6 Tips for Choosing Fall Family Picture Outfits

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Choosing family fall outfits is tricky! We get it – it’s hard to figure out one outfit, let alone coordinating colors for the entire family! Here are our six best tips every family will find helpful as they choose the colors to wear for fall pictures:

Family of 5 posing for Fall Family photos at North Oaks Golf Club

1. Fall Family Picture Outfit Color Combinations

No need to match outfits for the session, portraits tend to be more visually appealing when families wear complimenting colors with a few matching color pops or the same color with different tones. Favorite fall shades to pull inspiration from include navy blue, mustard yellow, gray, cream, olive green, burgundy, and burnt orange.

One of the best ways to find fall colors to wear that match is at stores like GAP, Old Navy, StutterheimH&M, and Target where they use the same color palette and material across all sizes and genders – from infant to adult – so you’ll be able to easily coordinate everyone’s outfits! Etsy also has some great options!

Family posing for fall pictures at Victoria Valley Apple Orchard

2. Outfit Ideas When to Wear White/Cream

When looking at a photo, our eyes are drawn to the lightest part of the photo – if one person is wearing white, cream, or light gray, and the rest of the family is not, the person with the light colored clothing will hold the most attention in the portrait. Also, these lighter colors are not the most flattering color and often makes a person appear wider. So if you want to look trim, steer clear!

Now, every rule has an exception – in this case, there’s two. One: it’s okay to wear these colors as an under layer, preferably a cream or lighter gray instead of a stark white. Two: the best way to utilize these colors is by having multiple people wear them. This way it will balance the photo better so than the viewer’s eye doesn’t go straight to one person.

3 kids sitting on staircase posing for a Mpls Photographer outside Block Portrait Studios

3. Layers for Fall Family Photos

Wearing layers are always flattering! Add cardigans, jackets, and accessories like scarves, necklaces, and belts to mix and match specific colors within each family member’s outfit. For example, if everyone is wearing navy, gray, and mustard yellow – a parent can add a mustard yellow cardigan, son can add a mustard yellow bow tie or vest, and daughter can wear a mustard yellow leggings or headband!

Family of 3 snuggling up for a family picture at Somerset Country Club

4. Solids and Patterns

We highly recommend wearing solid colors or simple plaid for your fall family pictures. That means no logos, obtrusive patterns, or graphics.

Wall Art of Maternity Family pictures at Minnehaha Falls

5. Consider Your Art

A family portrait session typically includes planning your family’s portrait art creation for the home. If you have a specific room you plan to put your final artwork in, consider the colors of that room and build the color scheme from there.

Family portrait with grandparents photographed in Mendota Heights by photographer Block Portrait Studios

6. Try It On Before the Photo Session

We’re not even kidding – have everyone try on the fall family photo outfits and line up together. Or if you are unable to do this, take all the fall family outfits and lie them out on the floor. Seeing the outfits together and making sure everything fits well will truly help visualize how the colors, layers, and accessories work together and what you may need to switch out or add. 

Now that you’re feeling inspired, start picking out those outfits!

If you are still feeling torn between a few ideas or want to confirm your fall family outfit choices, text a few photos of the clothes laid out (or being modeled) and send them to your Block Studios photographer! They will provide their expert opinion on what will look best on camera and suggest items to add or remove. We hope you and your families have a wonderful fall and we can’t wait to see you for your fall portrait session!

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