Wardrobe Guide for Fall Family Photos | Chicago Family Photographer

Although we have had hot summer weather the last few days in Chicago fall is around the corner and and that means that it is nearly the season for fall family photos! I know that so many of my clients stress over what they should wear for their family portraits and coordinating outfits for multiple family members can seem overwhelming. 

The right outfit can make your family photos look classic and timeless, but you don’t need to feel pressured to buy an entirely new wardrobe for your session! I am sure that you already have some amazing wardrobe options in your closet. However, if you are feeling daunted by the prospect of what pieces to pair for your photos don’t fret! Today I am sharing with you some of my favorite outfit choices for fall and holiday photo sessions as well as my top tips to help you choose the perfect wardrobe for all of your family members! 


Consider your family’s outfits grouped together and look to see that the color palette is cohesive, not matchy-matchy. Neutrals are always best – think creams, whites, grays. If you’d like to add in a pop of color navy, dark green, mustard yellow, and even a deep maroon look beautiful with fall colors. 


Patterns are a great way to incorporate your personal style, however I would recommend avoiding any patterns that are too bold so that your photos don’t look too busy. If you would like to add a pattern, I would suggest adding pattern only to one or two people in your group. A floral dress or tiny polka dots are soft patterns that always photograph beautifully! 


Layering is a great way to add texture, depth, and visual interest to your family portraits. Similar to my suggestion with patterns, try to incorporate layers with only a few members of your family in order to keep things simple and clean. A few easy ways to add layers are with blazers, cardigans, scarves, and tights. 

If you still aren’t sure about how to dress your family for your upcoming photos I’ve included a few examples below to help inspire you. And as always, I’m here to help!


For Mom – Sweater Blazer & Flutter Sleeve Shirt

For Littles – Smocked Dress & Knit Long Sleeve One-Piece

For Dad – Cotton Sweater & Chinos


For Mom – Long Sweater Blazer & Puff Sleeve Top

For Littles – Cable Knit Dress & Knit Overalls with Ruffle Bodysuit

For Dad – Crewneck Sweater & Dark Denim

Audrey Hoover Photography is a Chicago family photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, and baby and family photography in the Chicago area, including the surrounding Chicago suburbs. I am so happy you are here and I would love to tell you more about a Chicago lifestyle family photography session! If you are interested in learning more, please click here to begin planning your Chicago family session or to see more of my newborn, maternity and family session portfolios.  

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