fall family portraits andrew samplawski photography

Fall Family Portraits

fall family portraits andrew samplawski photography

Top 5 Tips for Planning Fall Family Portraits

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing, and the light has that unmistakable golden glow that can mean only one thing:  fall is here! Fall is the perfect time of year to plan for family portraits. By getting new family portraits taken in the fall, you will have those new images ready for your mantle this coming holiday season. With the crispness to the air and the brightness of the colors, autumn is a beautiful backdrop to weddings and family portraits alike. To help you plan, here are my top 5 tips for planning fall family portraits.

Use Fall Colors in your Family Portraits:

Take inspiration from the rich, saturated colors of nature when selecting your outfits. Consider taking inspiration from the changing leaves and using hues in gold, orange, red or cinnamon. Or, use a complimentary color to the leaves in burgundy, maroon or rich purple.  These dark, rich colors look great against most skin tones and against the bright colors of the outdoors.

Plan your Outfits around your Home Décor

If your plan is to take your portraits in front of your home or in front of your fireplace, plan your outfits to coordinate with those colors and textures.  Consider the color of the stones in the fireplace or the railings on your front steps.  Remembering what your background will look like can really make the end result look great.

On a related note, if you already have a spot picked out for your new family portrait, think about matching the colors in that room.  If you have a big blue sectional, make sure your outfits look great when you hang your beautiful new family portrait above it!

The Rule of Three

When planning outfits, take another note from the world of home decorating: the rule of three. Use three main colors. So if your little boy is wearing a maroon, gold and navy plaid shirt, work around those three colors.  Consider neutral colors like black and brown freebie colors.  Not everyone has to wear all three colors, but using the colors across everyone in the pictures creates harmony and balance in your pictures.

Fall Accessories

The best thing about fall is the accessories.  Break out the tall boots and the skinny jeans! Scarves and cardigans are great ways to layer for warmth, color and texture. Layers allow you to additional pops and surprises of color into a picture. Vary the colors, vary the patterns and vary the textures to create interest across everyone in the picture.

All things pumpkin spice

Speaking of fall, I love the new pumpkin spice latte from Caribou Coffee! Whether it be a pumpkin spice latte, a pumpkin spice donut or a pumpkin spice muffin, make sure to get into the fall spirit. Get inspired by fall for your pictures, whether by the colors of the leaves, the spice in the drinks, or the feeling of gratitude that everyone shares as the temperatures drop.

Fall is a great season for family. Consider celebrating it with a fall family portrait session.  Make sure to contact me to get one scheduled.

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