Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What to Wear Wednesday: Family Photos

Can y'all believe it's November? We've had an unseasonably warm and rainy few weeks and I can't wait to soak up the cool, fall weather we're supposed to have next week. Gentel and I are back this month to share some tips and inspiration for family photos. 
This time of the year is perfect to have family photos taken…especially for Christmas cards! The leaves are all changing {as much as they can in Texas}, the grass is still green and you won't be sweating to death in the hot summer sun!
I love that fall photos can be either very fall-inspired or can be more geared toward the holidays, and it really just depends on the colors you choose to highlight! 
Here are some tips to ensure you get great photos:
1} Find a photographer whose work you love and trust: We love using my friend Liz because  not only is she a great photographer, but she knows us; knows my style and what I like; and a bonus is that she sends me the gallery and always asks if there's anything additional I want edited out {or in}! If you aren't working with someone already, ask around to friends and family or other parents you might know.
2} Pick the right time of day: For example, not nap time or lunch time! :) Liz taught me to always do first thing in the morning or when the sun is setting for lighting purposes. I've found that Walker always does best first thing in the morning since he's super happy and full of energy when he wakes up and has a big breakfast in him. And a bonus is that we then have the rest of our day to do whatever we want to do. 
3} Be prepared: Bring extra outfits to change into, snacks, baby wipes, extra blankets - you just never know what is going to happen! Especially if you are outdoors and sitting on the grass or a pile of leaves.
4} Have fun and go with the flow! It probably won't go as smoothly as you want it to. But this is where a good photographer comes into play because they can make the best of any situation or mood your child might be in. I've thought for sure we weren't going to get many great photos from previous family photo shoots and/or Walker's first-year quarterly photos because Walker was more interested in leaves and rocks than posing, but Liz (our photographer) just went with it, and everything turned out great!
And now on ideas on what to wear! This is always the fun part :) Pinterest is clearly the best place to start - these are a few of my favorite photo inspirations from there:

I love both red and plaid in fall photos - plaid just makes me so happy, and I think it's very festive. :) Try to keep things in the same color family and keep only one person in a bright print. You don't want to be too "matchy-matchy"-- you just want the colors to compliment each other!
As a reminder, the first Wednesday of the month, Gentel and I will be posting style ideas for a specific event. We plan to do a mix of both special events and everyday occasions, from how to mix prints or what to wear to a wedding. Is there a particular look you want ideas on styling? Leave us a comment or shoot either of us an email; we are more than happy to incorporate it!
*I'm also linking up with Jessi and Jenn today!


  1. Such cute inspiration pictures! I love seeing all the outfits come together to coordinate but not be over the top!

  2. I love all of these examples of the family photos, and I think your tips are great! I love Fall photos with the leaves changing in the background--they look so rich and pretty!
    Link this up with Jessi and I today!

  3. These are beautiful!!

  4. Yes! I've been struggling with this. We are still trying out photographers trying to find the right fit for us. And one we were working with wanted to do it right before bedtime. Yikes! And I thought family photos were stressful before kids. lol. Thanks for the tips! xo

  5. "Go with the flow" is great advice.... with a 7 month old..haha we just had ours last Friday and she was a tad fussy which is SO unlike her but she's cutting 2 teeth. The inspiration shots you picked are fabulous! Thanks for linking up girl! xo

  6. I love the scenery that fall provides for a backdrop! We had my mom snap a few photos of the two of us with the pup to use for Christmas cards before the leaves changed. These inspirations are too cute! I love the just have fun tip, I mean that's the most important part right?!