18 Fall Family Photos

Fall season is the perfect time for having your family photos taken. The cooler weather means you won’t be sweating while taking outdoor family photos, and as long as you do your shoot earlier in fall, it won’t be too cold. The beautiful fall foliage and fall colors are the perfect backdrop and having your family photos taken during fall is a good idea for an annual family portrait tradition. However, deciding what to wear as a family can be tricky. You don’t have to wear matching clothes to look good in photos, so I’m sharing a roundup of 18 fall family photo ideas that you can use as inspiration for your fall family photoshoots.

18 Fall Family Photo Ideas

The holiday season can be overwhelming and busy to say the least and then adding family pictures to all it can be a bit stressful. Scrolling Pinterest boards and scanning your closet. Panicking over what in the WORLD to wear…not just for yourself, but the entire family. It can be super overwhelming, and although I am no pro at this, I have learned some tricks along the way that make the process much easier, while creating a cohesive “look” and streamlining all the anxiety along the way.

Holiday Family Pictures Style Guide - 18 Fall Family Photos

Boy Outfit (Jcrew) / Me: Free People Sweater / Black Slip Dress or Skirt / Python Boots / Girl Metallic Dress / Ryan Blazer and AG Jeans Nordstrom / Window Pane Dress (Neiman Marcus)

Family Portrait Tips

Keep scrolling to see more details of each tip, but here’s what I’m going to cover

  • 18 Fall family Photos Ideas
  • How to Choose Your Color Schemes and Color Palette for your family portrait
  • How to Choose Clothing
  • Fall Family Photo Outfit Ideas
  • Where to Buy for Your Family Photos
  • When to Shoot | Golden Hour

How To Choose A Family Photographer

When choosing a family photographer, it’s important to look at their work and how they edit. Finding the perfect photographer for your family might take a little research, but its totally worth it. Do they portray the personalities of your family? Are they capturing the special moments you want to see years to come? Most often these are your Christmas cards, so you want them to be fun and show off the beauty of your family.

So you’ve booked your photo session with the photographer. Whew, next step, figure out the attire. I also ask myself some questions once we’ve scheduled to get a feel for what I WANT from the shoot.

What Location to Choose for your Fall Family Photo Session

For me, I typically shoot at our house, I feel like the kids are more comfortable and it’s always nice to look back at pictures and capture those memories in your own home. I also, love that you can get them playing in their room or jumping on your bed. It just feels very personal and they are also a little more comfortable in their own space. Last year, we did a streetstyle shoot which was fun because alot of my content is on the street. I also am loving more of the nature shots like out in a field or a park with the leaves falling. I recently just shot with a mommy and girls fashion shot in more of a rustic vibe and I’m so excited how they turned out. Follow me on instagram to see them!

What Vibe to Create for your Fall Family Photos

How do you want the pictures to feel? Classic. Formal. Relaxed. Cheerful. Earthy. Deciding on your vibe beforehand will make deciding what to wear for family photos much easier.

How to Choose Color Schemes

Once you have your location, it’s much easier to get the color scheme and then choose your outfits. I love to keep our family outfits neutral, but sometimes I add a pop of color or a print.

Do you have to Wear a Dress?

No! Just because you are hiring a family photographer doesn’t mean they have to be dressy. Be You! If that’s opting for jeans instead of a dress stick to what you are comfortable with!

How To Choose Outfits For Family Photos

Start with Your Outfit

Starting with your own outfit makes for an easier starting poit.

Don’t get two MATCHY MATCHY.

Add in various textures, coordinating colors that mesh with one another, and don’t be afraid to pop in some pattern mixing.

Avoid super bold patterns.

You want to look at the pictures and notice expressions not a print your will regret.

Make sure whatever outfits you chose they are YOU.

The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable. It will read all over the photos. This goes for each individual family member as well.

Consider the location of your photoshoot.

Plan ahead and ensure that your chosen color scheme doesn’t complete clash with the colors in your chosen location. For example, if you’re shooting at home, ensure your outfits don’t clash with your home decor.

Fall Family Photography Ideas

Black White And Gray Family Pictures

I love the vintage photographic style of black and white photo shoots. I’ve found that they make the best interior photos for decorating as well. The tonal black and white matches everything.

Maroon Family Picture Outfits

Also featured below is a photo from our maroon filter portrait set. The maroon filter just gives the most relaxing and happy vibes. Its definitely one of my favorites.

Boy Outfit (Jcrew) / Me: Free People Sweater / Black Slip Dress or Skirt / Python Boots / Girl Metallic Dress / Ryan Blazer and AG Jeans Nordstrom / Window Pane Dress (Neiman Marcus)

How to Choose Clothing & Where to Buy for Your Family Picture Outfits

It might sound crazy, but I plan everyones outfits around….MINE! Yes, me the glue for your family and you need to put yourself First for ONCE! You need to look and feel confident. Also, you never want to plan everyone elses outfits and then settle for something to wear. It makes everything else so much easier when you have a starting point when choosing a color palette for your photo session.

One Stop Shop: Nordstrom It’s the perfect place to cover the whole family.

Women’s: If you want more of a statement piece for you such as an elevated basics, Shopbop or Revolve is always a go too for me.

Kids: A Unique Places for Kids is maisonette. I always get Grayson’s buttons downs at J.Crew.

Fall Family Outfit Ideas

Shop The Family Outfit

Choosing fall colors for your color palette is a great option for fall family photo ideas especially when you shoot at golden hour. It brings too much warmth to you skin in the photo session.

Shop The Fall Family Outfit

These fall colors will be perfect for heading into the holiday season. The deep burgundy and navy blues are a great color palette for your family portraits.

Shop The Outfits

Keep it simple with a brown and cream color palette.

Fall Family Outfit Ideas - 18 Fall Family Photos

Boy Outfit (Jcrew) / Me: Free People Sweater / Black Slip Dress or Skirt / Python Boots / Girl Metallic Dress / Ryan Blazer and AG Jeans Nordstrom / Window Pane Dress (Neiman Marcus)

Holiday Family Pictures Style Guide - 18 Fall Family Photos

Kids Fall Family Picture Outfit Ideas

Holiday Family Pictures Style Guide - 18 Fall Family Photos
Kids Family Pictures outfit ideas
Holiday Family Pictures Style Guide - 18 Fall Family Photos
How to Choose Clothing & Where to Buy for Your Family Picture Outfits

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Blue & Cream Color Scheme for Fall Family Photos

I hope this post inspires you on captures some amazing photos! If you need specific help with your family fall photo styling, please reach out! I’m always here to help!

In addition, here is a recap of my latest blog post.

At last, please feel free to email me at thegraydetails@gmail.com if you have any questions!  As always, I’m always happy to help with styling or picking out a specific outfit for an event! 




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