Fall themed Photography Ideas!

It's that time of year, School is back, which means School pictures. I know both as a mother and former student that school pictures aren't always the best looking. & Its so easy to do it yourself, 
fall themed photography.

 PUMPKIN PATCH THEME (Younger children)
             First, Most of us are going to get pumpkins for carving anyway right? So if you go, go ahead and grab the camera. First make sure its alright with the pumpkin patch that you take some photographs, stress you are there to get some pumpkins too. I find most (at least in my area) don't mind one bit.

          Second, if you have really young, (toddler) aged children, LET THEM RUN. (If its a safe zone.) Don't make the younger children pose for the photographs, Children I find are best photographed doing the natural things that children do. Be themselves.

         Third- Don't be afraid to get "odd" angles and shots. Get down to the pumpkin level, get down on your knees, get dirty. You might be surprised how well the photographs can turn out if you think outside the box. Do the funny face shots, do the cute looks, the odd shots. if you don't like them, well its a lesson learned. :)

         Fourth, bring some props, like a cute Halloween book. It can't hurt. Use the pumpkins, and the hay to your needs. Don't be afraid. HAVE FUN.

© Kathleen Dorman Photography
© Kathleen Dorman Photography

© Kathleen Dorman Photography

(I haven't done this with Apple picking, but I am sure this would work there too.)

LEAF PILES 
                  If you have trees in your yard, my guess is that you are going to have to either rake, or use a leaf blower them into a pile. :) Again, another great photo op for younger children! They have so much fun, and will remember the day. Children naturally love playing in leaves, so why not use it to make some precious photographs of your child?
      Same Idea applies as The Pumpkin patch. Have fun with it. Think outside of the box. Enjoy it. Make them laugh and giggle, or just let them go. Give them the rake, let them have fun.

© Kathleen Dorman Photography

© Kathleen Dorman Photography

© Kathleen Dorman Photography

© Kathleen Dorman Photography

© Kathleen Dorman Photography

For teens and older children, ideal places are wooden areas. Natural backdrops, Trees, Lakes, ect ect. And let the personality of the children/teen shine through. Let them make their own poses, (yeah I know the duck-face pose is a big one with them.) Its easy to let them do the poses they want first and then ask them for the pose you would like. Teenage couples are an easy way to get them to agree to the shots too. Do some as couples and some singles. that way everyone's happy. 



  • What are your tips and tricks?



-post written by Kathleen Dorman