What to wear for your autumn photo shoot. Family session in Richmond Park

Finding autumn outfit ideas for your family’s photo session can sometimes feel a little overwhelming, especially when trying to honour each family member’s individual style, personality and of course comfort.

Autumn with its natural and earthy hues can provide a beautiful background for your family session

As a family photographer, I am always inspired by autumn’s rich colour palette of earthy browns, rustic reds and burnt orange colours, complemented with soft warm beige and cream tones.

The most common question I am asked by parents preparing for a family photo shoot is “what should we wear?” And while I can provide some tips and ideas for autumn outfits, I feel what is most important is that you and your family are true to yourselves. 

I don’t like to dictate clothing choices as the memories we are capturing are yours and not mine. But, if you are searching for outfit ideas for your autumn inspired photo shoot, here are four things you might want to consider:

Image of three children all dress in matching outfits to show Autumn Photoshoot Outfit Ideas in Richmond Park, London

The location, and the natural colour palette surrounding you

Your autumn family photo shoot is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with the magic of this season. Your clothing choices should enhance the natural beauty of the setting. Are you going to be surrounded by large trees with their falling foliage, like this family photo shoot in Richmond Park, or will you be in an open field with long grasses and fading flower heads?

I love embracing soft creams, warm beige and subtle taupes to complement the rich autumnal colours. If you would like to bring in a bit more colour, shades of teal, rusts, claret and mustard work particularly well.

Something I always ask my clients is how their photographs will be displayed in their home. If you are looking to show your images off as wall art it’s best to go for shades and tones that also complement the decor and styling of your home.

Image of a family sitting on some autumn leaves in Richmond Park. This image is to give readers some Autumn Photoshoot Outfit Ideas

Your comfort and personal style matters most

While your outfit choices can have an impact on your final gallery, it’s important to note that your family’s comfort is my number one priority during your family photo session. When everyone feels at ease with what they are wearing it truly shines through in your images.

I want your little ones to feel wild and free – to be able to climb up on fallen trees, twirl in a pile of leaves and splash around in muddy puddles (ok, maybe we will leave the muddy puddles until the end of the shoot!). 

My family sessions are child-led and and I want your little ones to enjoy playing in nature; see the shoot as a great adventure and for their little personalities to shine through.

I also want you and your partner to choose clothing that aligns with your personal style so that these images feel authentic and true to who you are.

Try layering your outfits for more depth and texture

Layering is a good place to start when searching for outfit ideas for your autumn photo shoot. 

Firstly, it’s very practical as the weather can often be unpredictable. Your little ones might get hot running around or it could get chilly. Having a cosy knitted woollen jumper or cardigan to keep you warm is a good idea.

Beautiful scarves, cosy cardigans and long jackets will add visual interest and movement as you interact with one another during your session.

And don’t forget about your shoes, beautiful leather boots will complement your outfit. You might want to bring some wellies for the little ones so that they can jump in muddy puddles and big crunchy piles of leaves.

Image of a dog sitting in some crunchy autumn leaves for an autumn photoshoot in Richmond Park, London

Finally, your outfits don’t have to match. Instead, try to coordinate your outfits for a more cohesive look.

I suggest choosing 3 or 4 colours and shades that work well together but don’t all match. This will help create a cohesive look for your family photo session while giving the whole family an opportunity to express their unique style.

Below is a wonderful example of creating a complementary colour palette for the autumn season. 

This family session took place in one of my favourite locations, Richmond Park in south west London. The family wanted to have beautiful images of the children playing in the leaves; holding hands and jumping off logs – action shots were a must.

They also wanted a lot of black and white imagery to be displayed throughout their home, and kept this in mind when selecting outfits, opting for delicate floral patterns, checks and of course texture. I love the colour palette the family chose and how their outfits all work well together creating visual interest even in the black and white images.

For more details on my natural and playful family photo shoots click through to the main website. 

Image of a young family in Richmond Park wearing beautiful coats. This image is to give readers some Autumn Photoshoot Outfit Ideas
Black and white image of siblings climbing on logs in Richmond Park in Richmond upon Thames during a family photo shoot
Image of couple posing for a photoshoot wearing coordinating outfit. This image is to show Autumn Photoshoot Outfit Ideas
Three children throwing leaves at each other during an autumn family photo shoot in Richmond Park, south west London
Black and white image of a family having fun, hanging from a tree in Richmond Park

Picture of a young boy posing for an Autumn Family Photoshoot. This image is to show some Autumn Photoshoot Outfit Ideas
Autumn photo shoot in Richmond Park, London with a family of 5 cuddling in the fall colours with their pet dog
Image of three young children sitting on a park bench for an autumn photo shoot in Richmond Park, London

I’m Jess Morgan, a newborn and family photographer specialising in documenting new babies in a natural and organic way. I offer at-home newborn shoots across London including: Richmond-upon-Thames, Teddington, Barnes, Wimbledon, Chiswick, Putney, Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Battersea, Bayswater, Notting Hill, Queen’s Park, Stoke Newington, Hampstead, Hackney, Dalston, Bethnal Green and Islington. Surrey locations include: Weybridge, Esher, Walton-upon-Thames, Cobham and Kingston upon Thames.

September 13, 2023

About Jess

I am a newborn and family photographer and live in west London with my husband, ten year old daughter and two year old son. Inspired by the magic of childhood and the simple sweetness of everyday moments - I capture genuine and emotive images of family connections without posing or forced smiles. My photography style is very relaxed; perfect for loving families who want to document their family life and children just as they are.

I offer outdoor and at-home photo shoots across London and Surrey including Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond, Kew, Fulham, Putney, Chiswick, Wimbledon, Teddington, Twickenham and Kingston-upon-Thames.

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