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What To Wear For Your Autumn Family Photoshoot

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When deciding what to wear for your family photo shoot, there are a few simple ideas which you can adopt to help make your final portraits beautiful and timeless – portraits that won’t date and you will adore looking at for years and years. 

1. Think about where you want to display your portraits 

Have a think about where you are going to display your portraits.  You’re likely to want to hang them on the walls of your home for years to come, so the careful forethought you put into deciding what to wear – and the colour scheme you choose – for your shoot, will pay off for the many happy years your portraits are on display in your home.

DON’T LEAVE YOUR CLOTHING CHOICES TILL THE LAST MINUTE!

2. Plan in Advance

Think through what you would like everyone to wear and plan in advance.

A great place to start when thinking through what to wear for your family photo shoot, is to choose a theme.  So this could be smartformalcasual or smart casual

Within this theme, it’s a great idea to choose a couple of hues around which to develop your colour scheme.  Use your brightest choice of colour sparingly and blend in the rest of your clothing choices accordingly. 

3.  Don’t be afraid of layers!

Layers are a great way to add visual interest.  Autumn can be both boiling hot or freezing cold (or somewhere in between!), so it’s a great idea to have a number of layers to add or take away depending on the temperature.  Coats, jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves can all very easily add variety to your portraits.

Dark colours can be slimming and a great choice.  Therefore, it’s best to stay away from big, busy patterns which draw attention.  However, gentle stripes, subtle spots or understated florals can look lovely.  Tweeds look fantastic at this time of year, and married with a cute flat cap, can be gorgeous!

4. Accessorise

But don’t feel the need to leave accessories at home!  Kids look so cute in braces, wooly hats, headbands, ponchos; anything really!  Earrings, necklaces, hats are all welcome.  And if your child has a favourite (small) teddy – feel free to bring them along too!

It can help to find one key piece of clothing and dress the rest of the family around that.  So if a child has a favourite clothing item, or you have a particular outfit you love, use this as your starting point and work around that.

5. Be comfortable

Arguably, the most important thing to remember is to wear what is comfortable and in which you feel at ease.

Little girls look lovely in a dress and boys scrub up nicely in a shirt – but if they aren’t comfortable on the day of your photoshoot they are unlikely to enjoy the experience and we want your pictures to reflect a happy time!

Head over to my Pinterest boards to see seasonal colour ideas…

If you need any more inspiration on what to wear for your photoshoot, have a look below at some colour combinations and clothing styles.

Colour & Style Inpiration

denim red and yellow clothing suggestions for what to wear for your family photo shoot
gold and navy clothing suggestions for what to wear for your family photo shoot
brown and maroon clothing suggestions for what to wear for your family photo shoot
orange and red clothing suggestions for what to wear on your family photo shoot
crimson and navy clothing suggestions for what to wear for your family photo shoot
orange and gold clothing suggestions for what to wear for your family photo shoot

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