10 Creative Ideas For Fall Family Photos That Aren’t Basic

The leaves are changing colours atop the trees. The smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. Fall is here, and it’s the perfect opportunity to wrangle the crew and get outside for beautiful fall family photos

If there are young children in the family, getting everyone organized and on the same page at the same time is your first obstacle. Your next obstacle is making sure your fall family photos are original, representative of your family, and worthy of hanging on the wall year-round. Make your family photo shoot about your family and your family’s interests, not the colours of the season. Fall comes every year, but if you have children, it’s their ever-changing looks you’ll want to capture, not just the change of season.

Done right, seasonal photos can become timeless treasures to share for years to come. LittleThings has put together 10 creative ideas for your family’s fall photos that will help your photos stand out from the rest.

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1. Bring in the Props

Props add a special something to a photo. Pumpkins and haystacks are the obvious fall choice for props, but think outside of the box. Do your kids play a certain sport? Break out the sports gear for the photo shoot. Does your family love to watch movies together? Think of a film theme. 

Two props that are universal to memorable photos are signs and balloons. Write your family’s name or a cute and funny quote on a decorative chalkboard sign and hold it up as a family in your photo. Balloons are also a fun, colourful, and simple addition to help liven up family photos. You don’t need to overdo the props, and you don’t need to stick to a fall colour scheme. Have fun with it!

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2. Be Natural and Have Fun

I don’t know about you, but my kids don’t exactly sit still on a neatly laid blanket in an open field, all while smiling and directly facing forward. Sure, it all makes for a perfect photo, but families aren’t perfect. No two families are alike, and their pictures shouldn’t be either.

Walk, dance, play, interact, and have fun with each other. You want the photos to be representative of your family and all of the personalities in it. Stiff, traditional poses are common for a reason, but natural scenarios end up being the best shots deserving of a spot on the living room wall.

3. Switch Up the Angle

Your professional photographer is more open to your direction than you might think. When you talk to your photographer about your photo shoot, mention that you want to buck the tradition of straight-on photos. Get creative with it. 

Eye-level angles make for a more intimate point of view. High-angle shots can include more of the beautiful outdoor fall scenery in your shot. There’s also titled angles and long shots for an edgier perspective. It’s all about what’s fitting for your family.

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4. Add an Action Shot

Action shots aren’t just reserved for sports photography. If your kids are hardly sitting still, take advantage of that and get a cool shot in motion. Make sure your photographer has plenty of advanced notice that you want action shots. They require lots of camera memory and a photographer willing to capture them — and possibly with some experience in doing so.

Family photo shoots are tiring enough as it is, so don’t feel the need to spend the whole session in motion. Just welcome the opportunity to get in a few good ones.

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5. Match Outfits, If You Must, but Be Unique

Matching outfits are the epitome of the fall family photo shoot and family photo shoots in general. The white shirt and khakis are starting to become more like a family uniform, unfortunately. Sure, coordinating colours and matching outfits help ensure the photo looks put together, but it’s time to rethink this tradition.

Instead of the uniform white shirt and matching khakis or jeans, get colourful. Wear floral headwear, matching patterns, or even graphic shirts.

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6. Don’t Match At All

Skip matching altogether and simply wear what looks good. Instead of matching outfits, you might focus on things like your home decor. Where’s the best place for this photo to live on the wall? Now coordinate the decor and colour scheme to fit, not match, the outfits you wear.

7. Head Into the City

It’s fall, and the trees are beautiful, and the weather is crisp. The natural lighting in the fall is also usually pretty amazing. Why not be outdoors? That doesn’t mean that you have to be in the grass and in the leaves. For a totally different type of fall photo, head into the city. The concrete, the buildings, and the people make underrated backdrops where the focus is still on your family.

8. Don’t Forget the Family Pet

Our pets are a part of the family. They love the outdoors. Bring them along, and let their playful nature lighten the mood of the family photo shoot. If they’ll agree to wear a bow or a bow tie, bonus!

9. Embrace Fall at a Rustic Location

When you think fallen leaves, haystacks, and pumpkins, you think fall. They’re seasonal. Your family photos are meant to be timeless. The rustic theme, however, looks good year-round. Cabins and barns make great rustic locations for photos. Rugged benches, such as the ones often found in forest preserves, will work too.

