The Importance of Fall Family Photos

July 28, 2023

man holds smiling child above his head in a fall woodland setting


As the leaves start to change and the air turns crisp, fall provides the perfect backdrop for your family photos. Preserving moments with your loved ones is important at any time of year, but there is something special about the fall season. From the vibrant colors of the changing leaves to the cozy sweaters and scarves, fall offers endless opportunities to create beautiful images. Not only do these photos serve as cherished memories for years to come, they also make for great holiday cards and gifts. 

But, the importance of fall family photos goes beyond just aesthetics. In a world where time seems to fly by, taking the time to pause and document moments with our loved ones is a perfect reminder of what truly matters in life. It’s a chance to bond, to laugh, and to create new memories. When you look back at these photos, you are reminded of the love and happiness that you share as a family. In a world where we are constantly on the go, taking the time to slow down and spend time with your loved ones is more important than ever. 

Why should you choose fall?

The fall season brings with it uniquely beautiful landscapes that can enhance your family photos. The changing leaves provide a beautiful backdrop and add warmth and depth to your images. The warm tones of fall also make for great color schemes, which can be tied into your family’s outfits.

The fall season offers a softer light and the angle of the sun during the fall months creates a warm, golden glow. These things together help create softer images with a special depth and dimension that you don’t get other times of the year. Fall also means cooler temperatures, which allows for photo sessions during those glowing evening hours without worrying about being too hot and sweaty. 

Dressing for your fall family photos

It may feel overwhelming to think about styling and dressing your entire family for fall photos. Here are a few steps to help! 

1. Choose a color palette.
The beautiful fall foliage lends itself to warm, vibrant tones. Consider navy, charcoal grey, and cream as neutral bases, and add in burgundy, mustard, rust, plum, and/or sage for pops of color. Steer clear of stark black, white, or red.

2. Dress Mom first.
I always find something for myself first, then build the rest of the family’s outfits around my own. Why? Because if mom is happy and comfortable, everyone will be! Look for long flowing dresses, preferably in a solid color and textured fabric such as lace. Colored denim is a great way to add some interest to the look, but stay away from short dresses unless you’re wearing leggings underneath as it may limit your posing options.

3. Embrace print.
Especially for the kids! Think plaid shirts for the boys and fall florals for the girls. As long as everyone is in the same color palette, it will look beautifully cohesive without being matchy-matchy.

4. Keep it simple for Dad.
Once you’ve figured out Mom and kids, Dad should be easy. There’s nothing better for him than a perfectly fitted pair of dark-wash denim. Pair with a collared shirt or sweater in a shade from your color palette, and he’s good to go! Just be sure to veto any t-shirts or sneakers.

5. Accessorize! 
This is where it gets really fun and totally unique to you! Cooler weather means you can layer, and layering is an excellent way to get some variety in your images without a full wardrobe change. Consider vests for the guys, or cardigans for the girls. Add a statement necklace for Mom or even floral crowns for the girls. Bring props such as pumpkins, a bushel basket full of apples, or a beautiful blanket for even more options!

Ready to book your fall photo session with Amanda Wose?

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We can’t wait to work with you and your family this fall!

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At home near the sea. Ever-focused on beauty and the thrilling art of creation; found in the moments that matter most.

Amanda is fueled by a desire to preserve the best humanity has to offer: our love for one another. She draws her inspiration from classic literature, sprawling wildflower fields, thoughtful design and architecture, and her travels across the world, particularly Europe. 

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