When it comes to planning out your family photo session, you’re probably wondering: How do I make this all work? How do I put together matching family outfits that coordinate with one another? We get it. The task of planning the ensembles for everyone can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!
These pictures are going to hang on your wall, sit on your desk and be set as the wallpaper on your phone. You want them to look fantastic! With this in mind, we’ve put together a complete guide to putting together matching family outfits for your fall photoshoot.
Long gone are the days when everyone wore a pair of jeans and a white polo shirt for family photos. It’s becoming more and more popular to incorporate a variety of colors into your family photos, and we are absolutely thrilled about it!
Color is a great place to start. Fall brings with it its own color wheel of hues and shades that represent the season well. You know the ones I’m talking about – deep green, maroon red, mustard yellow, vivid plum, navy blue, dreamy cream and deep brown. A navy-blue women’s dress here and a mustard-yellow men’s sweater there easily create a look that screams fall.
Going with fall colors is a great direction to take. However, it’s wise to choose a handful of colors to create your matching family outfits. Two or three main colors with two or three supporting colors are a great way to go.
For example, your main colors could be evergreen and plum, with cream and black as supporting colors. Or perhaps you opt for maroon, navy and mustard, with gray and cream as supporting colors.
Draw in those colors with a cute women’s blouse or a girl’s cardigan for your little one. It can feel overwhelming initially, but once you’ve determined the shades you want to incorporate, it becomes much easier to find pieces to fit the color scheme.
Another way you could go is to choose one color and have everyone wear varying shades. For example, if your color is blue, you could have everything from baby blue to periwinkle to navy. Perhaps you choose the color yellow. From pale hues of yellow to deep mustard, there is a wide variety of shades to choose from that look beautiful when they’re all put together.
Another direction you could take is to incorporate exclusively neutral colors for your color palette. This doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone wears just white or just black. Rather, give everyone a variety of neutral colors to choose from when putting together their family photo ensembles.
These neutral colors could be black, white, gray, cream, beige, taupe and brown. A lovely, cream-colored women’s sweater paired with some black pants, a white dress for your little girl and gray slacks with button-ups for the boys will create an overall timeless look that will look good on your walls for years to come.
Keep in mind when planning your outfits that you should include different colors and textures, as well as minimal patterns. You don’t want the overall look to be too busy, but you also don’t want it to be flat, either.
A chunky knitted kid’s sweater or some women’s corduroy pants are easy ways to add more texture to your family’s outfits. If you decide to add patterns, keep it to one or two items so that everyone’s outfits can work together cohesively.
Something you might consider when planning matching family outfits for your photoshoot is to choose one item and plan around that. This can make it so much easier to choose the outfits for the other members of your family.
This is especially true if you have an article of clothing with a pattern in it that you really want to incorporate. Maybe it’s a striped dress for your child. Perhaps it’s a floral women’s blouse for you. Whatever it is, consider the colors in that item and include them in your color scheme.
For example, does your blouse have yellow, purple and blue? There you go; that’s your color scheme. Easy as that. Throw in some easy neutral tones and you’re good to go!
We understand that putting in the effort to have beautiful family photos is a priority for you. As you nail down the details and determine how you’re going to create cohesive, matching family outfits, be sure to take some of our tips into consideration. Plan out those outfits and grab some frames: it’s time to get some new family photos up on the wall!