10 Best Family Fall Photography Ideas

If you are looking for the perfect time of year to have a family photoshoot, then the Fall is definitely the best time.

Everything is vibrantly colored, the forests look incredibly beautiful, and of course, it is the season of Halloween!

10 Best Family Fall Photography Ideas

There are so many things going on in the fall that you can use to your advantage to create a fantastic photo opportunity for you and your family.

Family photos are meant to remind you of the amazing memories you have made together, and the Fall offers the perfect backdrop for it.

If you are interested in having a family photoshoot during the Fall, but you are struggling to find the right inspiration, then you have come to the right place!

We have put together a list of 10 amazing family Fall photography ideas (see also: 10 Best Family Outdoor Photography Ideas)that you can use to create the perfect memories for you and your whole family. So read on to find out more about them.

1. Pumpkin Patch

If you want to go all out and utilize the Fall to your advantage, then the best way you can make the perfect Fall photoshoot is to go to a pumpkin patch.

Not only will it make for the perfect fall backdrop, but it’s also a fantastic way for you and the whole family to enjoy a wonderful day out.

With all the pumpkins out in the field, you will have plenty of vibrant colors to use in the backdrop of your photos. You can even get your kids to hold the pumpkins in the shots to add a bit more to the photos.

2. In The Fall Leaves

Leaves turn to wonderful shades of orange, brown, red, and yellow during the Fall, and this is one of the reasons why the natural world looks so magical around this time of year.

When the leaves start to fall off of the trees, you should definitely use this to your advantage and use them to create some dynamic shots for your family photos.

You can go to a forest to recreate this idea, but even just the leaves in your garden will do.

Don’t be afraid to rearrange them to get the best composition for your shots and another great idea is creating a Fall leaf pile that your kids can jump in!

3. Fall Forest Shoot

Going a bit more into the fall forest photo idea, this is arguably the best and most photogenic time of the year for you to have a family shoot out in nature.

The colors alone will add a vibrant setting and backdrop to your photos and it will make the memories you want to make with your family even more magical.

You can head out to your favorite local woodland, or you can take your family a bit further to find the perfect forest for your fall pictures.

Not only will you capture some absolutely stunning photos of your family, but it also makes for a wonderful day out where you can all enjoy the natural world together.

4. Pumpkin Carving Shoot

If you want to really have a lot of fun with your family in a fall photoshoot, why not combine it with a pumpkin carving session?

A trend that seems to be getting more popular every year is people carving pumpkins during the fall and then using those pumpkins by wearing them on their heads and taking photos.

While it’s a bit more of a social media trend, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t use this idea for a family photoshoot.

It’s the perfect time of the year and pumpkins are in abundance, and you and your family will look back on all of the photos with fondness.

You will be creating a really fun environment for you and your family to relax and get into the silliness of wearing a pumpkin on all of your heads.

5. Include Your Pets

Another great way you can make your fall family photos a bit more interesting and personal is by including your family pet in the shots!

Families with pets usually class their furry friends as part of the family already, so it is only right to include them in your fall photo shoot.

This works out great for all parties involved, especially if you do the shoot outdoors in the full swing of the Fall.

Pets love the outdoors and they may not be able to say it, but they will definitely be excited to be able to take part in something that includes all of you.

Lots of people don’t include their pets in their professional family photos, but if you get the chance, you definitely should!

You can create some really adorable and memorable photos that you and the whole family will be able to look back on in fondness. And this way, you will always have a piece of your furry friends with you even long after they are gone!

6. Go Rustic

Rustic buildings, things, and photoshoots have become more popular over the years and they really work all year round, but when you pair these rustic aesthetics with the fall, you are sure to create some absolutely fantastic shots for you and your family to remember.

You can visit a farm or rent out a log cabin during the fall months and experiment with different poses, action shots, and more when you utilize both the rustic and autumn theme combined into one (see also “Autumn Photography: Tips For Photographing The Colors Of Autumn“).

7. Corn Field

Just like pumpkins are a big fall theme, so is corn!

You can take your family to a cornfield to get some beautiful aesthetic shots, or you can take it a step further and use a corn maze to get some incredible action shots that will also make for a wonderful memory that your family will remember for years to come!

8. Hay Bales

If you go to a pumpkin patch or a farm, you’ll usually find haybales there, but there’s something about a family photoshoot with haybales during the Fall that just makes them even better!

You can use the haybales as natural shelves for props, or you can sit your family members down at different heights on the haybale to create a dynamic set of pictures that have a bit of a rustic edge to them.

9. Farm Animals

Just like getting your pets involved is a great idea, so is doing a photo shoot with farm animals! It sticks to the “autumnal rustic” theme and it will give you and your family a chance to create some authentic memories that can be captured on camera.

These photos with farm animals just look even better against the backdrop of the fall as well!

10. Fall Bonfire

Bonfires are also great during the fall and when you use them in your family photo shoot, they can create a really warm and cozy vibe that will radiate through the pictures.

You can make the bonfire legit as well and just have a photographer shadow you all, capturing all the authentic memories for you to enjoy later.


If you are planning a family photoshoot in the fall, try some of these ideas out and see which ones work best for you and your family!

Laura McNeill
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