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How to plan family outfits – Fall edition

Your style and personality are important, and you should feel comfortable in what you wear. I've put together a few simple tips and tricks outlining how to coordinate your family outfits. This is just a starting point – but the results will make your photos look cohesive and well planned out!

Step 1


I always recommend starting your outfit planning with a statement piece!

This could be done by incorporating a patterned dress, a plaid shirt, or another patterned piece of clothing.

Step 2


Now that you have your statement piece, start pulling colours (usually neutrals, or muted colours) from this item for the rest of the family.

Step 3


One of my biggest recommendations is to not perfectly match or dress family members in the same articles of clothing (ie. white t-shirts with jeans). I know it's tempting and easier to shop for, but it often makes everyone blend in and lacks personality.


Colour palettes to consider

  • neutrals (greys, khaki, beiges)

  • solid colours (adding a pop of colour will really stand out)

  • great colours for fall – rust/burnt orange, mustard yellow, khaki, cream, navy

What to avoid:

  • large/dominant prints

  • logos or large text

  • neons

  • solid black

  • unseasonable attire (ie christmas sweaters)

Layers and texture, oh my!

Here's another tip! Subtle accents on clothing such as ruffles or buttons help add texture and interest. Layering clothing also help achieve this – and don't forget about accessories! Headbands, bows and hats can all bring a personal touch to your session.

Layering your looks will also provide warmth without the need of bulky coats. With unpredictable fall weather, I recommend adding an extra layer or two under your outfits to keep everyone warm (and happy!). 


My approach

My style leans more towards candid photography, with a lifestyle approach. I want to capture the in-the-moment smiles, smirks, and yes, the curled lip before the tears – all the moods and personalities. I want you to feel comfortable in front of the camera, and as though I'm just tagging along for an adventure.

I'll ensure your family session has a natural flow that allows you to interact with one another in a casual way. We'll be sure to get natural candid shots, as well as some gently posed ones throughout your session.

Pinterest is your best friend when it comes to outfit inspo!

But – I've already done most of the work for you by putting together a board full of fall outfit inspiration for you! Check out my Fall Style Guide on Pinterest for some easy to follow looks!

I'm also available to provide suggestions, or to review what you've put together. Just send me an email or message!

Fall coloured clothing for the family

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to connect before your session –

Sarah Willoughby

Family, Children & Brand  Photographer

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© 2022  |  Sarah Willoughby

Sarah is a portrait photographer based in Kitchener. She specializes in family, children and brand photography with a candid and inspiring style.

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