What to Wear for Fall Family Photos


While the outdoor temps are still hot, don’t be fooled – Fall is just around the corner. “What to wear for fall family photos?” will be a common question I’ll be hearing from clients. And do I have suggestions!

Two things I want you to remember before you dive in to my tips for what to wear for fall family photos: 

  1. I will help you through the process of styling your family. I’ll send you vision boards and links where you can purchase items from. 
  2. You can also borrow from my feminine and baby client wardrobe for your session. I have over 60+ dresses in a variety of sizes. And over 50 pieces for babies sized 0-18 months. 


Now that you know that I’m here to help, let’s go over some of the things I’m considering when I style your family. 

1. Start with your outfit first

If you are the one reading this, then you are likely the point person for organizing Fall family photos. Congrats! Your bonus for being the organizer is getting  to pick out what you are wearing first,and then coordinate the family around you.  Find something you LOVE and then plan the rest of your family’s outfits around that! Remember, I have a feminine wardrobe you can borrow from as well!

2. Think about your photo location

Are you doing a studio or outdoor session? All of my outdoor sessions take place at my favorite natural area, which photographs beautifully year round.  The Fall colors don’t disappoint! Keep in mind you don’t want to blend in with your location, but you don’t want to clash with the background either.

3. Color schemes

Speaking of colors, I recommend light-colored neutrals, or jewel tones. Choosing these types of colors will give your images a timeless feel to them. Bright, bold colors can be  distracting and date images more quickly. 

4. Coordinate – don’t match

You don’t want everyone to be wearing the same thing. Instead create visual interest by creating a coordinated look. This visually breaks up colors and shades . Think about creating a color palette with your outfits. Having different hues and  textures helps elevate your photos. The more you can mix it up the better!

5. Layers & Sweaters

As the weather gets cooler, think about utilizing long cardigans, textured scarves & chunky sweaters to add some extra dimension to your images and keep everyone warm on those chilly fall evenings. I love a long cardigan with a beautiful flowy dress or a thick neutral knit scarf that you can wear like a shawl. And you can never go wrong with a chunky cream sweater paired with khakis. 

6. Choose timeless pieces over super trendy items

We all know that fashion goes through interesting trends. Trendy pieces can make a photo cringeworthy 20 years from now. Select outfits that will stand the test of time. 

My goal is to make planning for your fall family session as stress-free as possible. Before your photo session I will send you some vision boards with links to purchase items. I encourage you to send me photos of all of your outfits before our session. 

If you are interested in borrowing from my client wardrobe, let me know and we can hop on a quick video call for a virtual viewing. 

Fall is the perfect time to update your family portraits for the year with timeless images of your family that you can cherish forever. With an added bonus of being a great opportunity to have updated images of your darling family to send out to friends and family on your holiday card! 

Let me help you with all of the little details of what to wear for fall family photos so you can sit back, relax and spend more time with your beautiful family. 

Check out some more of my family photography work here.

Ready to book your fall family photo session? Click here to get started. 

Check out some of my 2022 fall family photo session vision boards below for inspiration on what to wear for fall family photos.

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Here’s a list of some of my favorite places to shop for outfits:


Baltic Born



Nothing Fits But



Rylee + Cru


Jamie Kay

Oat + Co





Old Navy


Banana Republic



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