Fall Family Photos: What to Wear

August 25, 2023


Fall is around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s the perfect time for capturing those beautiful family moments against the backdrop of autumn’s warm hues. With seven years’ experience of family photography now, I understand that the right clothing can completely transform the aesthetic of your images. Today, I want to share some tips on what to wear for those upcoming fall family photos.

The Importance of Styling Your Family Photos

From a young age, I had a fascination with photography. I spent countless hours at my grandmother’s house, and each time I’d walk down the stairs I would pause to gaze at her gallery wall of family photos. Those pictures held stories, emotions, and faces frozen in time.

Recently, during a visit to my childhood home, my sisters and I looked through an archive of old family photos. As I sorted through some old prints, I couldn’t help but notice something. In some photos, it was the raw emotion and the genuine expressions that drew me in. In others, particularly those from the 60s with some rather loud plaid pants, I realized I definitely noticed the distracting clothes before anything else. It dawned on me – our family photo outfit choices can work some serious magic on the final images!

Choosing your Fall Family Photo Outfits

Consider Shopping vs. Raiding the Family Closets:

First things first, you don’t have to break the bank on a brand-new wardrobe for your family photos. Instead, shopping your own closets can yield some fantastic outfit options. Quite often, we forget about those hidden gems buried in the back of our wardrobes. So, consider revisiting your own clothes with fresh eyes, and mix and match to create unique looks.

For those who are looking for something different, there’s the fantastic world of rentals. Services like Nuuly and Rent the Runway offer an array of stylish outfits for all occasions, including fall family photoshoots. Renting can be a sustainable and cost-effective option, allowing you to rock some high-fashion pieces without the commitment.

Selecting the Perfect Color Scheme:

Now, let’s talk about color. Choosing the right color palette can make a world of difference in your photos. Personally, I tend to gravitate toward subtle, neutral tones for fall family photos. These shades, such as soft creams, warm grays, earthy browns, and muted greens, are timeless and blend seamlessly with the season’s natural colors.

Adding Depth with Fall Patterns and Textures:

Patterns and textures are your friends, but like any friendship, balance is key. Incorporate these elements into your outfits, but keep them subtle. Avoid loud, clashing patterns that can distract from your family’s beautiful faces. Instead, think about small touches like a plaid scarf, a cozy cable-knit sweater, or a delicate floral print for added interest.

Mama Sets the Style for the Whole Family:

Mama, when planning your family’s outfits, pick your outfit first. This will set the tone and style for the entire family. Once you’ve chosen a stunning ensemble, it becomes much easier to coordinate everyone else in the family around your outfit.

Harmony in Outfit Choices:

A quick tip: if multiple family members plan to wear patterns, make sure they don’t compete with each other. For instance, if someone is wearing a plaid shirt, balance it with solid colors for others to avoid visual chaos in your photos.

As you plan your fall family photoshoot, remember that the clothing you choose plays a significant role in creating memorable and timeless images. Don’t feel pressured to buy new outfits – shop your own closets, consider rentals, and embrace the beauty of a well-curated color palette. Subtle patterns and textures can elevate your look without overwhelming the scene.

Fall is a magical season, and with the right clothing choices, your family photos will capture the essence of this wonderful year. I wish you all a fantastic fall and a family photo session filled with laughter, love, and beautiful memories. If you still need to book your family session this year, send me a message; I’d love to chat!

fall family photo wardrobe style board leslie nice photography

Women’s dress. Men’s Outfit. Girl’s Dress. Boy’s Shirt. Baby Romper.

fall family photo wardrobe style board leslie nice photography

Women’s Sweater. Men’s Shirt. Boy’s Sweater. Girl’s Dress. Baby Overalls.

fall family photo wardrobe style board leslie nice photography

Women’s Dress. Men’s Sweater. Boy’s Sweater. Girl’s Dress. Baby Set.

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ABOUT leslie

Now that I'm a mom, I know the secret: we don't know everything. We are growing and changing, right alongside our little ones. 
Motherhood is sanctifying, changing me in ways I never expected.

My days may seem filled with NERF bullets, diapers, and endless laundry, but they are really filled with moments of profound connection and love as I raise my babies.

Through my lens, I strive to celebrate the beauty of motherhood in all its forms. From the messy chaos to the quiet moments, I want to honor the sacred bond between you and your child and capture the joy and wonder that it brings.

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