photo-examples-of-fall-portrait-clothing-color-ideasphoto-examples-of-fall-portrait-clothing-color-ideasClothing color ideas for Fall Portraits by Boston Photographer Jennifer LaRoche on the web at:



What should I Wear for My Fall Portrait Session?

Here are four simple styling tips to consider:


1. Choose Comfort

Always choose comfortable clothing that you feel good wearing! If you feel uncomfortable, it will show in your facial expressions and posture...and in your portraits.

Go for classic looks. These pictures will be hanging on your walls for years to come. Wearing classic clothing looks will make your images feel timeless. 


2. Choose In-Season Colors

The decision to color coordinate or match wardrobe colors always comes down to personal preference. The current trend in portrait photography is to color coordinate outfits. Either choice looks great in photos!   

  • Avoid wearing hats and bold graphic clothing as they can both be very distracting in photos.
  • Select a clothing color pallet:
    • Neutrals; white, ivory, beige, khaki, taupe, gray, denim, navy or black, add pops of color....avoid wearing all white or all black clothing, large amounts of these colors tend to look blown out or lack luster in photos.  
    • Colors; choose a complimentary mix of 2-3 colors + a neutral. Wear the colors of the season: 
      • fall & winter / berry and jewel tones: magenta, purple, mustard, royal blue, forest green, orange, red etc.
      • summer / bright tones: Caribbean blue, turquoise, yellow, hot pink, coral, green etc. 
      • spring / pastel tones: lighter shades of pink, yellow, lavender, green, blue etc. 
  • Take a look at the fall portrait clothing color examples above, notice the pops of color among a neutral color pallet and also the contrast of different colors that work well and compliment each other. All look great!
  • Use this clothing color chart as a guide for selecting the main color you want to wear and the complimentary or tonal colors.



3. Accessorize - Show your Personal Style!

Accessories add texture to photos. A simple belt, scarf or a layering piece like a cardigan sweater give your outfit a boost! Add some jewelry for extra pizzazz. 


4. Wear Some Make Up

A little mascara and lipstick will enhance your facial features. Tinted moisturizers, foundations and blush help to smooth out skin tones and reduce redness. If you're prone to oily facial spots, consider applying a little powder before the session to reduce the shine. If you're not comfortable wearing makeup - don't wear it. 




When in doubt, lay it out. Gather all of the outfits, accessories and shoes and lay them out on your bed. Take a picture with your phone so you can envision how they will look in your portraits. This step will give you a chance to add, change or omit clothing items as you see fit!  


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For more ideas, check out my fall portrait gallery to see some of my clients portraits.