It’s never easy planning for family portraits. From finding the right photographer to that perfect location, you cross your fingers and hope for the best when it comes to your kid’s mood and the weather….then comes the stress of what to wear.
The most frequently asked question I always get from families about their session is “What should we wear?” And in Houston, that can be quite a challenge. Read on for tips on picking out outfits for your family’s fall portrait session.
5 TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR FAMILY’S OUTFITS FOR A FALL PHOTO SESSION
Layers add dimension and personality to any picture. Rolled cuffs peeking out from under a sweater, a light jacket layerd over leggings or jeans with boots, a lightweight infinity scarf, or a vest. These are all great ideas to add layers, depth, and color to your photos.
Fall is such a vibrant season, and since we don’t get those beautiful color changes in the leaves here in Houston, we need to make our own vibrant fall colors in our family pictures. Plum, mustard, navy, and maroon are all gorgeous colors that will pop against any backgrounds. Throw in some neutrals like creams or grays, and your family will look great! Colors to avoid – bright red, green, and neon colors.
Solids look great, but having everyone in solids is boring. Don’t be afraid of patterns and don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns. Plaid is an amazing look in the fall and help make it feel cooler, even if is one of our hot summer ‘fall’ days. Plus, if you chose a plaid shirt or dress, you can use all those colors to inspire the rest of the family’s outfits. Stripes and small checks are great too. My suggestion – only put 2 people in patterns, let the rest layer up and wear solid colors.
Boots always look amazing in photographs on moms and little girls! For kids, think beyond their colorful sneakers or casual shoes and find something a little more stylish. Old Navy and Target have some great selections that won’t break the bank.
If you’re looking for a more casual look, jeans are perfect. A darker wash is the most flattering, and I’d suggest avoiding distressed jeans if they have gaping holes in the knees so that when you sit on the ground your kneecap isn’t showing through at an unflattering angle. We will do pictures sitting on the grass, so I want you to be comfortable.
WHERE TO SHOP
- Rent The Runway
- J. Crew
- Old Navy
For the kids:
- Old Navy
- Janie & Jack
- J. Crew
- Gap Kids
- Hanna Andersson
Dads have it easy, layer a button down shirt, sweater or vest, and jeans. They probably already have all of this in their closet, or they can choose neutrals or a plaid or patterned shirt to coordinate with the rest of the outfits.