Fall Family Photos What To Wear
| by Dee Grant | Pictures By Mom | Where Moms Learn Photography |
Fall family photos are the best! It’s my favorite time of year for taking family pictures outdoors.
The shortening days give us such warm, soft beautiful light in the late afternoon. All that gorgeous warm light mixes perfectly with the warm golds, browns and reds of the fall leaves.
But, best of all is the wonderful fall clothing that you can wear for fall family pictures!
For fall family photos what to wear brings many great clothing outfit options.
Textured sweaters and scarves, denim, stylish boots, knits and tights, sport coats…there are so many fabulous fall clothing options for family pictures.
Fall Colors in Photos
If you plan it right, you can schedule your fall family photos to coincide with the peak of the fall leaves.
The fall colors vary depending on your location, but if you live in the US, check out this great guide to peak fall foliage dates from the Farmers’ Almanac.
Fall Weather for Family Photos
The weather in the fall is perfect for family photos.
The ground is usually pretty dry and the sun is still warm – so you can still pull off a hot pair of heels and a dress, or go with something a bit more practical, like a pair of stylish boots and pants.
It can also be quite sunny and bright in the fall, but without all of the leaves on the trees, most locations will be in partial sun.
If the weather calls for sun, pay attention to the time of day and use the sun to your advantage. Schedule your fall family pictures either very early in the morning (just after dawn if you can get up that early), or just before sunset.
Ten Fall Family Photo What to Wear Clothing Tips
Bright textured sweaters, stylish boots, knits and tights, colorful blouses, tops and subtle prints, sport coats, handbags, fun necklaces…there are so many fabulous fall clothing options for family pictures.
1. Wear Bright Colors
Fall family photos are all about bright colors mixed with classic fall tones.
Reds, oranges, yellows, paired with graphite, denim gray and charcoal immediately come to mind.
However, you do have to be careful to compliment the fall colors and not to compete with them.
For example, if you are being photographed against a bright yellow background of fall leaves, a yellow top is probably not the best idea. But you can compliment the bright yellow leaves by going with bright blue, pink or fuschia pops of color in your clothing outfits.
Don’t forget that not all fall colors are bright and colorful. If you are being photographed with a nice subdued brown and gray field behind you, try not to wear the same dull brown and gray colors. Try a bright fall red instead, or maybe even purple, somthing that will pop out of that monotone background.
If you want to see more details on this year’s fall and winter color palate – click here to check out our our article “2014 Fall and Winter Fashion Colors”.
2. Coordinate But Don’t Match
Start with a few colors that coordinate well with each other. Fortunately, most male and female fall colors coordinate fabulously without much effort.
Mix pops of bright fall colors with coordinating neutral colors like charcoal and denim.
You want your coordinating fall color pops to be spread out fairly evenly through everyone in the photo. You also don’t want to have everyone wearing neutral bottoms and colorful tops – you have to mix up your coordinating colors.
For example you can have mom in a pretty pink pencil skirt and a cute blouse, dad in dark blue jeans and a rugged azure buttoned down shirt with the sleeves rolled up, little sister in a funky emerald dress and little brother in charcoal pants with a fun red top.
But you can’t have everyone wear denim jeans and different color tops.
And even worse – you shouldn’t match!
Don’t all wear matching bottoms (skirts / pants) and tops – unless you want to look like a stiff tacky portrait from 1994.
One final tip on coordinating your clothing for fall pictures – it is usually better for guys to wear neutral pants and colorful tops!
Girls can balance the neutral pants on the guys with colorful skirts, leggings and pants – but its pretty hard for a guy to pull off a pair of colorful turquoise pants!
This also gives the girls the option to accentuate colorful bottoms and a neutral top with colorful accessories – such as costume jewelry, a scarf, purse etc.
3. Be Careful With Prints
Prints can work for fall family pictures, but if you’re not really sure about a print, its probably best to stick to solid colors.
That’s not to say that fall prints can’t be fabulous.
Subtle prints like hound’s tooth, polka dots, and abstract patterns can break up solid fall colors or neutrals and add great pops of color, without overpowering your outfit.
I think that subtle fall prints are the most effective on children, especially little girls.
4. Add Textures
Pay attention to fall textures.
Adding some fun textures to your fall photo outfits, such as stylish knit sweaters and scarves, wool skirts and pants, a smooth satin blouse or even a flowing sheer shawl will all add variation to your photos.
5. Accessories MAKE The Photo!
Accessories are for everyone!
Guys and boys can wear scarves, gloves, hats and belts.
Moms and girls can wear scarves, shawls, hats, jewelry, belts, purses and hair accessories.
Even leaves or your dog can make a great accessory accent to your family photos.
As long as your accessories coordinate with your outfits, you really can’t go wrong.
You can also use accessories to tie outfit colors and themes together. For example, a cute tangerine flower accessory in your little girl’s hair can tie into the vibrant orange rugby shirt her little brother is wearing.
6. Do Not Wear Clothing with Logos or Text
Avoid logos and text at all costs!
Sports team logos are the worst – they are super bright, flashy and lets be honest – ugly.
In all seriousness, any recognizable branding or logos are very distracting in family pictures. Text is even worse – if there is text in a photo, viewers automatically try to read it.
Logos and corporate branding also tend to instantly date a photo – what is “in” right now will be seen as tacky and dated in just a few years.
It might be tough on your husband, but if you want people viewing your spring family pictures to pay attention to the people in the photos, avoid clothing with logos or text.
7. Wear Layered Clothing
The weather can change quite quickly in the fall. Just the sun going behind the clouds for a few minutes can instantly drop the temperature from nice and comfortable to chilly.
So layered clothing is practical, and layers also look great!
Layer coats, jackets, sweaters, long and short sleeve shirts, hats and scarves, etc…
Layering is a great way to mix and match your neutrals and your colors.
Layering your outfits also gives you very quick and easy ways to change up your outfit. For example, you can just drop your neutral charcoal wool coat to show off your gorgeous poppy red knit top.
8. Wear Fabulous Shoes and Boots
There are lots of fabulous options for fall shoes and fall boots. I love the look of stylish knee high boots and tights or a full length skirt.
Even old fashioned rubber rain boots now come in all kinds of fun fashionable styles and colors to mix and match with your outfits.
Or, if it’s still warm enough, you can pull out those sexy heels too.
One final point – do not let the guys wear running shoes! No exceptions! Simple black or brown casual shoes or boots are best. If they complain, pick them up some Sketchers – they’re almost running shoes – but way better looking.
9. Coordinate With Your Decor
One thing you really have to consider when choosing clothing colors is where you are planning on displaying your photos.
If you are going to put up a gorgeous big canvas print in your neutral great room, make sure your accent colors mix well with the colors you are wearing in your photos!
10. Have Fun!
Plan your fall family picture session around an outing that your whole family will enjoy.
Go for a walk through the leaves. Take a picnic and go apple picking.
Wear fun, practical clothing that you feel good in and you will shine in your fall pictures.
Let the kids play and be themselves while you are out.
Do not worry about creating fall family pictures while you are having fun with your kids.
If your kids are misbehaving and don’t want to sit still for pictures – bribe them with smarties or some other small treat, then just go with it – and try to photograph them while they play.
Try very, very hard not to turn taking fall family pictures into a chore – because if you and your kids are not having fun, you will quite simply not get the fun, active, natural fall pictures that you want.
Let Us Know How Your Fall Family Pictures Turn Out!
Leave us a comment below and let us know what you did to create your fall family pictures. Tell us what fall picture clothing ideas you used!