Baby’s First DIY Fall Picture Ideas with Images, Tips and Demos!

Cutest Fall Baby and Newborn Photo Ideas

I think it’s safe to say that most of us are unapologetically fond of fall. And now with a baby in the picture, (literally) fall becomes even more special!

Today, you are going to be treated to some baby’s first fall picture ideas you’ll want to try with your little one!

Also, if you’d like to see how I edit my baby’s fall pictures using Adobe Lightroom mobile app, you can find a quick video demo about halfway down the post, see you there!

Fall Baby Photo Outdoors


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What does the baby fox say? Does anyone else still love that song as much as me?! When it comes to capturing an outdoor fall photo of your baby, remember to choose a warm and cozy baby appropriate costume.

Of course the level of warmth needed will depend on where you live and the climate. However, this baby fox costume is seriously adorable and probably a must-have!

The ideal backdrop for outdoor fall baby pictures would be a colorful scene of multi-colored leaves, but you can always get creative with editing if you don’t have that as an option.

Remember to bring a blanket or something for baby to sit on (especially during the damper fall days).

Fall Baby Picture with Leaves

baby in leaves fall photo

This fall baby picture idea with leaves is as fun to look at as you can tell she was having creating the memory. You can sum this fall leaves photo-op with one word, magical.

If you are lucky enough to live in a climate where the leaves reveal stunning bouquets of sunset rainbows, then you MUST take advantage by using it in your baby’s fall photos!

There really is no easier way to depict fall in a photo than with a pile of colorful leaves.

All your sweet little one has to do is sit there and explore while you tap away and fill your phone’s storage full.

Baby at Pumpkin Patch

Baby in a pumpkin patch photo

This baby with pumpkins picture idea is more natural and candid, which always looks sweet. If your little one is sitting up on their own, take them to the local pumpkin patch and sit them amongst the beautiful scenery. 

You are sure to get some awesome fall baby pictures this way! If you bring home some pumpkins, don’t forget to try out some fall pumpkin art with your little’s handprint!

P.S. Do you love doing arts and crafts with your little ones? If so, pick up this fall activities kit full of coloring pages, dot marker activity sheets and fall craft templates!

Pictures of Baby with a Pumpkin at Home

Time to look at babies with pumpkins and get some tips and ideas of how you can take viral-status #babypumpkin pictures this fall.

Photo of a baby with a pumpkin for Halloween pictures

This photo is of my little doll baby.

This was her fist fall and of course we had do some pumpkin photos, but not just any old picture of my baby with a pumpkin! We needed to capture all of those rolls and ridges, and I’m not just talking about the pumpkin’s either!

As you can see, my little one went in the buff for her epic pumpkin photoshoot. You can use this baby and pumpkin picture idea for yours too! 

How to Paint a Pumpkin on Your Baby’s Bottom

Want to get on the viral Instagram #babypumpkinbutt trend this fall? This is the way to do it mama!

All you will need is a pint-sized pumpkin for baby, a white pain pen to write “boo!” and a backdrop of your choice.

I chose to place a back piece of poster-board I got from Target behind her with a letter board (like this one) to personalize with her age and year the picture was taken.

Baby with a pumpkin paired on her butt.

The painted-on pumpkin baby bottom is by far the cutest way to incorporate pumpkins into your baby’s fall photos this year (in my opinion).

You really don’t need much to make this photo a hit either. That is, other than a very fast hand to paint and quickly shoot the photo before your baby squirms, poos and smears the pumpkin off.

You do need to make sure you are using a paint that is safe for baby’s skin and this one at Amazon looks to be a good option.

Baby posing for Halloween photo in an over-stuffed pumpkin costume in a white corner.

Another way to incorporate pumpkins into your baby’s fall photos is to make baby the pumpkin!

You can find over-stuffed pumpkin costumes like this one ar Amazon for a steal!

The important thing to note about this indoor fall baby photo idea is how they chose to place the baby in a white corner of the room. Paying attention to simple details like this will really make your indoor fall baby photos pop and look professional!

A fake or real pumpkin is the perfect prop for this baby’s first fall photo.

As always have fun experimenting with your indoor DIY baby fall photos and check out these baby Christmas photo ideas next!

P.S. Are you looking forward to doing more holiday themed photos of your baby? Here is a DIY Christmas baby photos tutorial you might be interested in also checking out!

