What To Wear For Fall Family Photos When It's Hot in the South

You've scheduled your outdoor fall family session but it's in the 90's. Now what?

Fall Inspired Family Photo Clothing: How to Look Festive in the Heat

Hi there! Today's blog post focuses on your Houston Family Photography session and some ideas for fall inspired outfits that beat the heat. If you're from the south, particularly Texas, you may have realized we have two seasons here: hot and hotter. Sometimes we get three seasons aka hot and humid and muggy, lol! I have lived here for almost my entire life and I can attest I've worn shorts and flip flops on Christmas. It's just the way it is. However, you may have also noticed those adorable fall pinterest photos that we all long for. You know, the ones that take place in the Northeastern part of the country that are filled with fall colors, layers, textures, and dare I say snow.

As a mother, for me, the most stressful part of the entire photo process is finding outfits. Even as a professional photographer, I struggle with this, too, because you simply want to look nice, but not overly dressed, particularly if you're doing a rural photo location. Once you've found the perfect photographer, location, and scheduled your date, that's where the "now what?" begins.

Have no fear: while we're not going to have snow during your fall family session, I am here to guide you and help you select outfits that have a fall twist but aren't going to have you sweating buckets. After all, we are southern belles and certainly don't want to glisten too much during our sessions!

Light Layers With Autumnal Tones

Fall Pictures Ideas for Toddlers

One of my favorite outdoor fall color schemes is maroon, brown, cream or navy. These are fantastic because they look classic and timeless. They also allows for light layers so that you're sure to appear like a fall fashionista without too warm. We also know toddlers are in better spirits when they're comfortable, so a light jacket, scarf, or even leg warmers are an adorable way to show texture and layers without melting.

Fall Family Pictures Outfit Ideas

Choose two favorite colors and highlight those

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Your accent color can vary from session to session, however, this is typically the brightest color. In this case, the deep maroon (or cranberry if you will) is the main tone in these outfits. As you can see, Dad's checkered shirt, Mom's skirt, little one's bow and tights are all similar in color. This provides cohesion without being too "matchy matchy". Gone are the days where everyone dresses in the same outfit. After all, if everyone wore khaki pants and a red polo, it would like like a Target ad. This is not to say I don't enjoy long walks down every aisle of Target, but for family photos you want everyone to have the main color in their outfit but it be sparingly. This is why little one has the bow in her hair, dad the stripe in his shirt, and Mom the skirt. Coheisve yet not blinding. 

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Your Accessories Help Suggest Season

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When selecting accessories, keep the season in mind. These images are most probably going to be hung on your walls; they'll be treasured heirlooms passed down from generation to generation. I know, I know: you may not be thinking of your great grandchildren right now, your child is a toddler, but I promise you: these things matter! Your clothing represents who you are. For outdoor family photography in Houston, a stylish pair of boots are a great option! Cowboy boots look dapper on dad, too, if these are a representation of his style. Little ones look adorable in ankle boots, perhaps even with a little burlap or lace bow. You know we love burlap in the south, ha! Seriously: it's adorable, just like mason jars and reclaimed wood. I know: talk Joann and Chip to me and we'll be best friends. What can I say? Ha! Light scarves are nice, too, because they add the accent pop of color I mentioned earlier but do not cause you to have a heat stroke. If you have a little boy, maybe consider a bow tie or even a pair of suspenders! So dapper, timeless, classic, and just fantastic! Truly lovely!

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 Sarah Borchgrevink Photography is a Houston Newborn Photographer specializing in gorgeous posed newborn sessions. Her studio is located in Northwest Harris County. In addition to breathtaking baby portraiture, Sarah also offers stylish natural light family photography as well as dynamic outdoor maternity sessions for expecting mothers and couples. Sarah joyfully serves the entire Harris and Montgomery county areas including Houston, Cypress, Tomball, Spring, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Memorial & West Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Pearland, Richmond, West University and Rice Village.