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10. Vary the Background

Play with shapes and lines by moving some family members to the background and some to the front. Shortest to tallest is an easy way to decide, but arrange a few shots where the parents get to shine in the front, too.

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Moving the setting to a beautiful wide-open space is another way to vary the background — if you’re lucky enough to live close to one. Don’t worry that it will take the focus off your beautiful family. A good photographer knows just how to capture the beauty of the landscape while emphasizing the love between the subjects at the focal point.

5 Tips for Taking Family Photos in the Summer

After almost a decade as a family photographer, I have seen it all from epic meltdowns to picture-perfect dream sessions! Follow these 5 tips for taking summer family photos to make things a bit easier!

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5 Tips for Taking Summer Family Photos

I know first hand how overwhelming taking family photos can be with little ones in tow.  But it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few tips I’ve learned along away to help make the summer photo session more fun and relaxed!

Tip #1: Dress Cool

The first of the 5 tips for taking summer family photos might be the most important!

While layers can be so cute, we all know the summer heat is absolutely brutal. Mommas, try a flowing dress like this!

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Short sleeves or rolled up sleeves for dad is great!

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Taking photos in the summer is the best excuse to put the girls in beautiful, light summer dresses and sandals!

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Shorts and short sleeves for the boys is perfect!

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There is nothing worse than feeling so uncomfortable in the heat so try your best to find something light, comfy and cute!

Tip #2: Plan out the color scheme

My second tip for taking family photos in the summer is to really think through your outfit colors.

Think about where you want to display the photos. If you have a neutral vibe with the photos, they will look good in every room! If you have a navy and gray living room and know you want to display the photos there, consider incorporating navy into your photos to match!

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Taking photos in the fall?  Check out our fall outfit inspiration here!

Tip #3: Timing is everything!

I never fully understood the importance of a mini session until having kids. Now I totally get it!

Try doing a mini-session, 20 minutes or less, to keep the meltdowns at bay. Your little ones will have a better chance of holding it together for 10 – 20 minutes. Especially in the summer heat, you’ll be glad you did a shorter session.

Another important tip for taking summer family photos is to consider doing the session in the morning or late afternoon!

With the sun setting around 7 pm or later during the summer, you might find yourself trying to do photos during prime “witching hour” if you do an evening session.

Tip #4: Arrive early, fed & happy

My fourth tip for taking summer family photos is to make sure to arrive early for your photo session! Corralling your family in your Sunday’s best is tough enough so don’t add the stress of being late. Give yourself a 30-minute buffer if you have to! Do whatever it takes to arrive early so you don’t add on the stress of being late and missing time during your session.

Also, you’ll want to eat ahead of time! Nothing is worse than a hungry toddler … or husband! Am I right?! Make sure everyone is happy and fed so that all you have to do is play and love on each other during the session!

I know not everyone is for bribes during sessions but fruit gummies really are the only thing that gives us a fighting chance with our toddler. If you know there is something that will motivate your little one, bring it!

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Tip #5: Don’t sweat the small stuff

I mean this quite literally! We all know it can get quite sweaty in Hong Kong but don’t worry about it. Dab it if you can and move on! It most likely won’t show up in your photos.

Also, don’t worry about the small stuff! Relax, have fun, and just embrace your crazy life! I know my life with two little ones right now is ridiculous! 9 times out of 10 they are screaming in the photos we try to take off one of them with my big camera. For real, we took our Easter photos with us smiling and Kayla in the background screaming! It was hilarious. I could get frustrated but I know it’s just life right now! She won’t be like this forever! I just try my best to distract her and have fun.  Eventually, she warms up and we at least get a couple!

Also, kids tend to feed off of your energy. If you are rushed and stressed, it could affect them more than you think. Odds are that if you are calm and having fun, they will too!

I hope these 5 tips for taking summer family photos help make your session a total success! You got this!

Cheering for you always!

So much love from our family to yours!

