Looking for some fun fall photo ideas?
Fall is, hands-down, one of the most beautiful times of year to take photos. There is no doubt that the changing colors and morning haze make perfectly photogenic landscapes. But, sometimes, it can be hard to come up with photo concepts and poses.
Lucky for you, we’re seasoned (pun intended) fall photoshoot enthusiasts over here. Here are 27 fall photo ideas Instagram will love.
How Prepare For Your Fall Photoshoot
First, let’s go over the fall photo basics.
To prepare for your fall photoshoot,
- Charge all your camera gear — even if it’s just your iPhone! You can find all the best budget camera for travel here.
- Learn the basics of photography to bring your fall photos to the next level.
- Learn a how to pose in your fall photos.
- Check to see when fall colors peak in your area and plan your photoshoot accordingly.
- Find a warm, cozy fall outfit. It will keep you warm and double as a photo prop! Don’t forget gloves if it’s going to be cold.
Fall Photo Ideas Instagram Will Love
1. Hold A Leaf In Front Of Your Face
Pick up a colorful, freshly fallen leaf and hold it in front of your face. This will add foreground and depth to the photo. Plus, it’s adorable.
2. Run Through Colorful Trees
Often, all it takes is a quick drive down the street or to a nearby park to find peak fall colors. Find some colorful trees, and run through them.
3. Stand In The Colorful Trees
Although running is a super unique and dynamic way to pose, so is standing! Stand among the trees and look at around at the scenery. Avoid looking at the camera to add a dramatic, authentic effect.
4. Sit And Look Up At The Leaves
Likewise, you can make this fall photo idea even more simple by sitting under the trees and looking up. This will give off a more tranquil, peaceful fall photo vibe.
5. Pose In Front Of A White Picket Fence (Fall Photo Ideas Instagram)
Next, find an aesthetically pleasing fence, such as a clean white picket fence, that is surrounded by fall colors. Pose in front of it for a majestic all-American fall photo.
(By the way, hats make great fall photo props, too.)
8. Raise Both Hands
Furthermore, use your arms and hands to mimic the tree branches around you. The following photo is definitely a more dramatic version of this fall photo idea, but you can make it fun and goofy, too.
(Pro tip: take the photo from a lower angle to add a little more drama.)
7. Raise One Hand (Fall Photo Ideas Instagram)
You can also raise one hand. “All in favor of fall, say ‘I’!”
8. Sit In Front Of A Log Pile
If you live outside of a big city, hunt down a nearby log pile to act has a fall photo backdrop.
9. Run Down A Fall-Colored Road (Fall Photo Ideas)
Remember how running makes a surprisingly fantastic photo opp? This time, drive to any road that is surrounded by fall colors. Set up your camera and run down the middle of the road.
10. Sit In The Middle Of A Fall-Colored Road
If running isn’t your cup of tea, you can also take a seat in the middle of the road for a similar fall photo. Of course, remember to watch for cars!
11. Take A Picture With Your Favorite Fall Drink
Speaking of your cup of tea… Chai latte anyone? Or, perhaps, a PSL or hot cocoa? Whichever fall drink is your favorite, it’s sure to make a fun fall photo foreground.
12. Enjoy Friday Night Lights
Who doesn’t love fall FNL? There’s nothing like the smell of concessions snacks and freshly mowed football field on a crisp fall night. Grab your friends and take a memorable football-season photo to post on Instagram.
13. Go Apple Picking (Fall Photo Ideas Instagram)
In addition to Friday Night Lights, apple picking is another iconic fall activity that’s worth photographing. You can take a photo of yourself picking an apple off the tree, walking down the orchard aisle or using the apple as the photo’s foreground.
14. Act Like Isaac Newton
Or, you can pull an Isaac Newton and place the freshly-picked apple right on top of your head. This fall photo idea is sure to make your followers smile!
15. Pose In A Pumpkin Patch (Fall Photo Ideas)
Is it even fall yet if you haven’t visited a pumpkin patch? Stop by your local pumpkin patch to take some fall photos, drink caramel apple cider and pick a pumpkin to carve. (You’ll need a pumpkin for the next fall photo idea.)
16. Pose With Your Carved Pumpkin
This fall photo idea requires a little more work, but the work is fun. Carve a pumpkin and pose for a spooky photo. (Here’s the spookiest Jack-o’-lantern you’ve ever seen… Haha!)
17. Hold A Pumpkin In Front Of Your Head (Fall Photo Ideas)
Otherwise, if you don’t want to go through the trouble of gutting and carving the pumpkin, you could also hold the pumpkin in front of your face for a fun fall photo alternative.
18. Pose By A Corn Field
Similarly, striking a pose in front roadside corn fields makes for super easy, fun fall photo ideas. All you have to do is drive out to the countryside, pull over and snap away.
19. Go To A State Park
Similarly, drive to a nearby state park where you’re likely to find some of the best fall colors in your state. You’re also likely to find some of the best overlooks — beautiful views are definitely a fall photo bonus.
