Family Photo Shoot Styling Tips

by | Sep 2022

Happy family bundled up for a fall photoshoot.

Fall is right around the corner, meaning it’s time for those soft knits, cozy layers, moody colors and, for a lot of families, a fall photo shoot. Coordinating outfits for the whole family can feel overwhelming and like a lot of work, so I have rounded up a couple of my go-to family styling tips to help you with this task.

  • Consider the season and location of your photoshoot. You want the outfits to be appropriate for not only the weather and season, but the location. The colors you choose shouldn’t perfectly match the background. For an outdoor fall photoshoot, think cream, navy, rust, olive, gray and maroon.
  • Decide on an outfit you love first, and build around this. Maybe you found the perfect maxi dress or a skirt and sweater option you feel great in. Once you have a starting point, it is easier to coordinate the rest of the outfits.
  • Don’t perfectly match the outfits. For example, don’t have the whole family in the same color or a specific outfit theme. You will want some coordinating and complementary colors, but not the exact same colors or fabrics. Mixing in neutrals with your seasonal colors will help you achieve this.
  • Add texture in apparel, which adds visual interest to your photos. This can be done through items with lace, silk, tweed, chunky knits or suede.
  • Keep it simple. Avoid graphic and logo tees that can be distracting from your family photos. It’s great to mix in a subtle, soft pattern, but avoid too many or too large of patterns. Less is more when it comes to these types of distractions.

Alexandra Eve is a local stylist and wardrobe consultant. To learn more or for styling help with your family photos, visit


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