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How to Prepare for Fall Family Photos

Fall is in the air, and it’s the perfect time to take family photos in Sacramento and the Bay Area. When I photograph your family, my goal is to capture you having fun and enjoying each other’s company.

How do you make sure you show up as your best? Preparation is key. Pick out your outfits in advance, and make sure they will match with your surroundings. We want you to look as beautiful as the trees and fall colors around you.

Dress for Fall Together

I love it when families coordinate their outfits. Here are some of my favorite fall looks:

  • Boys in plaid shirts featuring fall colors and girls in solid dresses and with matching plaid headbands

  • Matching scarves or hats for the whole family

  • Pets with collars to match the family’s accessories

  • Fall sweaters in earthy tones

  • Matching boots for mom and daughters or father and sons

  • Earthy toned floral dresses for mom and matching headbands for daughters

Be careful not to overmatch. If we can't see any contrast in your clothes, it's hard to see where one family member ends, and the next one begins.

Bring Props to Finish Off the Look

Personal touches always make your photos extra special. Feel free to bring along rustic family heirlooms or stop by Michael’s for cute props, and I will incorporate them into your photos.

Here are some examples:

  • A red wagon for the kids

  • An old wooden toy truck or tractor

  • An antique chair

  • A picnic blanket and basket

  • Pumpkins or a basket of apples

  • A sign with your names or the words harvest, gather, autumn, or fall

  • An old rustic suitcase

  • Mugs of hot cocoa

  • A wooden ladder or footstool

  • Old milk jugs, a washboard, or other pieces of farmhouse décor

If you have a location in mind for your fall photos, I am happy to come to you. If you need help deciding where to have your photos taken, I have lots of suggestions I can provide. Regardless of where we take photos, yours will be beautiful. I can’t wait for your family’s fall photo shoot.

Contact me to schedule your family or personal fall photoshoot!

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