How to Dress for Fall Portraits

I absolutely love this time of year. The temperature begins to dip, football season has begun, and all of sudden pumpkin is in everything. It's also the best time of year for family portraits! You may be overwhelmed with options and trying to style a whole family can be difficult, so I've compiled a few steps to help.

1. Choose a color palette.
The beautiful fall foliage lends itself to warm, vibrant tones. Consider navy, charcoal grey, and cream as neutral bases, and add in burgundy, mustard, rust, plum, and/or sage for pops of color. Steer clear of stark black, white, or red.

2. Dress Mom first.
I always find something for myself first, then build the rest of the family's outfits around my own. Why? Because if mom is happy and comfortable, everyone will be! Look for long flowing dresses, preferably in a solid color and textured fabric such as lace. Colored denim is a great way to add some interest to the look, but stay away from short dresses unless you're wearing leggings underneath as it may limit your posing options.

3. Embrace print.
Especially for the kids! Think plaid shirts for the boys and fall florals for the girls. As long as everyone is in the same color palette, it will look beautifully cohesive without being matchy-matchy.

4. Keep it simple for Dad.
Once you've figured out Mom and kids, Dad should be easy. There's nothing better for him than a perfectly fitted pair of dark-wash denim. Pair with a collared shirt or sweater in a shade from your color palette, and he's good to go! Just be sure to veto any t-shirts or sneakers.

5. Accessorize!
This is where it gets really fun and totally unique to you! Cooler weather means you can layer, and layering is an excellent way to get some variety in your images without a full wardrobe change. Consider vests for the guys, or cardigans for the girls. Add a statement necklace for Mom or even floral crowns for the girls. Bring props such as pumpkins, a bushel basket full of apples, or a beautiful blanket for even more options!

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