Let's chat fashion! Anyone who knows me, knows I am an avid lover of fashion. Before becoming a photographer I earned my BFA in Fashion Design and Product Development and was a Designer for 10 years. Needless to say, you came to the right place for styling assistance.
If you are looking for the matching route, I suggest everyone wear dark denim on bottom (skirt or pants), navy top and a pop of color (like yellow or green) as an accessory. Wearing a navy dress/skirt is acceptable too. Everyone doesn't have to be in pants. The pop of color can be necklaces, bracelets, earrings, shoes and a scarf. This color palette looks great on a big group!
Another and more popular route family pictures are going towards is a casual yet unified in color theme. Families are steering away from the matching tops and gearing towards wearing 3-4 colors as a group. If you’re a family that loves color I suggest adding “pops of color” to your outfits. Outdoor sessions are more pattern-friendly, so don’t be afraid to add a little more to your outfits. These looks are well accessorized (see my trend boards below). Instead of matching tops, everyone has there own look yet still unified as a whole group. There is no right or wrong here, it's simply a personal preference on color scheme. This approach looks effortless and personalized. Jeans and khakis are perfectly acceptable. Maybe Mom can wear a knee length dress/skirt and Fall leather boots? This fashion styling goes for the kids too. Maybe the boys can wear a plaid button down, sweater cardigan, and denim pants. The girls can wear printed jeans with a blazer, or a tulle skirt with a chunky cardigan. Steer away from solid color short sleeve shirts. They tend to look a little plain. I like variety. I like everyone confident with what they are wearing yet keeping it dress casual. I like to think of family sessions as a mini fashion shoot. Nevertheless, it will be A LOT of fun and I hope you enjoy shopping for a new fun Fall outfit!
Remember, have fun and coordinate!