13 Sep


A Guide to Family-Friendly Fall Activities

Fall is making its way across the country and it’s the perfect season to get some extra family time with family-friendly fall activities.

As a mom and family photographer, I often find myself reaching for my professional camera, but let’s face it, most of our day-to-day memories are captured on our trusty smartphones. So, let’s embrace it! Fall, with its vibrant colors and cozy ambiance, is a treasure trove of memories waiting to be captured. 

Here are some fun, family-friendly activities you can do this Fall to capture those special moments right on your phone. At the end of the list I have a fun Fall Family Bucket list that’s perfect to do with your family, and if you keep scrolling, you’ll get some inspo for a family fall session! Click here if you’re interested in booking a family session this 2023 season– dates are filling up fast1 




Family-Friendly Fall Activities


Leaf Pile Jumping: Remember the joy of jumping into a pile of crisp fall leaves? Rake up a heap in your backyard and let the kids have at it. Capture the joyous mid-air poses and candid laughter with your phone’s burst mode.

Pumpkin Carving Session: Whether it’s a classic jack-o’-lantern or a quirky family portrait, pumpkin carving is a great bonding activity. Document the process, from choosing the perfect pumpkin to showcasing the final creation with candlelight inside.

DIY Fall Photo Booth: Set up a simple backdrop with autumn leaves, hay bales, and some props like scarves and hats. Have a family photoshoot session. Using your phone’s portrait mode can give those photos an extra pop!

Apple Orchard Adventures: Visit a local apple orchard. Not only can you pick fresh apples, but orchards often provide picturesque scenes of rows of trees and wooden carts. Capture the kids biting into fresh apples or candid moments as they choose their favorite ones.

Nature Walks: Take a family hike or a simple nature walk. The fall foliage offers a stunning backdrop, perfect for impromptu family portraits. Use apps like VSCO or Snapseed to enhance the natural colors in your photos.

Fall Baking Day: Whether it’s apple pie, pumpkin muffins, or cinnamon cookies, a day of baking fills the home with delightful aromas and presents numerous photo opportunities. Capture the mess, the fun, and the final products!

Sunset Silhouettes: Fall sunsets are often brilliant with oranges, purples, and reds. Position your family between your phone and the setting sun to capture stunning silhouette photos.

Cozy Indoors: As the temperatures drop, warm indoor activities become more appealing. Think board game nights, reading sessions by the fireplace, or DIY crafts. Capture these warm moments with soft lighting to evoke the cozy feeling.

Harvest Festivals: These local events usually feature fun activities like hayrides, corn mazes, and craft stalls. It’s an excellent opportunity to capture candid moments, from the excitement of a hayride to the concentration on your child’s face as they navigate the maze.

Costume Parades: If your family loves dressing up for Halloween, hold a mini costume parade in your living room or backyard. Capture the fun poses, the detailed costumes, and the joy in everyone’s eyes.


A Few Quick Tips for taking photos of these family-friendly fall activities:

  • Remember to clean your phone’s camera lens for clearer photos.
  • Use natural light as much as possible. It’s always the most flattering.
  • Don’t forget the video option! Sometimes, a short clip can capture the essence of a moment more than a still photo.


Fall is a season brimming with magic, nostalgia, and warmth. While our smartphones may not replace professional cameras, they’re always within arm’s reach, ready to seize those fleeting moments. This Fall, embrace the spontaneity, explore these activities, and fill your phone’s gallery with cherished memories.

And if you ever need some inspiration or tips on capturing the perfect shot with your phone, reach out! After all, it’s the memories that matter, not the device we use to capture them. 

For the FREE, Fall Family Bucket List, click the image below, pop your name and email in and get it delivered straight to your inbox! P.s. The bucket list has different activities than the blog post!

Happy Fall! 🍁🍂




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