Pulling a look together just for yourself can be daunting enough at times, let alone coordinating the whole family! As we approach what I like to call family-photo-season, I wanted to revisit a story I wrote a few years back about outfit ideas for the whole family. From pumpkin patch exploration to sunflower field photoshoots – all of these moments lead up to what we’re going to be putting on our holiday cards, am I right?
For us, it’s all about the classics and keeping outfits timeless, so you’re not looking back at these images from years past feeling like they’re dated. While these snaps were just moments from our weekend getaway, they reminded me that it is time to start prepping for those upcoming holiday shoots! So if you’re looking for inspiration for Fall family picture outfit ideas or how to choose your outfits for your family photos, especially during the fall, you’ve landed in the right place. Here are my tips on creating the perfect Fall family photo color scheme.
Before even considering outfits and what you’re all going to wear, consider the setting. Is it in a sunflower field, against the backdrop of changing red or yellow leaves, in a pumpkin patch, on the front stoop surrounded by pumpkins, or at the park surrounded by greenery? This first consideration will determine your color scheme, so choose wisely.
Choosing the location makes choosing your outfits 100% times easier. Now look at the location and identify the first four colors you see. For the sunflower fields, it was yellow (flowers), black/brown (shadows), forest green (grass), and grey (sky). We didn’t want to pop out of the photos with bright yellows, so we took a combination of the more muted colors and dispersed it between the three of us. Lucy has the pop of green while Freddie and I played with the blacks and browns. While I am wearing all black, play with the idea of matching separates in this same color palette as Freddie did. I’d stick to two colors, one on top and one on bottom. That way, if you have a bigger family, you won’t look like one big blob of color; the color from the outfits will break you up a bit.
STICK WITH SOLIDS
Unless you’re going for a nautical or flannel print theme, an easy way to keep your photos looking timeless and not dated is to wear solid clothing and not prints, and it’s the best way to keep everyone looking cohesive.
CONSIDER COMFORT LEVEL
Is you’re family more laid back, or do they prefer getting all dolled up? Taking family photos can be challenging, so you want to ensure everyone is their most comfortable version of themselves. Feeling uncomfortable in what you’re wearing will read all over the images, so if you prefer to keep it casual, let that be the theme. Getting your guy in the right frame of mind can sometimes be the most challenging part of wrangling the family. I personally look to my husband Freddie’s comfort level with what he wants to wear, and what he feels most comfortable in, and then I dress according to what he picks. A button-down shirt felt too formal for him, so we opted for a simple black t-shirt with a nice solid jacket over the top.
Wherever you end up shooting and whatever you end up wearing, the most important message is to have fun! This is a moment to build memories to look back on for years to come so have a laugh and don’t take it too seriously. Here are some family picture outfit ideas to help you get started!