August 10, 2021
The one thing I’ve encountered as a St. Louis Photographer is helping clients on what to ear for their sessions. What to wear for an outdoor family session can be so nerve-racking. In fact, it can be what makes or breaks for you on if you’ll even do Fall family photos. There is just so much stress around getting everyone to look good and of course, behave, as well. As a St. Louis Family photographer, I pride myself on helping each of my families dress their best while being themselves in the shoot. I enjoy capturing the real you, the personality that is your family, that I do all that I can to ensure diversity and individuality while looking amazing!
There is so much information out there about how you should all match from head to toe. Matching exactly creates sterility that in fact can be quite jarring to the eye. Building a wardrobe that is both flattering and captures your family’s personalities can be quite tricky. But I have compiled 6 tips on how to dress for your family Fall session! I always help my clients from day one on choosing outfits so that they aren’t doing it just days before the session. That way they show up to the session feeling confident and comfortable.
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1 DRESS FOR THE SEASON
Fall time often means cooler temperatures. It’s best to plan to layer the young ones in outfits that will keep them warm. After all, a cold baby is a cranky baby. I always suggest keeping an eye on the weather to get an actual sense of temperatures on the day of your session. Chunky coats never photograph all that well but you need to keep warm. This is why I always suggest to layer up. Build from the ground up with long underwear, shirts, sweaters, and vests. The weather in Missouri can be so unpredictable – one day it can be warm in October and the next it could be extremely cold. Have the pieces ready to build your outfit for that day. Always be overprepared rather than underprepared. If it ends up being warm for the day of the session, it’s best to be able to return items that you didn’t use than to run out last minute to purchase things!
2 COLOR PALETTE
The color palettes that often photograph well for Fall and for Winter are Jewel Tones, Earth Colors and Warm Neutrals. I love looking through Pinterest for inspiration and I always suggest that my clients do the same thing. You’d be surprised the kinds of things you’d find there! When it comes to color palettes, it’s best to not have everyone in the same color or have majority in the same color. The great thing about palettes is that it allows for diversity and individuality within the palette so that you get to express yourself but also look great for your photos! I also suggest that mom find a beautiful dress that offers a few colors from the palette of choice and then build the rest of the family out from there.
One of the things that is often overlooked is texture. Woven fabrics tend to be the easiest texture to incorporate into your session. This can be done in the way of sweaters, shirts or even a scarf. Knits pair easily with plaids; or incorporating sued into your session with a belt or boots. Just make sure you keep a unison look of textures among the family. Everyone wearing knits and the one family member is going with lace for a bohemian vibe, it’s not going to flow well in your photos!
4 KNOW YOUR FAMILY
One of the most important things is to know your family; know what they are comfortable wearing. If your daughter hates bows, don’t put them on. Let her be who she is. You want her to be happy in the photos and to be herself. Same with your other children and even dad! Choose things that they will be comfortable in and allow them to express who they are.
5 TRUST YOURSELF
This goes hand in hand with the above – trust yourself. You dress and style your family every day and you know what works for them and what does. Don’t try out anything new for the session that you haven’t already done – like makeup. I often suggested being light on the makeup if you don’t normally wear it!
6 FIND INSPIRATION ONLINE
I can’t express this enough! Google and Pinterest are your best friend when it comes to inspiration on how to style your family! Stores I often suggest my clients to look at are places like Old Navy, Target, H&M, TJ Maxx – for flowy gowns I always suggest Baltic Born, Free People and Joyfoli! And of course, always, always reach out to your photographer if you are struggling. I offer wardrobe consultation with every session! I am more than happy to look at photos of things you’ve picked out (from the store or your closet) or I am more than happy to accompany you to a store to help you shop!
As a St. Louis Family Photographer, I love knowing better ways to help my clients. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Let’s Chat!