5 Ideas for Autumn Themed Family Photoshoots

October 07, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

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Do you or your family have any traditions that take place in autumn? We all love the thought of capturing such moments on our phones, but sometimes it feels really nice to be a part of those photos yourself. Seasons come and go, but memories in photographs are forever.

To me, autumn is the best time of the year for photos, not only because of the gorgeous scenery, but also because of the holidays and traditions I get to share with families. If you’ve booked a photoshoot with me and aren’t sure where to start, perhaps I can help. Here are 5 ideas for an autumn themed family photoshoot.

Back to School

That first day or week of going back to school is a big deal for families. Many take photos of their kids all ready with the backpacks and either their big grins or frowns holding a sign, which has their name, age, and what grade they are going into, and sometimes little extras too. 

Why not get these types of family photos professionally shot each year? It saves you the trouble of trying to get your phone angled exactly right. You can be in the photos too, with your big yahoo grin that the kids are going back. Maybe you can get a picture taken of you waving from the front door, then a picture of you in your pajamas while on the couch or your favourite armchair holding a glass of wine. 

There is so much you can do to make back to school creative for you and your family. Why not get the photo of the kids coming home from their first day (providing it goes smoothly)? They may have been grinning to go there but frowning coming home or vice versa.

Fun with Leaves

A nice fall family photo can be messy if you want it to be! Vancouver BC is filled to the brim with parks where all the browning leaves are on the ground. Leaves can be fun for the whole family! Run through the leaves, play with them, or roll around in them. The bonus part is knowing there are professional family photos being taken while you’re busy having fun. 


There are so many things you can do with this holiday that many don’t even realize. Ideas are in as much abundance as the holiday itself! You could do a costumed shoot (if you’re bold), getting someone dressed up as a turkey, or just ask for a simple round-the-table dinner shoot.

You may have a tradition you do every year such as going around the table saying what you are thankful for. Why not create a photoshoot around that idea? Perhaps you all wear ugly sweaters for fun; you can have a shoot sitting around the fireplace, or somewhere in the living room, or maybe in the back yard. 

Food is a big to-do when it comes to Thanksgiving. I’m sure your family has their own special secret recipe that everyone can’t wait to eat. Why not do a mini shoot of the cooks in the kitchen? Show the appreciation of all the hard work they do putting together such a big and delicious meal. 

Pumpkin Patch or Corn Maze? Maybe Both?

If you are already planning trips to the local pumpkin patch and corn maze, you can turn these outings into family photoshoots. That means you don’t have to worry about being the photographer yourself; you get to be in the pictures too and have a lot more fun! Getting photos of you and your family trying to navigate a corn maze can be super exciting, especially if your hired professional photographer gets lost with you. 

The pumpkin patch can be especially fun. Try to find the biggest pumpkin in the patch; can the whole family fit around it? Or find the smallest ones and have your little ones hold them up to the camera for some beautiful and precious photos. 


This is the family holiday that really puts the care in scare. A photoshoot for Halloween doesn’t have to be just in costume (although those in and of themselves can be extremely fun and creative!). If you all like scary movies, why not do a shoot around that? Whether it be reactions to you watching a scary movie (which can be super entertaining for all), or creating your own little horror film through a series of photographs, the possibilities are endless. You just have to get creative, and being spooky helps too. 

There’s no shortage of fun to be had while getting beautifully shot photos of you and your family. Would you like to celebrate the season with me? Contact me if you’d like to book a photoshoot. The memories you can make this time of the year are priceless and worth capturing. Maybe it’s time you got a professional’s touch so you can be a part of them!

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