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20 Beautiful Fall Photos, Plus How to Take Great Shots of Your Kids

Fall’s colorful foliage provides an extraordinarily beautiful backdrop for your children’s cherubic faces. Here are some tips on how to capture great fall photos – like the ones below – of your kids:

  • Use an interesting angle. 1 of 20
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    The way the photographer is laying down at the same height as her subject captures the spinning quality of the falling leaves.

    Photo credit: Flickr user Tanya Little

  • Another shot with an interesting angle. 2 of 20
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    Love how this shot is taken from below, not only because it captures the subject peeking out over the leaf pile, but it also highlights the monochromatic quality of the leaves/her hair/her shirt/more leaves.

    Photo credit: Flickr user sugarfrizz

  • Use the rule of thirds. 3 of 20
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    When composing your photo, place the subject in one third of the photograph on the left or right side, like in this photo. It really draws the viewer into the action.

    Photo credit: Flickr user Allan Henderson

     

  • Use a monochromatic color scheme. 4 of 20
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    I love the way this baby's sweater pops off the yellow background!

    Photo credit: Flickr user Nathan Put-Fernandez

  • Another monochromatic shot. 5 of 20
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    Love this sea of red with mother and child dressed in red in the center.

    Photo credit: Flickr user Kei Noguchi

  • Dress your child in earth tones. 6 of 20
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    The brown in this outfit makes the green grass and yellow leaves look super bright, not to mention the baby's blond hair.

    Photo credit: Flickr user Janice Cullivan

  • Use contrasting colors. 7 of 20
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    The sky blue of this baby's ball and jacket really sing in contrast to all those warm orange leaves.

    Photo credit: Flickr user Joseph Choi

  • Get down on their level. 8 of 20
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    When shooting babies and toddlers, it's important to get down on their level so we're not looking at them from way above.

    Photo credit: Flickr user Lauren Fritts

  • Dress babies in their finest. 9 of 20
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    Why save a baby's dress clothes for special occasions when they're going to grow out of them so quickly? The fancy bow here juxtaposed with the crunchy leaves is adorable.

    Photo credit: Flickr user Ryan and Sarah Deeds

  • Take action shots! 10 of 20
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    You don't have to have the most advanced camera in the world to get a great action shot. Even a 5MP lens will do the trick. Just keep clicking til you capture the perfect moment!

    Photo credit: Flickr user OakleyOriginals

  • Mid-air shots are a major score. 11 of 20
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    Depending on your camera's shutter speed, you may have to click when they start running toward the leaf pile in order to get a shot when your kids are mid-air. Since I'm sure they'll jump into the leaf pile more than once, play around with your timing until you get it right.

    Photo credit: Flickr user lecates

  • Allow the sun to create cool shadows. 12 of 20
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    If you don't want your photos to be blown out, never stand facing the sun while you shoot (unless you really know what you're doing). I love this photo, above, for several reasons. Not only is mom in it having fun (yay!), but the shadow of her jumping on the leaf pile is priceless. The trees in the background are beautiful, too.

    Photo credit: Flickr user Ryan and Sarah Deeds

  • Try to capture candid smiles. 13 of 20
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    This photo is the perfect half-posed, half-candid shot. It looks as if the photographer called this girl's name and she just turned and smiled without overthinking how she'd look. A great way to capture your kid's essence.

    Photo credit: Flickr user Ryan and Sarah Deeds

  • Encourage your kids to be silly. 14 of 20
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    Natural light is great, but sometimes using your flash on a fall evening produces terrific results, like in this photo.

    Photo credit: Flickr user Sharon Mollerus

  • Ask your child to throw leaves in the air. 15 of 20
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    Not that you'll even have to ask, but falling leaves always look stunning in photos.

    Photo credit: Flickr user Ryan Scott

  • Take close-ups while your kids are playing. 16 of 20
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    What a great brother-sister shot!

    Photo credit: Flickr user Michael R Stoller Jr

  • Take wide shots while your kids are playing. 17 of 20
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    You never know what spontaneous moment you might freeze in time! (Note: this photo also uses the rule of thirds.)

    Photo credit: Flickr user Seth Lemmons

  • Play with focus. 18 of 20
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    If you don't have a fancy camera that will allow you to adjust the focal point of the shot from fore to background, you can always create an effect like this using an online photo editor like PicMonkey.

    Photo credit: Flickr user Seth Lemmons

  • Take photos after they play. 19 of 20
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    It's always nice to photograph a perfectly clean outfit, but there's something so charming about the little bits of leaf on this girl's sweater, as well as her pink, flushed cheeks.

    Photo credit: Flickr user Jewel

  • Let your kids do all the work. 20 of 20
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    This photo of my daughter (age 3 in 2008) happened organically when she just walked up to the lens to say hi while I was shooting the leaves.

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