Whether you're doing family portraits, engagement pictures, or a photo shoot that’s all about you, choosing what to wear can put a damper on the experience. You want to look and feel your best, but choosing clothes that make you look and feel your best, while matching the season, is difficult. Let’s be real, that slinky black dress you feel amazing in isn’t the best choice for fall photos. And when your daughter begs you to let her wear her favorite Frozen tee with Elsa plastered all over it, please don’t give in! Add on that the weather in the fall is iffy, you’ve got yourself a ball of stress planning for something that’s suppose to be fun and create lasting memories.
I’ve got you covered though! Here’s my guide to fall photo shoot wardrobe :)
For fall pictures, I suggest avoiding any summery colors (this should go without saying). In addition, a rule of thumb for any photo shoot is to avoid overly busy patterns. Now that we’ve established those two rules, we can get into colors that work great: red, green, navy blue, beige, purple, gray, and mustard yellow. There’s a few reasons I suggest these hues...
Fall Vibe: Red, green, navy blue, beige, purple, gray and mustard yellow are fall colors and simply fit with the season. If you live in an area where the leaves change color, take a look at the leaf colors. What do you see? I’m guessing you see red, green and yellow. Am I right?
Fall Feels: When I think of fall, I think of chasing warmth; cuddling up inside in front of a fire to battle the changing temperatures. This applies to clothing colors too. The colors listed above give off a sense of warmth and coziness you'll want to exude in your photos.
Fall Scenery: These colors will likely match the backdrop or scenery of your photos. People tend to do fall photo shoots outside to capture the changing season. You can’t go wrong with red, green, navy blue, beige, purple, gray or mustard yellow; all will go really well with the scenery and play off the natural colors given off by the landscape.
Comfort is Key
Now that we’ve established the best colors, it’s time to touch on what to wear. To feel and look your best, you have to be comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing. Fall photo shoots provide the best opportunity for this. The shoots are typically laid back, nothing fancy here; so think comfortable, and in your element when choosing clothing.
Don’t hesitate to put on your favorite pair of denim jeans with a sweater and scarf - that is fall, this is fall! This goes for men, women, and even kids. If you’re doing a family shoot and think your daughter is going to fidget if wearing a dress, put her in some cute leggings paired with a sweater - dress discomfort solved! Same thing goes for your boys. No need to get them super dressed up with a tie and suit jacket. Keep it casual with jeans and a button up.
You are not a Kardashian and there's no need to aim for their over-the-top, professionally styled photos. Stay true to who you are, the season, and the real reason you’re doing the shoot.
Coordinate... or at least try to
If you’re doing a couples, engagement, or family session, please coordinate, coordinate, coordinate! It may sound like a nightmare if you have five kids of all different ages, but I promise you it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here’s how to make it easy on yourself:
Step 1: Choose a staple color or subtle pattern that can show up somewhere in each outfit. Let’s say based on your shoot location and your ideal look, green would be a good wardrobe color. Choose green as your base color and move on to the next step.
Step 2: Keeping green (or the subtle pattern you chose) in mind, go shopping for your outfits or pick through your closets to see what you can find. Grab pieces that incorporate a similar green color or pattern. For example, plaid green shirt for kid #1, green scarf for kid #2, green sweater for you, green vest for dad, etc. Maintain the green color, or pattern, somewhere in each outfit and ta-da, you’re coordinated! Easy as that.
And remember, don’t stress too much over picking out the best outfit(s). It can be really easy if you follow the above steps and take into consideration my Pinterest suggestions. Do you have any tips on fall photo shoot clothing? I’d love to hear them in the comment section below!