What to Wear: Fall Portraits
Many of my clients LOVE using the beautiful autumn leaves as a backdrop for their family portraits. And whats not to love? Cooler temperatures means more comfortable photo sessions, earlier sunsets mean you can have your portraits done before dinner time, and the warm colors of the changing leaves are some of the most flattering to be photographed in. But cooler weather means that you don’t want to wear the same shorts and sundresses you did during the summer sessions. So I decided to create another blog post to help you decide what your family should wear for fall portraits.
I say this every time to every client: you never want to match your outfits. Matching outfits, while convienent for large groups, can look very out-dated. What I do recommend is mixing and matching similar colors in different tones. Choose one or two main colors, and maybe one accent color, and have everyone in your session wear a different version or tone of those colors by mixing textures, layers and patterns.
I always think of a family portrait as another piece of furniture in your home, so you want the style and color of your clothing to go well with your home decor. The rich, warm tones of fall go well with a lot of traditional decor using a lot of wood, browns, and reds. You can either play up the fall colors during your session by wearing clothes similar to the scenery OR you can stand out from your background by wearing complimentary color such as blue, green and purple.
If you are a fan of sweaters, denim, corduroy, and riding boots than you get excited for fall portrait sessions! Clients look great in rich textures and fabrics during fall portraits because it really creates a cozy atmosphere and demonstrates the time of year. Don’t be afraid of patterns. Plaids are great during the fall and can easily be layered under a sweater, scarf or under a cute statement tee. And if you have a clan full of boys you can change the patterns for each one of them as long as the colors are complimentary. They will look great individually and as a group.
Adding layers creates visual interest, but in the fall layers become more practical. Scarves, cardigan sweaters, and shirts under button downs are all great for this time of year. Knit dresses with a nice scarf over leggings with some tall boots are a staple of fall family photos. And being able to add and remove layers can create new looks with minimal effort.
As always, I do not recommend white or bright shoes in my session. They can be distracting and take the focus away from the love and connection of your family.
Don’t forget, we go over all of this during our consultation, and I can even help with shopping, too. And if you are still unsure of you wardrobe picks, don’t be afraid to reach out to me with a quick text of your pic or question. Contact me today to book your fall session!