Your fall portrait session is booked, the location is chosen, now it’s time to plan the outfits. When it comes to fall photos the key is to amp up the cozy factor in the wardrobe department. Keep reading for everything you need to know about styling your fall family photoshoot.
Without the stifling summer heat, you’re free to embrace layers for your fall family portraits. Doubling up your outfit not only adds dimension in your photos, but it creates a ‘cuddled up’ feel that is so appropriate for fall. It’s officially denim jacket weather! If that’s your style, remember to pair it with a dress or pants of a different material to avoid an unintentional denim overload. A sweater over a button down shirt is an excellent option for boys. The button down is also a great way to incorporate a pop of color or pattern without being overbearing.
Fall is all about comfort and warmth. Texture in your family’s outfits differentiates the style from the simple breeziness of summer, and keeps your portraits from falling flat. Look for pieces that add visual interest to your wardrobe. Materials like corduroy, leather, denim, and velvet maintain an attractive appeal and add variety. Chunky cable knit sweaters are a great choice whether you opt to wear them alone or pair one over a shirt or dress. Keep in mind that while texture is great, you shouldn’t overdo it. Try to stick with one texturized piece per person, and make sure it’s all coordinated for the whole family.
Accessories are a must for portrait sessions, no matter the season. But there are a few fall specific additions that are perfect to add to your family’s outfits. Scarves are an obvious fall accessory choice. They’re ideal for the weather and they look great in photos. Puffy or fleece vests are a stylish option for boys and girls alike. They are a cute variation to your typical outfit and can provide a pop of color. A felt hat is an eye-catching addition for anyone in the family. Just be sure that it’s something they would normally wear. Any discomfort or awkwardness in their outfit is going to show on their face in the pictures.
Probably the most obvious element of an autumn-worthy outfit is the color scheme. Burnt orange, rich burgundy, mustard yellow, and tawny brown give off those warm fall vibes that are the goal of any portrait session this time of year. But despite what you may think, you don’t have to limit yourself to muted fall shades. While those are excellent options that coordinate well with the surrounding foliage, don’t be afraid to step out of the box and dress your family in fresh neutrals. Embrace grey, off-white, and shades of blue to let the bright reds and oranges in the trees provide your portraits with color.
For more tips on choosing your fall color palette read Fall Family Photo Color Schemes.
Boots could easily fall under the ‘Accessories’ category, but they are such an integral part of fall fashion that they really deserve their own section. Often in family photos, we focus so much on the outfit that we forget about the shoes. Boots are a simple way to add fall vibes to your look, plus they’re comfortable. No need to worry about tripping as you and your family traipse around the forest for the perfect autumnal background. You can’t go wrong with boots whether you go with knee highs, riding boots, suede ankle boots or even galoshes.
Captivating and Coordinated
Now you’re ready to style your family’s outfits for your upcoming fall portrait session. Stick to the elements above and you’ll end up with family photos that look effortlessly chic.