Newborn Fall Photo Ideas

For baby’s first fall photos as a newborn, things may need to take place a little differently than what you saw above.

Even so, you can get some seriously adorable fall and Halloween themed photos of your newborn yourself with these tips and ideas.

Newborn photos are best taken when baby is 7 days old or less.

This is to take advantage of an ever-sleepy newborn who will be much more accommodating for the types of photos you will want to get of them. See this post for a full guide on DIY newborn photography at home.

Head on Arms with Halloween Hat

Baby wearing a witches hat for Halloween photos

A simple baby Halloween photo using a whimsical witches hat, as shown on this sleepy sweetie, can have a simple and dramatic effect.

Likewise, choosing to edit some of your baby’s photos in black and white can also create a premium and professional feel to your DIY fall baby pictures.

Another thing to try and imagine is how all of your baby’s fall and Halloween photos will look grouped together in one place. As an example, all of the photos you have seen so far play nicely together.

Newborn on Back in Candy Corn Hat

Sleeping baby wearing a candy corn Halloween hat for Halloween photos.

Here’s one last inspirational fall newborn picture idea using a fall or Halloween appropriate hat.

Again, this idea is great because it requires little to no cooperation from baby, and let’s be honest, that’s the best case scenario sometimes. 

The Halloween and fall hat choices for babies are surprisingly abundant, you can browse them at Amazon here.

This baby’s first fall picture idea is perfect for newborns, you could even switch out different hat options while they sleep and have a unique photo collage to display every fall.

If you are enjoying this fall baby photo ideas post, you would probably also love this Christmas baby photography ideas and tips post too!

Best Props for Fall Baby Photos

Here are some fall props to consider using in your baby’s first fall pictures:

  • Fake or real pumpkins
  • Fake or real fall leaves
  • Halloween and fall baby hats and headdresses
  • Halloween and fall baby costumes
  • Letterboard

I did a quick search and you can find unique fall and Halloween baby props like the ones mentioned above at Etsy.

Pumpkin prop tip: put baby’s age or name on the pumpkin, make it personal!

If you truly love taking themed photos of your baby, you might love this Baby Booth Box subscription box that delivers cute and unique monthly themed photography props for babies, such as Harry Potter!

You can learn more about the Baby Booth Box and a few others in this best of baby subscription boxes post.

How to Edit Your Baby’s Fall Pictures

Now that you have the best fall baby picture ideas, beautifully editing them is just as important. Every extra large baby photo you saw in this post was taken with an iPhone 7 and edited with the Adobe Lightroom App. 

If you have not used Lightroom to edit any of your photos before, it has a lot of options without being too intimating. It handles most any photo beautifully and delicately. Which, is exactly what you need when working with baby photos.

For example, take a look at a fall leaves photo I took of my little one below.

Baby's first fall picture ideas

You can easily see the drastic difference between the two photos.
The raw photo is of course too dark and harsh. If you would like to know how I edited this photo and to get some editing tips for yours, please continue with me and see the 3 simple steps I took below:
  1. First, I warmed up the color palette, softened the contrast and removed the out-of-place colors in her hacker.
  2. Second, I enhanced the red, orange and yellow tones in the photo to pop the color of the leaves more.
  3. The green grass was too strong of a tonal difference to the warm color for my liking, so I de-saturated that some too.

Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I can bet that no two people would edit this photo the exact same – which is what makes editing so personal and unique!

Hopefully these editing tips gave you some new tools to use for your baby’s first fall photos this year.

Helpful DIY Photo Taking Tools

Now, this post wouldn’t be nearly as helpful if it didn’t also suggest some great tools that will increase the success of your DIY baby photos.

Investing in a couple of tools that will take your baby’s pictures from “meh, pretty good” to “WOW!” really is worth a few extra bucks.

Just think of how much money you are actually saving by being your family’s photographer too!

So what tools are best for home photography use?

A ring light, like this one at Amazon is a free-standing mobile light source. Ring lights can make a huge difference in how much more you’ll love your photos.

Even if you have a pretty well lit room to take your baby’s pictures in, extra light never hurts!

Backdrops are fun to have, but are by no means necessary.

However, an inexpensive backdrop like this one I found at Amazon could make for some of the fanciest baby pictures any one on social media has ever seen!

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