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Fall Autumn Photography Props and Photo Shoot Ideas

Updated on September 26, 2016
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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.

Props and Photo Shoot Ideas for the Fall
Infants, Toddlers, and Children
Families
Engagement and Couples
Pregnancy and Maternity
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. | Source

Infants, Toddlers, and Children

  • 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.
  • In a wagon.
  • In an apple barrel. Consider scattering apples around and/or in the barrel to complete the aesthetic.
  • (for babies) 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. | Source

Tip: Consider bringing some props on location with you. For example, bring an old suitcase for people to sit on in the woods or at the park.

Families

  • 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. Again, 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 photo shoot.
  • Having a leaf fight. Mix up the end of a photo session by letting everyone have a little fun.

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Engagement and Couples

  • Among the changing leaves on the trees or on 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.

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Maternity or Pregnancy

  • 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.

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Colorful leaves continue to be a popular theme for virtually any type of fall photography shoot, including wedding shoots.

Weddings

  • 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 photo shoot, but they seem to be particularly popular during the fall.

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      Ingenira 4 years ago

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

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Ingenira!

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      Ray Devlin 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

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

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      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!

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, habee! That's awesome. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

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

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Jackie! I appreciate your feedback.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      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.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      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.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      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.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      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.

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      FreezeFrame34 3 years ago from Charleston SC

      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!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      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.

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      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.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      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.

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yes, for sure, Shasta! Thanks so much!

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      Gloria Siess 8 months ago from Northern California

      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

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