyLaura Ivanova & Hello Fashion Blog

36. Navy and Yellow – Love this combo… add a pop of yellow – a perfect Fall color. Sources: Simplicity Photography

These are just a TASTE of the many combinations! The key is a color palette and variations within that palette. One of our favorite photographers, Micah Folsom, has a GREAT post with fall-inspired color combinations. 

9 Planning Tips and Tricks

When your final photography session arrives, you will want everything to go just right! From planning to printing – here are a few ideas for helping everything to run smoothly!

Planning Guide for Fall Photos

37. Get Organized! Keep yourself ahead of the game with this easy-to-use organizer created by Leah Aldous. This free printable has a place for you to organize your clothing choices, brainstorm your pose & location ideas, gather your photographer information, plan your budget and more! All of your information is in one place! 

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38. Choose Your Photographer Wisely! – You don’t have to select the most expensive photographer in town, but remember that you are investing in life time memories. Sometimes “you get what you pay for” isn’t a beneficial thing. Investing in a professional photographer who may charge a little more can be well worth it! 

39. Schedule Ahead – The most talented and sought-after photographers will fill up quickly (especially during the fall season!) so schedule in advance! If you have a large extended family included in the photo shoot, make sure to verify with everyone that they will be able to attend. You will want every member of the family to be there! 

40. Plan – Look through the post above and have a clear idea of any specifics you want for your photos. Is there a certain location, pose or prop you want to include? Use your organizer to write these down and communicate these with your photographer. 

41. Working with Kids – Getting the kids prepped for the big day is key to a stress-free photography session. Let them be involved in planning outfits and props so they can be invested and excited. During the photography session, you might want to bring along a helper to stand behind the photographer and get the attention from the little ones. Finally, bringing snacks and supplies is a must with kids! 

42. Lookin’ Good – We all want to look our very best in a family photo, so do a little research on how to look the most flattering in pictures! There are some secrets out there that can really make a big difference! Here is one of my favorite posts on looking good in photos from our friend Cara at Maskcara

43. Timing is Everything – Did you know that there is a certain time that is better than any other for taking amazing pictures? There is a time that photographers call “The Golden Hour” – it is the time right before the sun is going to set. The lighting is just right. As you plan a time with your photographer, make sure you request the golden hour. You will get amazing colors and lighting. You just can’t go wrong! 

44. Go with the Flow – Don’t plan so much that you can’t be flexible when needed. Some of the best pictures are captured in the moment. Remember that you are capturing memories and it doesn’t matter if everyone is in the right spot with a picture perfect smile. You want to capture your real family – how they are! Trust your photographer and follow their lead. They are the professional and will lead you to great pictures!

45. Order Prints – This may seem obvious, but many families get those amazing pictures taken only to have them sit on a digital screen. Have a plan for where and when you are going to print your photos. Choose a place on your wall for the new family picture to go. If you are planning to do a collage or any sort, discuss with your photographer. They will likely have input for which style of pictures would look well together. We love using Shutterfly to print off family pictures!

There you have it! Ideas GALORE for your next fall photography session! You can’t go wrong with a beautiful fall background and with these additional ideas- you are bound to have a fantastic photography session! 

If you LOVED these tips and ideas you will also want to check out our 101 Family Picture Tips and Tricks (for ANY season!) and our 101 Tips and Ideas for Couples Photography. Both are FULL of ideas! 

Happy Picture Taking!

 **We did our very best to find and link to the original sources of each photo, but if you see a photo that is not linked correctly, please let us know so we can fix it.  We definitely want to give credit where credit is due.  We are so grateful for these wonderfully talented photographers who capture love so beautifully!**

About the Author: Sarina

I met my Prince Charming when I was 15 years old and 12 years later we created our own happily ever after. Together we enjoy traveling the world, and, of course, going on creative dates! I am a former theatre teacher who now stays at home with a handsome baby boy. I love dancing, photography & chocolate!

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15 Responses to 50 Family Fall Photo Ideas

  1. I love this list and it’s full of lot of great ideas!! As a photographer though, I would recommend taking out the railroad posing one though. It is actually illegal to take pictures on railroad tracks even if they’re no longer active. It may not happen too often that one may get caught or the Government tracks down the pictures, but more people need to be aware of this. Thank you!

  2. I can’t wait for Fall to be here this year! There are a ton of great ideas shown within this post that I can not wait to try out! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. These are adorable ideas! My husband and I are hiring a photographer, and we want to make it the best experience possible to yield good results 🙂 I’ll keep this in mind and make sure we hire someone who has a similar style. I’m not sure if the camera or video recorder makes a difference, but I’ll communicate with the photographer since they’re the professional. Thank you!

  4. This article is very well done. I have used it for family’s sessions to share with my photographer. I love the prop ideas and the fashion coordinating ideas. I would love a winter one!
    thank you for sharing