Best Tips For Parents To Take Family Photos

Working as a pro photographer has taught me many things in my career and one thing that I get asked the most from my clients, especially parents, is what tips I have for parents to help them take family photos themselves that turn out ok. Because of this, I’ve decided to create this ultimate family portrait guide on how parents, like yourself, can take stunning family photos that you can be proud to hang on the wall. Let’s get started.

Family Photo 101: Best Advice For Taking Family Photos

      1. Understanding Your Camera Features Better

Almost everyone has a camera, but I believe not everyone knows the features their camera holds and how these functions can help improve your photos when used correctly.  So, take the time to learn about your camera and its features. Take practice shots to get a feel of it and to figure out what each setting can do.

You’ll be thankful you did. Remember, the last thing you want is to miss out on the perfect shot because you were too busy learning about your camera right there and then. You should know the difference between the shutter speed and aperture.

      2. It’s Alright to Use Your Camera Settings

I’ll admit not everyone will be able to memorise what each setting does. It’s why cameras also come with the P mode with automatic settings. P stands for Programmed Automatic. You don’t have to feel bad about it. In fact, using it can help you learn more about your camera especially if you’re a newbie to a DLSR. However, you’re not completely on autopilot as you still have control over the following features.

      3. The Light is Your Best Friend

Light is what will make or break your shot. Moreover, don’t depend on the flash to give you the light you need. My advice to you is to use natural sunlight unless you can afford to purchase a pro lighting equipment.

      4. Keep the Atmosphere Light

In my experience, children aren’t happy when they’re forced to do something. Moreover, it shows on their faces. Regardless of how big their smiles might be. So, in as much as you want to take a great family photo, my advice is to keep the shoot casual and stress-free.

      5. Have Fun and Be Creative

In my opinion, the best family photos happen when you’re having fun. As a result, the images are natural and happy. No one has that pained look on their faces. In fact, I’ve done a lot of shoots wherein families break tradition and get creative.


Photos are a great way to record your family’s life. In my experience, the fun is what makes them extra special when you recall the exact moment you captured each one. So, I’m certain you’ll be prouder to show them off to everyone. Are you ready to take great family photos?

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Clothing & Styling Guide for A Family Photography Session

Photography is something personal. Especially if it is a family portrait, as they convey emotions which never changes against the tide of time. They always hold a great importance even if decades passed.

Children grow up so fast. And family portrait really helps you preserve memory for the whole family. Just think about it, just by looking at the childhood pictures of you and your siblings, it will probably bring a smile to your face, as you will remember those moments when the picture was taken. There may be lots of stories behind that picture; you might remember your little brother just felt off the water while you were catching fish at the river…. All these little things would just pop up when we look at an old family photos.

Okay, so now that you have decided to go ahead and book a family photography session, and you are worried on what to wear for the day. Well there is no reason to be worried; we are here to help you!

What to wear in your next Family Photo Shoot

Deciding what to wear in a family photography session might be a big challenge for some of the parents. It is true that your selections of clothes take an important role. If you could pair the outfits perfectly among family members, you might have halfway succeeded in getting a superb family photo done.

1.Colour Matching

As said earlier, coordination of clothes plays a key role in family pictures. That’s why, while taking a family picture, one should take a special consideration to choose what clothes to wear and what clothes to avoid.
The fact is, it’s not about clothing of one particular person but as whole of the group. The clothes of each of the individuals should complement each other. You should, coordinate colours but not matching exact same colour for each individual member. Instead, try wearing few colours that can fit into a same colour scheme.
When picking outfits, it will be easier to find a centre stage pieces from female clothing. So I would advise to start from the ladies and try picking clothes for the boys that go well with them.

2.Patterns and Logos

Moderate patterns can be good, in adding textures and personality. Try to avoid busy patterns at all cost, they are distracting and take away your focus point from subjects. You can also try doing just one person with moderate pattern, and the rest of the family in plain, solid colour. Or another option would be, for all of them to wear subtle patterns and in soft colour.
Besides patterns, logos / graphic / brand name would be best to avoid as well. Not only they are distracting (viewers will most likely notice the Nike / Adidas logo before seeing the adorable face of your little ones), with them in the portrait the photo will dated quickly. It is easy to spot your outfits belongs to the 90s with that Gap jeans you were wearing (for the same reason please try to avoid obvious fashion trends too).
Most of the time we prefer clothing that will give us a timeless style.

