Choosing the right Fall Portrait Location that’s right for you

Fall Family Portrait at Old Hickory Golf Course in Woodbridge, VA with Jessica LS Photography

Choosing a great location is one of the most important pieces of setting your family’s photo shoot. The backdrop you select will set the stage for the entire session and will be an essential piece of every shot, pose and, ultimately, the finished product. We recommend picking a spot that’s special to you, either a spot you love, somewhere you frequent or a place that best represents your family.  The family pictured above looks beautiful with the white picket fence along the community's main road.

These portraits were taken in an open field not far off the main road in Dumfries, VA.

These portraits were taken in an open field not far off the main road in Dumfries, VA.

After you’ve narrowed down the list, it’s important to think about some key logistics: are there restrooms? Is the distance from the parking to the actual shoot location far? If so, pack comfy shoes for everyone! Will there be places to change outfits, retouch hair and makeup and relax between shots? Will there be crowds nearby—and, if so, are you comfortable shooting in front of others?

The most important part of your session with your location are the colors that you and your family will be wearing.  Do you have lots of blues in your living room where you'll be displaying your portraits?  Then make sure to include those colors!


We’ve seen amazing sessions everywhere from backyards to baseball fields, lakes to open meadows. We know the area and can help make recommendations based on your family’s unique needs, personalities and inspirations.