One of the most common questions I get as a photographer is “What do we wear for our fall family portraits?” It’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing the right wardrobe, so here are my top five tips to help you choose the perfect outfits for your family pictures.
- Coordinate Instead of Match
Instead of matching outfits, such as jeans with a white top, pick a color theme. I suggest choosing 3-4 colors that would look good with your location. Colors such as burgundy, navy and forest green go great with most outdoor fall settings. You can incorporate these into each person’s outfit with different textures and patterns.
- Avoid Graphics
Your daughter may love her Paw Patrol shirt, but those graphics will be distracting. Instead, offer her a fun dress that she can twirl in!
- Look for Seasonal Clothing Collections
There isn’t an easier way to coordinate outfits than by following your favorite store’s seasonal collections. Target, Gap and Janie and Jack are great places to find kid clothes that coordinate because they often put the seasonal collections all on one rack. Grab what you like and go!
- Plan Your Outfits Ahead of Time
Your session should be as stress-free as possible, so a few days before your session make sure your outfits are in order. Wash and iron the clothes, clean the shoes, and select your jewelry and then set the outfits aside so they are ready to go the day of the shoot.
- Think Simple and Classic
My clients often use fall family portrait sessions for Christmas cards, gifts, and wall decor. Keep your outfits simple and timeless and, that way, the photos never go out of style.