7 awesome ideas for your fall family photo session | Why you can skip the Pinterest-perfect set-up

The smell of crisp air and the sound of leaves crunching under your feet.  Rainbows of mums in purple, yellow, and orange.  Pumpkins.  (And by pumpkins I mean pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread and pumpkin-flavored coffee.  Oh, and pumpkin donuts.  Can't forget those.)

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Fall is my FAVORITE season and currently it's creeping ever closer.

When I explain to people how I create empowering images of families by documenting their real everyday lives, I often get in response "But what would we DO?  We're kinda boring."

Hear me now: It's not about WHAT YOU DO as a family.  It's about WHO YOU ARE as a family.  Those interactions and your family dynamic will shine through whether your taking a trip to Costco or a trip to Longwood Gardens.

So dig deep, my friend.  What are your fall traditions?  What do you enjoy doing together as a family? 

Here are seven ideas to get you started.

 1.  Apples

Every fall we go apple picking and then make yummy homemade applesauce.  In actuality, the kids pick about five apples each and then run around the orchard like maniacs while I fill and schlep the baskets.  And if it's still really hot, they whine.  But it's all worth it for those five minutes of true excitement they have for yanking fruit off a tree.

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2. Fire camps

A couple of years ago my youngest referred to camp fires as "fire camps" and that term has stuck with us.  Marshmallows, s'mores, hot dogs.  Who doesn't love a good ole' camp fire?!

3. Hikes

This year instead of having pictures of your family just looking pretty at the park, document your family EXPLORING the park.  Preserve an adventure.

4. Bikes.

I admit that I am not a bicycle person.  I'm a wannabe bicycle person for what it's worth.  But bike-riding is a past time for many families and it's totally fun to photograph.  So if that's your jam, go for it.

5. Breads and Pastries

Tis the season of pumpkin muffins, apple pies and cookies galore.  In our house the kids are always on board for whipping up some treats.

6. Playgrounds

Keep it simple and head to your favorite playground.  Pack a picnic.  Let the good times roll.

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7. Pumpkins

A trip to the local pumpkin patch is high up on most kids' fun-meter.  And what happens to the pumpkin once it's home can be a blast as well.  We've carved, painted, glued on, Sharpied, smashed, and hammered golf tees into our fall squash.  How do you decorate yours?

Ready to create your own meaningful fall family session?  I'm here to help you brainstorm.

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