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Ideas for Fall Photo Props

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Have fun with fall photography!

Have fun with fall photography!

Fall Photoshoot Props

This fall, think about adding some new accessories, props, and backdrops to your photography sessions. There are ideas available from weddings to newborn baby shoots with something for everyone. Don't hesitate to mix and match different photography ideas. There are endless possibilities for different shoots!

In this article, I'll give you fall photoshoot ideas for:

  • Infants, toddlers, and children
  • Families
  • Engaged couples
  • Pregnancy announcements
  • Weddings
A baby sitting among the pumpkins is a classic choice for an autumn photo shoot.

A baby sitting among the pumpkins is a classic choice for an autumn photo shoot.

Infants, Toddlers, and Children Fall Photo Props

  • Pumpkins: If you don't have any opportunity to get out to a pumpkin patch, consider dressing your baby up in a pumpkin costume or crocheted hat.
  • Among the fallen leaves! Get down on the ground and capture your baby or children among the rich colors of the fallen leaves.
  • Wagons
  • Apple Barrel: Consider scattering apples around and/or in the barrel to complete the aesthetic.
  • In a jar filled with candy corn.
  • On a hay bale or for a set of babies or children, on a pile of hay bales.
Use a family outing to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch to take some photos.

Use a family outing to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch to take some photos.

Family Fall Photo Props

  • In the woods among the trees with brightly colored leaves.
  • Walking on a path filled with fallen leaves.
  • By the lake or river. The changing leaves will reflect beautifully in the water behind your subjects.
  • On a park bench because the leaves will create a stunning backdrop.
  • At the pumpkin patch or apple orchard. Use a natural outing as a great excuse for a family photoshoot.
  • Have a leaf fight! Mix up the end of a photo session by letting everyone have a little fun.

Engagement and Couples Fall Photo Props

  • Among the changing leaves on the trees or the ground. Among the falling leaves is another great option in the fall.
  • Enjoying fall apples during a final picnic for the year.
  • On a bike ride during one of the last warm days of the fall.
  • On a park bench. Look for a spot that highlights the beautiful trees in the area.
  • Enjoying a first warm-weather drink, such as apple cider or hot chocolate.

Maternity or Pregnancy Fall Photo Props

  • Leaning against an old fence, surrounded by colored fallen leaves.
  • Embracing fall clothing. Popular options include long shirts, warm dresses, boots, and fashionable hats and gloves.
  • Among the changing leaves on the trees or on the ground.
  • Architecture shoot with fall colors. Look for buildings and other points of interest that have colors to compliment a fall palette, such as an interesting building with a red door.

Weddings Fall Photo Props

  • Does the couple have a fall color scheme? Make sure to highlight it in some of the photos.
  • Make use of fall props. Consider pumpkins, apple-picking baskets, and more.
  • Holiday-themed props. Are you shooting a wedding close to Halloween or Thanksgiving? Some couples may enjoy playing up this aspect of their wedding in their photos.
  • On the farm. Rustic red barns are a classic choice for any wedding photoshoot, but they seem to be particularly popular during the fall.

© 2013 Rose Clearfield


Gloria Siess from Wrightwood, California on September 15, 2016:

Nice advice here and a well-structured Hub. I would welcome your feedback on my "Take Gorgeous Photos Using Your Smart Phone and Photo Shop" if you have time. Thanks

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 25, 2013:

Yes, for sure, Shasta! Thanks so much!

Shasta Matova from USA on November 25, 2013:

Autumn is a wonderful time for photography with all the beautiful fall colors in the trees and as the leaves fall on the ground. You've provided a good list of ideas here Rose.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 18, 2013:

Thanks, Blond Logic! It seems like a lot of people are over the cheesy grin photos because the trend is definitely action and real life photos these days.

Mary Wickison from USA on November 18, 2013:

Wonderful ideas on how to incorporate a touch of autumn into a photo. I especially like the leaf fight idea. I love action and real life in a photo. I think I have seen too many cheesy grin photos.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 21, 2013:

Thanks, FreezeFrame! It's great to hear that. I hope that you have a chance to travel north during the fall in the near future.

FreezeFrame34 from Charleston SC on September 21, 2013:

This is a great collection of inspiring ideas! Fall is my favorite season, and it also makes me miss my hometown! We don't get to experience the same dramatic "Fall" in the south! I'll definitely use this if I get the chance to travel North for Fall....hopefully soon! I gained a plethora of ideas from you!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 20, 2013:

Thanks, RTalloni! Yes, for sure. Fall is such a gorgeous time. You want to take advantage of as many opportunities during the season as you can.

RTalloni on September 20, 2013:

Nice stuff here. :) Taking advantage of seasonal opportunities can mean priceless moments are preserved and fall is a beautiful time of year to be ready with ideas.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 20, 2013:

Yes, for sure! Thanks! Family outings are a great opportunity to take family portraits. I think you end up with a much more natural aesthetic than you do when everyone has to go to a studio.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 20, 2013:

Fall produces such vibrant colors and your ideas are all wonderful. I think it is clever to use the family outing as an opportunity to capture great family portraits.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 09, 2013:

Thanks so much, Jackie! I appreciate your feedback.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 09, 2013:

A lot of work put in this. Very good and interesting! Professional looking.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 07, 2013:

Thanks, habee! That's awesome. :)

Holle Abee from Georgia on May 07, 2013:

Beautiful hub! Fall is my favorite time of year, a great time to get out and take some colorful pics. Voted up!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 05, 2013:

Thanks, raydevlin! Any sort of creativity block is always frustrating. Hopefully this article will keep the ideas flowing for a lot of photographers. Warm pastel colors are a great option for fall. Thanks for sharing!

Ray Devlin from Houston, Texas on May 04, 2013:

Great article - very comprehensive - "photographers-block" can be so frustrating! Warm pastel colors always work well too!


Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 03, 2013:

Thanks so much, Ingenira!

Ingenira on May 03, 2013:

These are excellent ideas for Autumn photography. I like especially the idea of leafy fight, with the colourful leaves flying around.

Voted up and twitted.