20. Sit On A Bench (Fall Photo Ideas Instagram)
At most state parks, or any park in general, you’re bound to find benches that have impeccable fall views. Set up your camera behind the bench, sit in the bench and take a photo of yourself looking at the scenery.
21. Sit In A Hot Tub With A View
Alternatively, you can sit in a hot tub and take a photo of yourself enjoying the fall tree views from a steamy, relaxing pool.
22. Show Off Your Favorite Fall Outfits (Fall Photo Ideas Instagram)
After relaxing in the hot tub, change into your favorite fall outfit and walk in front of the camera. As simple as it sounds, wearing a sweater and boots is really all you need for a fabulous fall photo.
23. Find A River, Pond Or Lake
Bundle up and go for a quick adventure for this fall photo idea. Find a body of water, whether that be a river, pond or lake, and strike a pose. Bonus points if the fall colors are reflecting over the water in your photos.
24. Hold A Leaf (Fall Photo Ideas Instagram)
If you don’t love showing your face on camera, this fall photo idea is for you. Pick up a perfect (or imperfect) fall-colored leaf and hold it in front of the camera.
25. Capture The Morning Haze
Wake up a little earlier than usual to catch picturesque morning haze. Crisp, hazy mornings are the epitome of refreshing, and, honestly, there’s no better way to capture the sights of autumn.
26. Join The TikTok Ghost Trend
Next, grab an old white sheet, some sunglasses and join TikTok’s ghost trend. This is possibly the cutest-yet-simultaneously-spookiest fall photo idea out there.
27. Find A Hay Bale Stack
Lastly, whether you find one aesthetically set up at a pumpkin patch or merely on the roadside, posing in front of a stack of hay bales will make the perfect transition photo from your summer Instagram feed to your fall Instagram feed.
What month is best for fall photos?
The best month for fall photos is October. In October, fall colors will be peaking, and a lot less photo editing will be required to make the photos look like they were taken in fall.
However, note that peak fall colors differ depending on where you are taking the photos. For example, the farther north you are, the earlier the colors will peak. Likewise, the farther south you are, the later the colors will peak. Some places peak in early October, while other places peak in late October.
So, it’s always best to check your local peak color times when planning your fall photoshoot.
What is the best date for fall photos?
The best date for fall photos depends on where you are located. The farther north you are, the earlier the best date for fall photos (late September to early October). The farther south you are, the later the best date for fall photos (late October to early November).
What time of day is best for fall pictures?
The best time of day for fall pictures is in the morning between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Nothing compares to hazy morning sunlight peeping through the trees and illuminating the bright red, orange and yellow fall colors. If you want to show off the fall colors in their prime, definitely take your fall pictures in the morning.
For reference, the majority of the fall photos pictured in this post were taken before noon.
How should I pose for fall photos?
- Hold a leaf in front of your face.
- Run through the colorful trees.
- Stand in the colorful trees.
- Sit and look up at the leaves.
- Pose in front of a white picket fence.
- Sit in front of a log pile.
- Run down a fall colored road.
- Sit in the middle of a fall colored road.
- Go apple picking.
- Pose in a pumpkin patch.
- Pose with a carved pumpkin.
- Hold a pumpkin in front of your head.
- Pose by a corn field.
- Sit on a bench.
How do you pose with fall leaves?
- Throw the leaves up.
- Throw the leaves toward the camera.
- Lay down in the leaves.
- Hold a leaf in front of your face.
- Hold a leaf in front of the camera.
- Sit and look up at the leaves.
How do you make a picture look more fall-y?
Here are a few quick editing tips to make a picture look more fall-y:
- Drag the green color saturation down to zero or close to zero.
- Drag the green hue toward the yellow end of the spectrum.
- Raise the yellow, orange and/or red color saturations up as desired.
- Be careful not to add too much yellow, orange or red hues to any pictured skin tones.
- Add and/or increase haze where haze and clouds are visible in the photo.
- Increase the photo contrast slightly to make the leaves pop.
- Use colorful leaves as props.
- Wear sweaters, jackets, hats and/or scarves in the photo to serve as props.
You can do all of these edits in most professional photo editing softwares. The best, most common software is Adobe Lightroom. I personally use Lightroom to edit all my photos.
Et voila! Your picture will immediately look more more fall-y
How do you take a picture of yourself in the fall?
There are a few ways to take a picture of yourself in the fall. You can:
- Set up your phone or camera on a tripod and use a shutter remote or self-timer.
- Record a video of yourself and take screenshots.
- Take an outdoor mirror selfie with the sky and colorful leaves in the background.
- Ask a friend or family member to take a photo of you.
Personally, if my husband is around, I just ask him to take a photo for me. I make it as easy and quick as possible for him by setting up the camera and photo framing ahead of time. Then, all he has to do is click! Otherwise, I use a tripod.
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