What's the Best Way to Photograph the Most Photographed Barn in America?

Morning light hits the T.A. Moulton barn at Mormon Row near Grand Teton National Park. (Photo: puttsk/Shutterstock)

If this idyllic farm scene feels familiar to you, there's a good reason. Say hello to Grand Teton National Park's famous T.A. Moulton Barn, also known as "the most photographed barn in America."

Built between 1912 and 1945 by Thomas Alma Moulton and his sons, the barn was once part of a community of Mormon homesteaders known as Mormon Row that thrived in the first half of the 20th century. All the Mormon Row properties were eventually bought up by the National Park Service and absorbed into Grand Teton National Park, but many of the former residents' farmhouses and barns that remain standing are fascinating points of interest for park visitors.

Over the years, the Moulton Barn in particular has cemented itself as an iconic symbol for the beloved national park as well as the nearby city of Jackson Hole. Dozens of tourists and photographers flock to Mormon Row every day to photograph the Moulton Barn as well as several other humble pastoral structures that remain standing. It's not surprising to see gatherings like this:

Photographers line up to document the famous T.A. Moulton Barn near Grand Teton National Park. (Photo: Rolf_52/Shutterstock)

Of course, with so many photographers clamoring to add a shot of this gorgeous location to their portfolio, it can be a challenge to create an image that is unique.

With that in mind, here are a few strategies that will make your images of these iconic pastoral structures stand apart from all the rest.

1. Shoot from an unconventional vantage point

The T.A. Moulton barn seen through the trees. (Photo: f11photo/Shutterstock)

Instead of joining the long row of tripod-toting photographers that set up smack dab in front of one of these barns, venture further afield for a fresher perspective. In the image above, a barn and the Grand Teton range are framed by a cluster of trees.

2. Visit in different seasons

The T.A. Moulton barn covered in snow. (Photo: TheGreenMan/Shutterstock)

The wonderful thing about planning a trip to Jackson Hole is that it's a great place to visit at any time of year. While the gorgeous summer weather attracts thousands of visitors to the national park, its status as a skiers' paradise in the winter months means that there's really no off-season.

3. Experiment with long-exposure techniques

Time-stacked clouds over the T.A. Moulton barn at night. (Photo: Kris Wiktor/Shutterstock)

Whether you're into time-stacking, star trails or time-lapse films, employing some long-exposure techniques can reinvent a classic landscape.

4. Accentuate the scale of the surrounding landscape

The Grand Teton range looms above the T.A. Moulton barn near Jackson Hole. (Photo: Martha Marks/Shutterstock)

The overwhelming reason why the Moulton Barn is so iconic is the sprawling Grand Teton range that looms in the background, so why not take advantage of this dramatic landscape by using a long lens to play up its size?

5. Incorporate local wildlife

A herd of buffalo roam around the T.A. Moulton Barn near Grand Teton National Park. (Photo: Steve Byland/Shutterstock)

Ever since the Moulton family sold this parcel of land to the National Park Service, it has become the territory of local wildlife, including moose, elk, mule deer and herds of bison like the ones seen above.