Let me just start by saying you be you. You often look your best in a photo when you're comfortable and clothes fit properly so if these outfits aren't your thing, please don't go buy them or think this is what you have to look like for your family photo session. I plan to share many more of these in the future, but these are just a few outfit groups catching my attention for fall family photos right now and I want to share with you why I love the way they were put together.
Outfit Group #1
What I love
It looks comfy, which equals happy husband and happy kiddos
It's neutral - this stuff looks good with any backdrop and more importantly, on your wall at home once you print your photos
Layers!!! - Layers add texture and visual appeal and can cover those areas that maybe you're not super happy about. When it comes to in home shots I feel this is less necessary, but it's great for those outdoor family portraits.
It's not too matchy matchy so you don't look like you jumped straight out of the 90's with khakis and white shirts. Matching rarely works. Sometimes it totally does, but for real, it's rare. When you're out shopping for clothes, think "coordinate" and not "match". "Coordinate" is your word. Pick a few colors that go well together and plan around that or pick an outfit for mom that makes mom feel great and plan everyone else's outfits around mom.
Outfit Group #2
What I Love
Again it looks comfy. If you can't tell, I want everyone to feel good and be happy and comfy.
The colors say Fall. Sometimes that's what you're going for. I love the pop of color in the outfit meant for mom. She stands out in a good way without distracting from the rest of the outfits.
There is just one outfit with a bold pattern. This is another one of those things that can sometimes be pulled off, but it's hard. If you're playing it safe, stick to just one person wearing a patterned outfit. The leggings for the little girl outfit have a pattern, but it's not another plaid and it's simple, small, and not distracting. It works.
Blankets!!! I almost always have one on standby, but I'm a fan when families show up with one they love or that has meaning to them. Sit on them or wrap them around you. Either way it's just another layer that I love.
At the end of the day if your outfit wasn't perfect, as long as you showed up and connected with your family in a meaningful way in front of the camera, you're going to love your photos. This post isn't meant to stress you out about what to wear, but more so it's meant to give you a few pointers just in case you're not sure where to start. I can't wait to work with you.