Fall is one of the most popular times of year to take photos outside.  The brightly coloured leaves of Ottawa in the Fall is the perfect backdrop for fun photos of your children. If you’re planning to head outdoors to take photos of your baby or child(ren) with the beautiful Fall colours I’ve put together a few tips to help you make the most of this gorgeous (yet fleeting!) backdrop.

toddler in fall leaves

Make sure you choose the right time of day 

If you’re heading outside with a young baby, watch the temperature and forecast.  It’s typically warmer in the afternoons than it is in the mornings so I would suggest heading out before dinner.  The warmer it is, the happier your little ones will be for photos.  

young child smiling outside in the leaves

The more colour the better

For photos in the Fall leaves, I would encourage you to choose darker colours for your child’s clothing and avoid white or very pale neutrals.  The paler colours tend to pick up the colours of the leaves, which can alter how their clothing looks in your photos.  

siblings throwing leaves

Up, up and away!

Nothing is more fun in the Fall when you’re a kid than throwing leaves. If you’d like to take photos of your kids throwing leaves or of leaves being thrown around them there are few things to consider first.

  • Make sure the shutter speed on your camera or phone is over 1/250 of a second or the leaves in your photos will be blurry.  If they are blurry, adjust your shutter speed so that it is faster (e.g., 1/500 of a second, 1/1000 of a second). 
  • Watch out for what’s hiding in the leaves: Run your fingers through the leaves before throwing them to check for any sticks, garbage or anything else sharp.
  • Throwing leaves later in the day is generally preferable as the leaves will be drier than they are first thing in the morning.
baby lying in fall leaves

Don’t look up when you’re looking for a backdrop

Remember that babies and children are on the small side, which means you don’t need to wait until the leaves at the tops of the trees have changed. Wait until the leaves have started to fall on the ground because that’s the colour you’ll see in the photos.

Fall photo by Sara McConnell Photography

Ready for action!

There are so many fun action shots to take of babies and children in the Fall.  If you’re stumped for where to start here are some of my favourite action shots to capture all of the Fall fun:

  • have them lay on their backs in the leaves and take photos as leaves fall down around their body and face
  • have them play peek-a-boo behind a leaf
  • have them run towards you kicking leaves as they go
  • give them handfuls of leaves to throw in the air (and on you)

Have fun with your camera and kiddos this beautiful Fall season!

young boy holding fall leaf