Fall Family Photo Outfit Ideas

Fall is the perfect time of year to schedule your annual family photo session. The weather is usually mild, and the leaves are changing, making a beautiful background for your pictures. I’m sharing a few fall family photo outfit ideas. Plus some tricks and tips to consider when choosing outfits for each family member.

If you’re looking for even more fall outfit inspo, I just released my fall lookbook for the month of October that you won’t want to miss HERE.

Fall Family Photo Outfit Ideas

It can be stressful enough trying to get yourself looking your best, plus getting the rest of your family ready for photos. Then, layer on trying to get everyone to smile and not melt down before you get the shot is a whole other thing. So hopefully this post will take the outfit-choosing out of the hard-to-do equation of prepping for family photos.

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Tips for Picking the Perfect Family Photo Outfits

Choose One Dominate Color

When you’re beginning to plan your outfits, choose one dominate color with two to three accent colors. Then, you can center your outfit pieces around that particular color and coordinate with small pieces, using the accent colors.

Consider the Location

Next, you want to consider the location. What’s the backdrop going to be like? Will it feature the fall leaves? Is it the ocean? Or is there lots of wooded area around with green leaves? Your outfits should pop against the backdrop, but not clash either. For instance, you probably wouldn’t want to wear baby blues against the backdrop of fall foliage. So consider the location and time of year when choosing your outfits.

Start with Your Outfit

I like to choose my outfit first. Then, build in coordinating colors from there with each of your family members. If the pictures are for your little girl or boy’s 1st birthday or some other special occasion that has to do with a certain family member, then pick their outfit first and build everyone else’s outfit around that.

Avoid Black

I know black is slimming and comfortable to wear, but every photographer I’ve worked with told me to avoid wearing this color. It shows every piece of lent, pet hair, your hair etc., and doesn’t photograph as well as lighter colors.

Coordinate But Don’t Match

If ever there was a time to say, “Don’t be too matchy, matchy” this is the time. You want to coordinate, but not match so that you can distinguish each person’s outfit in the photo. It’s especially important when you’re standing close to one another in a photo with no space in between your outfits.

Layer In Textures

Layering in different textures is an easy way to add interest and dimension to each person’s outfit. For instance, if your dress was a linen and your daughter’s dress was a cotton, but similar in color that would still work well in the photo because of the different textures. You can also add a scarf or chunky sweater to your look in the fall to add in more texture.

Choose Muted Colors

You want to choose muted colors, so that your family’s face is the focus of the picture. Avoid wearing colors that are bold and bright because they can be distracting to look at in a photo.

Outfit Themes

Below are three color ideas you can choose for your family photos. Of course, you can have other color themes. But these are great options to go with a variety of backdrops.

Rose Pink Theme
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This rosy pink option includes pops of pink without being over the top. The mom’s dress includes a pattern, so the rest of the outfits are solid colors to avoid the overall look being too busy. The texture of the little girl’s dress and little boy’s sweater also add great dimension to this outfit idea roundup.

Muted Blue Theme
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This muted blue theme would make a great outfit idea for the beach. Again the mom has a beautiful floral pattern featured in her dress, so the rest of the outfits are solid colors. Once you choose your outfit, then start pulling colors for your outfit to coordinate with the rest of your family members.

Neutral Theme
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A warm neutral theme is the perfect color combo for fall foliage in the background. This time Mom is in a solid color while the girl has a fun pattern in her overhauls. The button detail of the little boys outfit is also fitting for this theme.

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Are you getting fall family photos done this year? If so, have you chosen your outfits yet? Let me know in the comments below to share your outfit ideas!

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  1. Heidi Lyszczarz wrote:

    We almost always take a family photo in October or November, but it is always planned to be used for Christmas cards. So, I am always trying to make our outfits look more holiday like. Any outfit inspiration for that? Thanks!

    Posted 10.8.22 Reply