As summer comes to an end and our anticipation for fall grows more and more each day, many families start to think about having family photos taken. The holidays are rapidly approaching, the kids are back in school and the temperatures are a little bit cooler – fall is the perfect time to get professional photos taken. The number one question I get asked when a client books a session is, “What should we wear?!” Here are some tips to follow so that you can be on your way to fun, stylish and beautiful family portraits.
1) Color – It used to be that everyone wanted to coordinate - wearing white t-shirts and jeans or every family member wearing the same outfit. Those days are GONE!! Fall is a gorgeous time of year and the color of your clothes should reflect the season! Earth tones, jewel tones and bright vibrant colors are always a great option during this time of year. All these colors are deep, rich and photograph beautifully. Take a look at Pantone's Fall Fashion Colors for 2015 – these are rich and vibrant and all look beautiful together and give you some terrific ideas for a place to start!
The best portrait incorporates a few colors that are in the same family, have the same tone and coordinate with each other. You really want to stay away from being too “matchy matchy”. Here are some great visuals of some family photo shoots where they have worn colors that coordinate beautifully together.
2) Texture – By adding texture to your outfit you are creating a visually stimulating photograph without much effort! Chunky sweaters, knit scarves, denim jeans, crisp button down shirts – these are all great for fall weather and help to add dimension and interest to your photos. Check out these beautiful families and how the texture in their outfits really makes the photograph pop!
3) Layers – Add a fashionable twist and keep warm at the same time! Layers are your key to fun, colorful and warm fall photos. Layers can help add pops of color and texture and are great for keeping warm (or cooling down, depending on what part of the country you live in) during the duration of your photo shoot. I love this family’s fun use of layering! Another great part of layering is that you can take off a layer and have an entirely different look!
The final tip that I always give to my clients is to start thinking about everyone’s outfits at least a week before the photo shoot. Lay them all out on the bed or ground so you can see how they look side by side. If you can, leave the outfits out for a day or two so you can have a second look and make any changes (or additional purchases) well ahead of your photo session. You want to be as calm and relaxed as you can be the day of the shoot, so do your homework ahead of time!
What will you wear for your Fall Family Photos?