3.Adding Textures

Layers and textures also play a vital role in a photo.
For example, let’s say in a family portrait, a toddler is wearing an embroidered sweater. Even if there are other people involved, the eye will more often than not go to that little kid who is wearing that sweater. This type of details makes a picture unique with its own accord.
Smocking, ribbons, lace and crochet, they all are different material and present different textures to the viewers. Use them wisely; matching them with soft colour is a brilliant way to start with.
We totally love using multiple textures and layers, especially in winter, as the temperature permits us to dress in more layers. This added depth and dimension to the overall texture of the portrait.


Accessories are good to show off the personality of an individual. Hats and scarves are good in attracting eyes. Jewellery, flowers are some extra options for the girls. Accessories also help you adding layers to the photos, but don’t get carried away and overdo it. Accessories are meant to compliment the subjects, but not to be taken as the centre stage.
Another use of accessories is to change them up abit during the shoot, that would give you multiple looks without changing different outfits. For example you can have a few photos with a scarf on, and a few photos without that scarf but having a hat on you. Doing mix and match with accessories can do wonder to your photos sometimes.
One more great use would be to add something that the family members can interact with. Like your toddlers wearing mummy’s hat or scarves, wrapping them over their faces, that would be a cute portrait. Or even sharing a big scarf between siblings, that would produce a warm scene to shoot with.

5.Tight pants / clothes in a photoshoot

They can look good sometimes, but I would suggest avoiding tight clothing on children. This will prevent them from moving freely and eventually they will lose patience during the session. Letting them choose their own outfits, or help deciding on clothing is a great idea to get them involved in the preliminary stage of the shoot. Children who helped dressing themselves tend to be happier in the shoot.


Please don’t wear sneakers, unless they go super well with the theme / feel of the shoo (and most of the time they don’t). A pair of nice boot or colourful ballet flats will be great choice. They can tie everything together and bring a complete sense of feel to the whole session.
A lot of times wearing No-Shoes can look best, especially if you having an outdoor session in a natural habitat. Think about it, when you posing for a shot, seated on the meadow, very likely the bottom of the shoes can be seen, in this case we would really prefer bare feet than shoes bottom 🙂


Props are another way to bring dynamic into a picture. Props can be anything. For example, for a small kid, holding a basket of flowers could also be a prop. Or something that holds meaning to the family, like a vintage radio that grandpa used to use, or the kids’ favourite stuffed toys (brining toys for toddler would also help calming them in the session).
But you have to be careful when choosing props. The prop can actually enhance picture if it is done right. But it also can ruin the picture if you don’t know how to use them well. Props should be subtle; never should they be the centre of focus.

So these are the tips we have given to you about clothing and styling of your next family photo shoot. If you want a personal advice on this, feel free to email or pm us via our contact page!

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Christmas Wonderland 2016 Family Portrait Session

Christmas has always been the best season for family portrait.  This year we held a few events with our friends, one being a Winter Wanderland which is a charity function for minority families, and another one is with Rumple and Friends doing a superb Christmas theme party for kids.  This event is called Christmas Wonderland, kids would first join us to make a wishlist card sending to North Pole to father Santa.  After that they got to meet Santa himself for some fun and beautiful Christmas Family Photo !


Christmas Portrait Setup


I particularly love the backdrop, look at the warm sunlight, go so well with the whole theme!


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Christmas Photo with Napping Family 🙂


Definitely the youngest in our event

Such a Lovely Christmas Family Photo

Can I Use the Christmas Wonderland 2016 Family Portrait Session Ideas for My Own Christmas Family Portrait?

Looking to capture the festive spirit in your Christmas family portrait? Look no further than the Christmas Wonderland 2016 Family Portrait Session Ideas. These ideas offer a plethora of inspiration, from cozy winter outfits to innovative props, ensuring your festive Christmas photo ideas come to life. So go ahead, embrace the magic and create a memorable family portrait that will be cherished for years to come.


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