Have no idea where to being with styling fall family photos?  I’m here to help!  This session was packed with style that is totally accessible.  This post will explain (1) why this styling works; (2) what to avoid when styling fall family photos; and (3) where and how to mimic this exact look with unaffiliated links and pricing.  I know that you have enough on your plate so let me help make styling your fall family photos this season easy-peasy! 


Why This Works 

  1. Color Theory.  The color combination used here is based on a triad color scheme.  This means that the blue, wine and green form a triangle on the color wheel making it pleasing to the eye.  This lifestyle family shoot took place at Peltzer Pines a Christmas tree farm in Orange County, so we knew that there was going to be plenty of green to ground the photographs.  Styling your fall family photos with your surrounding in mind is one of the best things you can do.   We also knew that the intention behind the images was to capture moments of this beautiful family for their annual holiday cards.  I selected a blue upholstered chair to use for my mini-session set up this year to keep things simple while dressing up the  Notice that the blue is not a bright blue (it’s actually closer to navy tones) and the wine color is a cool red making this a deep winter look that is perfect for a holiday card theme.
  2. The family outfits are coordinated rather than matchy-matchy (is that even a word?).  The tones of the shirts on Dad and Son are the same but with the blue cardigan on Son it breaks it up just perfectly.  Mom and Daughter are coordinated with the color as well, the wine hat works so well with Daughter’s wine dress!  Mom’s outfit brings styling fall family photos together by tying in the blue and wine.
  3. Mom’s dress is the only print used here.  I love prints, but it is really hard to create a visual pleasing picture when you have multiple prints competing for your eye.  I almost always advise my clients to stick with neutral solids for their family portraits because the shoot should be about the family not the clothes.  In this case Mom’s dress adds visual interest without monopolizing your eye.  The print ties in the colors of the family and the way it is used in this case symbolizes Mom’s importance. 

What To Avoid

  1. Matching.  There is nothing super exciting about matching outfits when styling fall family photos and it keeps you from being able to show off the different personalities of the family members.
  2. Graphics/Logos:  I can’t think of a single situation where clothing containing logos or graphics (think cartoon character t-shirt) would work well in the family holiday card photo.  This includes footwear!  I know first hand how difficult it is to get my son to wear something other than his Thomas the Train tennis shoes but he is better off being barefoot than having those on for our Christmas card pictures!  If I can do it mama, so can you!
  3. Too many accessories.  Accessories can certainly add a lot to an image – the hat in this session is a perfect example.  BUT less is more when it comes to accessorizing and styling fall family photos. 

Where To Get This Look

(1) Mom’s Look

Black Floral Short Sleeve Dress ($34.99).  This super cute and stylish dress was found locally in Brea at Daisy Shoppe.  Unfortunately the dress is listed as sold out online but here is the link just in case and you may be able to call the local stores directly to see if they happen to have any in stock.

Daisy Shoppe

Ashton Garden Print Short Sleeve Dress ($69).  I happen to have a friend who started her own amazing clothing line recently and her Ashton dress in the garden print would be an awesome alternative for achieving this look. 


Studded Around Floppy Hat in Light Wine ($22).  I was so happy to have stumbled upon a Charming Charlie store recently and I’ve used this hat three times now for photos including my own family pictures this fall!  The color and texture photographs so well, I am definitely a fan! 

Charming Charlie

(2) Daughter’s Look

Scoop-Back TuTu dress in Winter Wine ($15).  If I had a daughter, I might get one of these dresses in every color!  I am so bummed that the Old Navy in Brea is no longer there, it was my go-to spot for when I needed a quick child outfit for a shoot.  These particular tu-tu dresses are a dream to photograph, so much texture and solid color. LOVE! 

Old Navy

The hair bow was purchased from Nordstrom in Brea but I was unable to locate a link for it online.

(3) Son’s Look

Knox Cardigan ($58)  This cardigan came to me in one of my Mac&Mia boxes.   At some point I will write a whole post about Mac&Mia because I love what they do.  I also love that this cardigan was #madeRIGHTinLA and now BERU is one of my favorite clothing sources for my boys.

Beru Kids

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Styling Fall Family Photos

So now you know why this look works, what to avoid in styling fall family photos and where to find the key pieces in this look.  If you haven’t already booked your tree farm mini session with me, you can do so now by clicking here before they’re gone.

Are you in Orange County and interested in having your family model for me?  I periodically do a “model call” when I am looking for something specific to shoot for either personal reasons or for marketing pieces like the shoot in the post.  If you want to be the first to hear about when I’m searching for models all you need to do is join my email list.

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K.C. Crow of Crow’s Nest Photography is an award winning and featured lifestyle photographer based in Orange County, California. She is one of the few photographers in the greater Orange County area that offers beautiful lifestyle portraits with a little added magic. Her most favorite things to shoot are newborn and child lifestyle portraits with dramatic light and soft warm processing. K.C. is an on-location photographer with a preference for natural light serving the beach cities and greater Orange County areas including Laguna Beach, Newport Coast, Sunset Beach, Crystal Cove, San Clemente, Dana Point, Brea, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Placentia, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, Orange, Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Corona del Mar, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and La Habra. Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions are available at most Orange County hospitals and birth centers.  For more information about K.C., click here. For pricing information, please visit our investment page. Click here to contact K.C. directly.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

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