Five Fun Fall Family Photo Ideas

It’s that time of year again: family photo time. You know, the time where we all scramble to get a photo for this year’s holiday cards. It makes total sense, with all the color from the changing leaves and the perfect weather, fall is a great time to get a beautiful family photo (and since photos can be stressful, we’ll take all the help we can get, right?). 

While fall provides great scenery for family photos, it’s the activities we do as a family that makes fall memorable. I grew up in the Bronx, so farms were not something we saw often. However, every year, we would make the trek upstate to go apple picking. Wagon rides, petting zoos, and tree climbing were just a few things that made us look forward to this tradition (not to mention all the baking we did when we got back. #alltheappleecrisp) .

Fall activities are great opportunities to take memorable family photos of authentic moments (no prompts required). So this year, consider opting for family photos during your next fall outing. Here are five fun and casual fall family photo ideas in the Rochester, NY area to get you started:

1.  Apple Picking

Apple picking is a fun and festive fall activity that provides plenty of treasured memories. As your little’s pick apples while on your shoulders, the memories of laughter and happiness will be ones you cherish forever. You can even snag a quick posed family photo in the center of the aisle if you want! 

2. Pumpkin Patch

Photos in the pumpkin patch is a great option for kids who love to explore and need room to run.  Plus, there are usually hayrides and games for you to do as a family which provide great photo variety and opportunities for true connection.

3. Wickham Farms

Wickham Farms is a fall staple here in Rochester– families love it and so do photographers. Outside of the typical portrait areas Wickham has to offer, why not think outside the box regarding photo opportunities? Take some portraits in the corn pit, play with bubbles,  the bounce on the jump pillow, and more. End the day with an apple cider slushie and you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time as a family and leave with meaningful photos.  

4. Visit Mendon Ponds Park

I am a firm believer that Mendon Ponds Park is magical. Between hiking the fairy trail and feeding birds right out of your hands, the photos you can get are nothing short of a fairytale. Not to mention, if you need a posed family photos, you won’t lack the opportunity with all the stunning landscapes you have available to you. 

5. Powers Farm Market in Fairport

Powers Farm Market, is another fall staple here in Rochester. Between the petting zoo, apple cider donuts, infamous teepee, and haunted trail ride, there are plenty great activities and moments to to experience, plus the fall colors will be amazing.

Hope these fall session ideas will spark some ideas the next time you are planning your family photos. Having photos taking during a fun family outings will guarantee everyone has a great time and you leave with photos that you will cherish forever. If you decide you want to have family photos taken at your next fall outing, be sure to contact me, I’ll would love to talk to you about how I can create meaningful family photos for your family.


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