What to Wear for Fall Family Portraits
Jennifer Carley Photography is a Dallas based child and family photographer. She enjoys capturing not only families but also maternity, newborns, and high school seniors.
When scheduling sessions many clients ask for advice on planning their outfits. I am always happy to make suggestions and give feedback. I suggest starting by choosing an outfit for one person, then building from there. Incorporate various coordinating colors for each person. Some people start with a neutral like gray or tan and add a pop of color. Others like to choose a main color, then incorporate complimentary neutrals. One thing to keep consistent is the color tone, stay in the warm tones or in cool tones.
Step by Step:
Decide if you want to dress formal, semi-casual, or casual. Consider the location in making this decision. Crisp clean urban settings, compliment dressy attire, while a rugged natural setting is nice for casual clothing.
Start with an inspiration outfit. Choose other pieces based on that outfit.
Use a variety of colors that coordinate by incorporating small detail colors in an outfit.
Keep the patterns simple. Allow only one person to have a busy design.
Add layers and accessories. These give texture and interest in the photo.
Choose appropriate shoes. This is not the time for sneakers or flip flops.
Check nails, teeth, and hair for grooming.
Lastly, make sure clothing fits well and is not constricting or uncomfortable.
Things to avoid:
Some wardrobe choices can become a big distraction in photographs. It is smart to avoid clothes with words, pictures, and logo. Bright neon colors do not photograph well and discolor skin tone. Remember to remove keys, phones, and hair ties before starting photos. Check nail polish and makeup application. These are small details that make a difference in the final product.
Color Board for inspiration: