You know what my favourite thing about fall is? Yup, you guessed it: Fall outfits! And you know how much I love dressing up for fall.
Fall family photos. You know what my least favourYup, you heard me right. I absolutely love having our family photos taken by some talented photographer friends with the beautiful fall foliage. Two of my favourite photographyers are Photos by Ruh and Qurrat A’yun Studios. Both of them have taken incredible photos for my family before, and I could not recommend them more.
Over the years, I have learned a thing or two about coordinating outfits for these fall family photos. I wanted to share my top 3 tips to putting together coordinated family outfits that are guaranteed to give you beautiful photos no matter who you stand next to!
Tip 1: Think neutral colours
Okay this may seem a bit strange, as some of you may be wondering “but won’t I want to stand out? The straight answer is – yes, you want to stand out, but not because you are wearing a bright fuchsia. A lot of bright colours clash with the natural environment outside for example, if you are doing a fall shoot, and wear bright purple. that doesn’t go so well with the “theme” of the season, if you get my gist? Neutral colours work well with all sorts of backdrops, weather conditions, lighting and are more versatile. So, if you wear your favourite fuchsia dress, and it rains in your perfect location. and you are stuck next to a red barn as the next spot of choice, the photos won’t turn out as impactful. Creams, whites, beiges, nudes and even darker neutrals like mustard, navy, black are all great choices!
Tip 2: Opt for solid coloured pieces with texture over pattern
Textures offer great depth and interest to your family photos and give some much-added character to the fall look without getting too busy! So, by texture, I mean choosing different fabrics (like chunky knit sweaters, velvet, flowy tops) that are solid in colour. If you want to add pattern to your fall family photo, make sure only ONE person is wearing this pattern and the rest of you all have the colour pallet from that pattern. For example, my husband wore a red plaid shirt, so I made sure that we incorporated a more neutral and solid colour palette into my outfit and my daughter’s outfit.
Tip 3: Think about what your location is and draw inspiration from there
Since, we were shooting our fall family photos in a conservation area with pretty fall colours, I knew I wanted to incorporate a deep burgundy colour somehow. I specifically bought a burgundy floppy hat for the shoot and that coordinated perfectly with my husband’s shirt. The blue from our jeans and my daughters dress also went together and was something that helped her stick out against the beautiful foliage. We also had this little set up that I had planned (read more about that HERE) to help me work with a coherent colour palette for our outfits.
So, there you have it – my top tips for choosing outfits for family photos!
I have put together three outfit options for your family photos if you are interested! All sources are linked below the photos!