Believe it or not, arriving on time for your family portrait session is the easy part! What is difficult, is perfectly coordinating outfits so that everyone compliments each other. Aesthetics are one of the main focuses of photography, and it can be a tricky task. No matter how perfectly the setting is or poses are, outfits can clash and ruin the shot! Keep reading to learn about what to wear and avoid, to make the most out of your fall family portraits.
Set a Color Scheme
You have probably seen color palettes online, especially on Pinterest. While this can be helpful, the likelihood that you have the exact same pieces of clothing is unlikely. Instead, develop your personal palette by dressing one person at a time. To start, consider the setting that your session will take place in. If you are taking pictures on a pine farm, you should not wear dark green - you may blend into the background! Try an off-white, or ivory instead. Some color combinations to consider are:
Maroon, brown, ivory and gold.
Denims, tan, ivory and gold.
Dark red or crimson, navy, off-white, and brown.
Brown, beige, ivory and gold.
Denim, fuschia, light and dark grey, and off-white.
It seems silly to think that people would forget to consider the weather, but it happens more often than you would think. We get so caught up on looking ‘cute, that we wear high heels in a grass field! This not only leaves you uncomfortable for the duration of the shoot, but you look out of place. The same goes for bling and jewelry. Some toned down accessories are fine, but think along the line of layers. Not only will they keep you warm from any inclement weather, but they add more pattern and style. Plus you look warm and cozy, which is what the fall season is all about.
Things to Avoid
There are a lot of ideas floating around, so here is a strict list of what to avoid when it comes to fall portrait outfits. Go down the list to make sure you haven’t fallen down any of these holes:
Bright whites and neons - Too far in either of these directions and you are likely to be washed out, or your clothing will take center stage. Unless you are going to a glow-in-the-dark party, tone it down!
Transition lenses - It is easy to overlook the glasses you wear on a daily basis, but we wan’t to see your gorgeous eyes. Make sure to wear regular lenses, contacts, or no glasses the day of your session.
Text and logos - This one seems pretty obvious. The attention should be on you, not reading your clothing!
Formal or casual - Find the balance! We are not going to prom, but we also are not headed to a weekend soccer game. Rule of thumb: no short sleeves!
Overly complex patterns - Has looking at a patterned shirt ever made you dizzy? If so, then assume the camera is going to have the same issue. Go for large patterns, or solid colors.
If you get into the planning process and come across an item you are unsure of but love, never be afraid to ask! Contact us, and we will give you an answer, or help you come up with a solution.
Plan in Advance
With photoshoots, you should never leave any planning to last minute. It can make or break the outcome of a session, not to mention cause unnecessary stress! A commonly overlooked item ‒ until you are running out the door ‒ are shoes. This can leave you in neon or bright white tennis shoes that completely ruin an outfit. Make sure you set aside time for everyone try their outfits on well in advance. This will prevent any sudden mishaps or fitting issues that require resolving.
At Florafost Photography, we look forward to working with you and your family to create an aesthetic you will be proud to showcase. View our family portrait gallery to get an idea of our style, and to prepare any questions you may have for our one-on-one consultation. Then, contact us today to schedule your fall family portrait session!