15 Creative Fall Photography Ideas

Will fall in full swing and the leaves will start to change, it’s the perfect time to get out and photograph the change of seasons! Autumn offers great opportunities for all types of photographers to capture the landscape in their photographs. Here are 15 creative photography ideas for the fall season:


Playing with the leaves – Tossing leaves in the air is sure to bring a smile to the stage, no matter what age. This is especially a great idea for young children, as you can create a fun environment that will not only capture a smile, but also bring in some fall scenery.

Halloween costumes – This one goes without saying. If you have kids or have friends with kids, capturing their Halloween costumes is a must. But have a little fun with it. Go outside or into a dark room and turn it on with a single flash and a softbox, low power. It will create that spooky look that Halloween is known for and make the kid really cool in the process. And if you don’t have kids, try it with your pet, or even yourself (with your camera’s self-timer function and a tripod).

Family photos in the woods – Find a forest and take your family there for some photos. Take advantage of Golden Hour and the colors the fall season brings – it’s an easy way to fill the frame with something that adds a great background to your family. Be sure to dress your family in colors that will also pop with the colors of fall.

Visit a pumpkin patch or apple orchard – Going pumpkin picking or apple shopping is a great way to capture your family or friends having fun with the fall season. If you have kids, having them try to carry a big heavy pumpkin will create big laughs that you can capture too. And if you prefer posed photos, a pumpkin patch or apple orchard is a great backdrop for fall-centric family photos.

Focus on the details – While it’s fun to capture your kids playing in the leaves, you can also create extra interest by focusing on the details. Try to crop your photo so that the focal point is on the leaves, not your child playing with them. Or zoom in on her hands as they’re ready to toss the leaves in the air. It creates a dynamic scene that helps tell a story, and it’s great to pair with the more traditional portraits you’ve already captured.

Landscapes and nature

Mix fall colors with everyday scenes – Take the photo of the covered bridge above, for example. By taking wide shots, I was able to capture the bridge, the sky, and the nature around it. While waiting for early November when the leaves fell, I was able to capture a long exposure of the leaves swirling in the water, with the focal point still on the deck.

Highlight colorful trees with wide-angle photographs – Being from Michigan, there’s nothing like taking a day trip to experience the local flavor. By taking wide shots, you can shoot a canopy of trees above a road or trail, perfectly capturing the fall season.

Bokeh and Macro Leaves – One of the very first autumn photographs I took was of some leaves in my garden. They were a bright red color, so I got as close as I could and shot them wide, creating a very surreal scene that brought out the fall colors. Or, using a macro lens, you can create a larger than life photograph of a leaf and its textures.

Capture the Golden Hour – Golden Hour is a great time to capture landscapes regardless of the time of year, but in the fall it mostly makes the scene shine with the fall colors.

Mix interesting light with leaves – Play around with a flashlight or other small light source and mix it with a few leaves in a dark space. This will create a moody shot that will still highlight the season, but with a slightly different feel. You could even try having your child hold a leaf and shine a light on it, illuminating both the leaf and parts of their face.

Weddings and engagements

Warming up – Have your subjects stand close together, donning a scarf or blanket that keeps them warm together.

Give equal parts to autumn elements – By shooting your subjects wider than you usually would, you can include fall elements. For example, try splitting your photo in half. For the bottom half, capture your subjects from their torso up. On the top half, focus on capturing an autumn element, like a tree with colorful leaves on it. This creates a balance in photography.

Sit on steps covered with leaves – If you can find steps with leaves on them, shoot with a shallow depth of field to focus on the subjects, with the leaves fading behind.

Surround the details with autumnal colors – Ask your bride to put her hand next to a leaf to show off her ring and make sure there are fall colors present.

Dance in the leaves – Warm up the couple for their first dance by having them dance through the leaves. For added effect, throw a few leaves in the air and photograph them falling to the ground.

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