Ask, and you shall receive! Fall is the perfect time to take photos. The light is excellent, the leaves are beautiful, and you get to wear cute scarves, gloves, and mittens. I have had so many messages asking for fall photoshoot ideas and suggestions, so here you go! And you don’t just get 5 or 10. I am giving you 20 fall photoshoot ideas to choose from!
1. Playing in the Leaves
This one is kind of a no-brainer and one of my favorites! Capture your child playing in the leaves, throwing them, or diving into a pile. If you’re feeling adventurous, plop down in the middle of the pile yourself and throw some up in the air! Who’s ever said no to playing in the leaves?
So you may have read my blog on some fun, October-inspired Halloween Photo Ideas. Well, pumpkins aren’t just for the kids! Use the pumpkins for your subject to sit on, have them hold the pumpkins, or strategically place them in the background. Nothing says fall like a pumpkin… or a pumpkin pie!
I love photos with families on fences. Find a beautiful fence with the fall colors in the background and shoot your family photo there.
4. Corn Mazes
Find a corn maze and use leading lines to photograph your subject in the maze. Corn stocks add cool neutral colors to the photo as well as a fun textural element.
5. Apple Picking
Just like pumpkins symbolize fall, so do apples. My family has the tradition of going apple picking every fall. Find your local orchard and head out to snap some photos of your subject picking apples. You can create a whole story out of apple picking by taking the fun back home and making caramel-dipped apples!
6. Autumn Trees
Now, I don’t limit using trees to only my fall photo sessions. Leaning your subject against a tree is always good for photos, but when that tree has amazing colored autumn leaves, it can be a game-changer.
What better way to keep warm on a cool fall evening? Stoke up a fire, grab the smores kit and start taking photos. Fall bonfires make an excellent background for your photos. It’ll also help keep you warm as you’re out there photographing these fall photoshoot ideas!
8. Fall Outfits
Even if you live somewhere warm, you can create the perfect fall photos using the right outfit—select fall colors. Browns, reds, and yellow are all colors that are reminiscent of fall. Bring in the scarves, the cute jackets, and don’t forget the hats to make those fall photos fun!
9. Blankets & Throws
I have an abundance of fall blankets that I bring on my fall photoshoots. You can use them to wrap around your subject while they are walking in the leaves. Have your subjects sit on the blankets, or simply have a family cuddle up under one.
10. A Hot Comfort Drink
Grab some apple cider or hot cocoa, and capture your subject holding a warm cup of, whatever they’d like, and it will make for a fun fall photo.
11. Tree-Lined Road
If you live near a tree-lined road, have your subject walk down, using the fall colored trees’ leading lines to lead straight to your subject. Now, I must say I ONLY do this if I can have someone keep a lookout for cars!
12. Forest Path
Just like you used the leaves on the road to direct the eye to your subject, you can use a tree-lined forest path to achieve the same effect.
13. Find Water
A beautiful lake with the reflection of the fall leaves is a stunning spot for a photo shoot. Let your subjects play around the water, skipping stones, throwing leaves at each other, and sit back and capture them.
14. Lay in the Grass
When was the last time you just lay in the grass? Scatter some leaves around your subject, and start snapping away! Even though it’s simple, I knew I had to include it in our list of fall photoshoot ideas. It truly captures the winding down of the season!
15. Golden Hour
Shoot during Golden Hour, when the light is warm and magical. Nothing says fall like a warm glow on your subject.
Stop by your local home decoration or craft store and pick up some props! Considering purchasing a fall wreath, fall flowers, or some signage. Having your subject carry them during the shoot is an easy and inexpensive way to bring fall to your photos.
17. Shoot Indoors
Capturing your subject, looking through a window out at the rain or fog, can be an excellent idea for your photos. Photographing them huddled around the fire, or a picture of everyone wearing their warm sweaters and socks can be fun as well.
18. Wide Angle
Use a wide-angle lens to guarantee that you capture the aspects of fall.
Use lanterns to light a path for your subject on a cool evening. Have your subjects walk toward you down the lit path at dusk to create the perfect fall photo.
20. Railroad Tracks
Okay, I saved this for last because it is so controversial. It is incredibly unsafe to photograph on railroad tracks, but there are many unused railroad tracks that you can use. Just make sure that before using the tracks, you confirm that they aren’t active and that you are legally allowed to use them. That being said, fall leaves on railroad tracks are a great place to capture photos.
I hope that I’ve given you some inspiring fall photoshoot ideas for your seasonal photo sessions! Get out there, take advantage of the beautiful colors, and have fun! Also, don’t forget to head over to my Facebook Group to share your fall photos!