Fall Family Photo Ideas: Locations


You can’t beat the vibrant, rich, and beautiful colors of fall or the crisp air! Sweater weather is almost here and so is your fall family portrait session. It’s time to think about locations, props, and outfits. There are a few things you can do to truly capture the autumn season in your images. That’s why I have put together a list of fall family photo ideas as inspiration.

Fall Family Picture Locations & Prop Ideas

#1 Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin patches have an abundance of seasonal backdrops and props. Plus, they create a fun family outing. To create more variety, photograph images in a pumpkin patch, in front of any displays, and near a corn maze. In addition, use the props on location to your advantage. For instance, have your kids grab a pumpkin as a prop or fill a wheelbarrow with pumpkins. These will feel more candid and natural since these props are already part of the scene. Sometimes props can feel too out of place and posed, so be careful. When posing near displays, I recommend avoiding any displays with signs that may cause distraction.

A bonus tip is to make a fun day out of the trip, searching for pumpkins and taking them home to carve for Halloween. Maybe even grab an apple cider to warm up!

#2 Apple Orchard

Down the aisles of an apple orchard, you’ll find some great spots for photos. Make the fall scene complete by holding a basket filled with apples. Further, a neutral-colored or red plaid kitchen towel lining the basket adds to the autumn aesthetic. Don’t forget to think about the opportunity to capture candid moments like walking through the trees or picking apples.

#3 Field

If you are looking for a less seasonal option for your portrait location, you can’t go wrong with a field. While at first, it may not sound as exciting as a pumpkin patch or apple orchard, don’t be fooled. A field of tall grass produces stunning images with golden, dreamy light in the background.

Another option is to find an open area of grass, with leaves of vivid colors sprinkled on the ground for an autumn setting. Consider bringing a cozy neutral-colored blanket for your family to sit on in the grass. This creates more color and texture in the images.

What to do with your family photos?

I wanted to share a few ideas for what to do with your photos. Firstly, share your favorite images on social media with friends and family. Secondly, update artwork in your home with prints or canvases. Additionally, if an extended family photoshoots, these photographs make a great gift for family members. Lastly, since these sessions are in the fall, they leave you with enough time to get holiday cards printed and sent off.


Start planning your portrait session early, using these fall family photo ideas to showcase the season in your pictures. The eye-catching colors and beautiful scenery is a wonderful reason to book for the fall! You won’t regret your decision! To summarize, location ideas include a pumpkin patch, apple orchard, and field. Props should correlate to the setting to maximize the natural and candid feel. For example, holding pumpkins at a pumpkin patch, a basket full of apples in an orchard, and a neutral blanket in a field.

When choosing outfits remember to avoid bright colors. Additionally, the clothing you choose can affect how timeless the images feel (casual vs dressy). Consider a casual outfit with accessories that make it feel dressier.

September 9, 2021

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