What colors to wear for fall family photos is the most common question I get as a lifestyle family photographer in NJ. Follow these tips to help you choose the perfect palette for your fall photos.
Opt for Colors that Complement the Setting
First, consider when and where your session will take place. New Jersey offers many scenic locations for family photos. From beautiful beaches to pretty parks and remarkable reservoirs, each with its own color palette. But, scenery colors can vary by month, depending on the location. For example, if you’re planning a September session in a park setting, you’ll want to choose colors that will stand out from the greenery. Pair shades of blush, mauve or rust with lots of creams and tans for a bit of a fall feel. If you’ve booked a session in mid- to-late fall when foliage peaks, consider colors that will complement and not clash or compete with bright autumn leaves. One option I love–pair jewel tones like emerald and wine with navy and cream. Emerald tones and creams also work well during late fall when leaves have fallen and are mostly brown.
Choose Colors that Work Well with Your Home Decor
If you’re envisioning decorating your living room wall with a beautiful canvas collection of your images, consider choosing colors that will work with your existing decor. Need some inspiration? Be sure to check out my ideas for family wall galleries.
Go with Neutrals for Timeless and Classic Images
You can never go wrong with neutral colors like creams, tans, and browns, in any season or setting. These colors have a classic feel that will ensure your photos look timeless not just today but 10, 20 and 30 years from now.
Add Blush or Mauve for a Romantic Vibe
Vary shades of blush and rose on moms and girls and pair with tan, light grey, cream or heather green to give your images a feminine feel with a little romantic flair. These colors work well against backdrops of both greenery and water.
Add a Pop of Color in Moderation
Not a fan on neutrals? Richer tones really add a nice depth to images during the fall season. Some popular color trends now are mustard, burnt orange or rich ruby. These colors should be used sparingly (think one person in one of those colors and everyone else in more muted and neutral colors). And, avoid wearing clothing in those or other bold colors near your face to prevent color casts on skin. Also, keep in mind that choosing trendy colors could date your images when you look back in 10 or 20 years. Anyone remember big hair and shoulder pads (probably before your time-lol-but you get the idea)!
Favorite Fall Color Palettes
Want to see some examples of fall color palettes I love? I’ve created several style boards to show a variety of color combinations that work well in many outdoor locations in New Jersey.
As your family photographer, we’ll chat about all of the above so that I can help you choose the perfect palette to complement the location and timing of your session, as well as your taste.
I hope you found this post helpful for choosing what colors to wear for fall family photos. For more tips and some general guidelines on how to coordinate family outfits and colors and clothing to avoid, you may enjoy What to Wear for Family Photos, and What Not to Wear.