What To Wear To My Fall Family Photo Session?

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Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year for family photo sessions! The vibrant colors in the trees, the smell of the leaves and other autumn treats and the crisp air that just makes you want to cuddle up with the ones you love make it the ideal time to document some new family memories! So what should you wear?! Here are my top tips for picking what to wear for your fall family photo session, as well as examples of some pieces I love.

Quick Guide:

  1. Stick to natural colors
  2. Coordinate over matching
  3. Patterns in moderation
  4. Accessorize
  5. Keep your outfits timeless
  6. Shoes matter
  7. Textures and layers
  8. Consider your location
  9. Check the weather
  10. Be yourself!

Click here to shop some of my favorite fall fashions!

Stick To Natural Colors

My editing style is vibrant and speaks to the rich colors found in nature. In order to make sure your photos have that same pop of color, I recommend wearing natural tones. I feel they look great one everyone and they stand the test of time. Think colors like navy, burgundy, olive or forest green, ivory, gray, black, brown, taupe, burnt orange, etc. I recommend shying away from bright or pastel colors such as blush, lavender, etc.

Coordinate Over Matching

Wear colors that complement one another without matching too much. Try picking out one or two main colors and pair it with a neutral counterpart.

Patterns In Moderation

Patterns can be visually pleasing and add personality to the photos. If one person is wearing a solid, try to place the other person in a coordinating pattern. Avoid patterns that clash with one another.


If you’re wearing primarily neutrals try adding a splash of color with an accessory. Some examples include a fun hat, scarf, jewelry, textured layers, etc. You don’t want to have too many extras because they can be distracting but having a little extra touch can help make your photos interesting.

Keep Your Outfits Timeless

I recommend shying away from clothing with brands, logos, graphics or slogans in large print as well as neon colors. You don’t want to look back on your photos and feel like they’re outdated due to a clothing choice.

Shoes Matter

Shoes can make or break an outfit. They can be an easy way to add personality to the photos but can distract from the main subject if they don’t coordinate well or you’re not comfortable in them. I suggest staying away from flip flops (nice sandals are ok) and avoid sport sneakers (especially stark white).

Textures & Layers

Just like patterns and accessories, textures and layers can help make your photos more visually appealing. Examples include a sweater overtop of a shirt or a flowy dress to create movement.

Consider Your Location

Try to complement your wardrobe to your surrounding. For example, if we’re shooting on a cobblestone street or in a field shy away from heels that are hard to walk in. Additionally, if you’re looking for lifestyle photos with movement think about clothes that will adopt to being able to sit down, move around, etc.

Check The Weather

Bring a sweater if it’s going to be chilly or dress in layers that you can off if you tend to run warm. The more comfortable you are the more natural your photos will look.

Be Yourself!

Most importantly, wear something that feels like you! If an outfit is too tight, itchy or just doesn’t feel right then you won’t be able to truly relax which will show in your photos. Wear what feels right for YOU!

Click here to shop some of my favorite fall fashions!

If you’re ready to sign up for your own Fall Family Photo Session, drop me a line and let’s capture what life is like for your family right now!

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