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What to Wear for Fall Photos // 5 Families, 5 Color Schemes

September 14, 2018


Erin Schrader

Fall Family Photos

It’s a question we receive constantly at LIY – “What in the world should we wear for family photos!?” As Becca put it last year, family photos can be a headache. You shuffle the schedule 13 times and finally find a one hour time slot where none of your kids have soccer practice or piano lessons, your hubby’s favorite baseball team doesn’t have a “super important” game, you don’t have book club and This is Us is not on tv — only to have to reschedule with your photographer because of inclement weather. And after you have found a new date, made sure everyone in the fam is free, the last thing you really want to think about is what in the world the entire family is going to wear in these photos that you are going to hang on your wall for 10 years and will be sending to everyone and their mother in the form of a Christmas card.

Yikes, we get it. Because it’s such a trouble point for so many of us, we took this problem into our own hands and are offering [many] solutions! In today’s post we have compiled 5 different color schemes for you to choose from — and not only that, but we have provided our own little photos of the LIY team and their adorable families in these color schemes along with additional clothing choices for EVERY member of your family [look for the arrows for even more options!] Hopefully, this will help take a little bit of the guesswork out of family photos so that you can focus on more important things, like what kind of candy would best bribe your toddler to actually smile in the photos. Let’s dive in and see these frame makers…

Erin’s Family

For this color scheme, you simply combine yellow + navy + gray to create a classic color scheme with a twist! The yellow accents will pop when mixed with navy and chambray pieces! Here’s how we put this combo into play —  My outfit: J.CREW Sylvia Wool Wrap Cardigan [true to size, wearing in XS] // Caslon(R) High Waist Skinny Jeans [size up if in between] // Halogen(R) Refined Wide Brim Wool Floppy Hat // BaubleBar Dalia Hoop // Vince Camuto Pevista Bootie

Shawn’s outfit: Goodfellow & Co Long Sleeve Button-Down Shirt [true to size] // Mavi Jeans Zach Straight Leg Jeans [true to size] // Cole Haan Men’s GrandPro Tennis Sneaker Men’s Shoes

Max & Ollie: Max-Bone Sweatshirts

Becca’s Growing Family

This color scheme is almost monochromatic and is an easy color for anyone to pull off! Try mixing dark green, medium green and ivory! Additionally, if you too are expecting this fall season – be sure to checkout these adorable maternity options for your photos!

Becca’s Outfit: Maternity Pleated Dress // Similar Dress // Booties // Necklace

Husband’s Outfit: Shirt // Jacket // Similar Jeans // Similar Shoes  

Hannah’s Family

For a color scheme that will blend in well with your home decor [remember, you are probably hanging this on your living room wall] give neutrals like brown, camel and grey a try! Hannah’s family looked absolutely adorable pulling off this look.

Hannah’s Outfit: Puff-Sleeve Plaid Mockneck Top // High Rise Skinny Jeans // BP. Brice Notched Bootie

Husband’s Outfit: Marled Stripe Pocket T-Shirt // 1/4-Zip French Terry Mock-Neck Pullover // Bootcut Jeans // Leather Boots

Little Boys Outfit: French-Rib Shawl-Collar Pullover // Straight Built-In Flex Chinos // Joe Fresh Boots

Little Girls Outfit: Bell-Sleeve Mix-Fabric Dress // Harper Canyon HcMila Faux Suede Boot

Steph’s Family

Made up of plum, mustard and army green, this color scheme screams fall! Steph’s family couldn’t look cuter in this combo! Steph’s Outfit: Apt 9 Shirtdress // A New Day Ruffle Flats // Fringe Open Hoop Earrings

Husband’s Outfit: Croft & Barrow Quarter-Zip Pullover // Similar Jeans // Similar Shoes

Teen Girls Outfit: Bomber Jacket // Plaid Button Down Shirt // Similar Jeans // Burgundy Converse

Boy Outfit: Cat & Jack Jacket // Cat & Jack Tee // Jeans // Similar Shoes

Little Boy Outfit: Yellow Jacket // Cat & Jack Tee // Jeans // Similar Shoes

Lauren’s Family

Your family will be looking sharp when they wear this classy color scheme of burgundy, grey and black! Lauren’s family is looking all sorts of adorable in this classic color combo!  Lauren’s Outfit: Luxe Space-Dye Swing Tank for Women  // Sueded-Knit Moto Jacket for Women  // Good American High Waist Skinny Jeans // Lance Block Heel Bootie

Husbands Outfit: Slim Fit Black Denim Shirt // Similar Jeans // Shoes

Little Boys Outfit: Buffalo-Plaid Double-Pocket Shirt for Baby // Toddler Boy Fleece Vest  // Similar Jeans // Baby Boy Hi-Top Shoes 

Hope you found some inspiration from the color schemes above! What color scheme are you using for your family photos? If you use any of the above, please send us pictures — we would LOVE to see them!
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  1. Lindsay says:

    I was literally at the mall today for six hours shopping for this. Came home with one shirt for me and one shirt for one of my kids. Why is it so hard?!?! ????

  2. Mireille says:

    I love these combos! Now for some fall weather!

  3. So cute!! And you described booking family pictures perfectly. Last year we rescheduled for weather, it was ice cold, and we all look like marshmallows in our coats! Love these schemes—I’ve been afraid to mix in prints, but I see it’s totally doable and so cute! PS your hat was amazing, but how did you avoid hat hair later? Jealous!

  4. Charity says:

    I love this post SO much!! I’m a crackling campfire girl and I love the sage/thyme! Love it!!!

  5. Kim Busman says:

    What am I doing wrong? I have moved my mouse over every picture in this entire post to try to nab the Pinterest thing so that I can “pin” it! Grrrrrr….love this post and want to keep it for reference.

  6. Micki says:

    Would love to see another post like this for Holiday pictures. I have a family session scheduled for November on a tree farm. I have one boy and three girls. Please help!

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