Once someone has booked a photoshoot with me one of the most common questions I get asked is
"What should we wear?"
So I thought it would be a good idea to put my thoughts here and include some images as examples.
It's important to note that this advice is just for photoshoots around October/November time, at other times of the year I would suggest slightly different colours.
I think the most important thing is that you all feel comfortable in what you are wearing, I want you to look relaxed in the photos I produce and wearing something you feel comfortable in is an important starting point. If you are a jeans and trainer person (like me) don't feel that you have to wear a dress, similarly if your daughter adores wearing dresses then let her and if your son insists on wearing his batman outfit we'll make it work, as long as you match!
Plain colours tend to work better than stripes, patterns or tartan. With family groups it's ok if one person wears a pattern, striped top etc as long as everyone else in the group opts for something plain. This is one of the reasons why its worth planning ahead what you are all going to wear. If one of you is going to wear a pattern then it's a great idea to use this garment as your starting point and pick colours out from it for others in the group to wear.
Logos (especially big ones) are best avoided, It can really date the photos.
Layering clothes not only looks great but helps to keep everyone warm. Think knitted jumpers with shirts under or knitted jumpers with a body warmer on the top. If you can avoid big coats, alternatively we can just remove any coats for a short amount of time to get shots.
Accessories can be a great way to bring your outfits together eg hats, scarves and boots.
Footwear is also important, it is possible the ground might be wet so make sure everyone is wearing something suitable. No one likes wet socks!
Above is a colour palette to give you some ideas of which colours work well for an Autumnal shoot.
Navy, mustard yellow, dark red, grey, dark green and orangey/brown.
Grey and/or blue denim is good, black not so much.
You don't need to include all of these colours just picking out 3 or 4 would be perfect.
Autumn is always a time of year when I try to update my own family photos, so it seemed appropriate to use them to hopefully give you some ideas and illustrate what I have said above.