Easy Ideas and Tips for a Firefighter Themed Photo Shoot

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We all love pictures to celebrate a special moment, or even the ordinary ones that we capture in those firefighter family pictures.

From single shoots, to couple engagements and then firefighter photoshoots – there’s so many great ideas and cool options for Firefighter pictures! Plus when you add in maternity pictures, wedding pictures and special events- there’s no limit to the amount of photo ideas.

And pictures are PRICELESS! Yes, I’m saying that with a bit of anxiety that comes attached to being a Firefighter Wife.

But really- you’ll want these pictures one day especially since firefighter picture ideas are easy to add on to any regular picture session or family shoot without having to add too much time!

So let’s look at some of the favorite ideas all in one place with some helpful suggestions.

Looking for specific pictures ideas? Check out our compilation of Firefighter Wedding Pictures and Firefighter Newborn and Maternity Photoshoots

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Before we begin with firefighter photography

Obviously a Firefighter photoshoot of some sort isn’t complete without bunker gear or some other fire related uniform.

Let’s just keep in mind that gear is covered in carcinogens that have been linked to high levels of occupational cancer.

Think twice before you use gear that might not have been properly cleaned! Ask your firefighter to do a thorough decon of all gear that will be in contact with children or newborns.

When the station got brand new gear, we took advantage of it for some fun kid friendly photos!

Quick Items and Ideas for a Firefighter Photoshoot!

One of the easiest ways to add a bit of Firefighter to your photoshoot is with a Thin Red Line Flag. These are a classic addition that all Firefighters recognize and can be added quickly without an outfit change or dragging around bunker gear for the perfect picture!

And we are all about EASY when it comes to Firefighter Photoshoots- so make sure to grab or buy a flag for your next set of pictures!

Obviously, we can’t talk about a thin red line flag without also talking about an American Flag! this can’t be placed on the ground, but it can be used as a backdrop or drape. Most Departments have a really big flag too- ask to see if you can borrow it for a photo session at the station or drop by and use it as part of the shoot.

Firetruck- this one is a no brainer, but some departments do have some strict rules about pictures. You can always talk to the county or see if their are some “junk” trucks that have been bought by a local company to use!

Animals– what’s cuter than a doggo and a firetruck? throw in a cute kid and it’s a great photo!

Ax, Halligan, Fire Hose, helmets- These Classic tools of the trade are great (albeit a little dangerous for kids) photo props since your firefighter uses them all the time.

Smoke Props and Smoke Bombs– Looking for a really cool and dramatic effect for your pictures? Pick up some fake smoke for a cool fire themed backdrop. These are especially fun for couples and kids to play with!

Cute kids props– Of course, you can use what you have on hand! I know most of the Fire Families have more than their share of firetrucks and outfits laying around. If you dont, there are plenty on amazon!

Firefighter themed clothing and t-shirts– We know that you have a ton of tshirts as a firefighter family, it comes with the territory! Put those shirts and clothing to good use with a few outfit changes during your photoshoot. Or better yet, turn some of them into a quilt!

Props for Special Occasions (graduation, retirement, newborns)

Special occasions call for special pictures! Are you celebrating a life event? There are some really cool props for those that are!

For newborns, I absolutely love having a cloth diaper cover– these are different from bloomers made many years ago.


Also consider getting a custom plaque or shadow box made for the occasion. You could even give it as a gift during the photoshoot and get some reaction shots!

Looking for some more ideas?

I have several Pinterest boards with photography ideas! Check them out!

Photoshoots and Headshots

Maternity and Pregnancy Announcements

Firefighter Wedding


Did you see anything that you are going to use for your next photoshoot? Have some pictures you would like to see featured? Let me know in the comments below or send me an email!

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