What to Wear: Fall Outfit Inspiration for Engagement & Family Photos


As we all very well know, fall is the most popular time of year for portraits. Rightly so! The golden light and colors of Autumn simply stun year after year, especially here in the mountains of Virginia. My calendar always fills up quickly with family sessions and engagement sessions and since the outfit inspiration I did this summer with Lisa of Swell Styling was so popular, I knew I had to team up with her again to bring some inspiration for the fall!

I adore what she designed and I know you all will too! The tones she chose layer so beautifully with the colors we’ll be seeing so very soon and I know you’ll be inspired for your very own session!

Be sure to follow Lisa along on her website and instagram (@swellstyling) for updates and oh-so-good inspiration. (And if you have a session coming up yourself, she can design some outfits for your family virtually, so no need to be local!)

Notes from Lisa:

“For a fall engagement shoot, I recommend a romantic and flattering dress for the bride.  For the groom, chinos and dress boots with a button down will look classic.  Pull colors from your dress to choose the guy’s pieces.  They don’t have to match, but try to complement.”

Dress / Shoes / Necklace


Shirt / Chinos / Boots

For Mom:
“Pair your most flattering denim with an oh-so-soft sweater in a soft hue that you love.  Add some leather boots, a bandana scarf, and maybe a hat!  You’ll look the part for fall but still get pictures that you can display year round in your home!”

For Daughter(s):
“Pick a soft sweater and corduroy skirt ensemble that blends all of the colors in the family’s look.  All she needs are some braids or a top knot and her favorite boots to finish the look!”

Girls’ Sweater / Girls’ SkirtGirls’ Boots / Baby Girls’ Dress / Baby Girls’ Moccasins / Jeans / Sweater / Boots / Bracelet / Scarf 

For Dad:
“Dad can’t go wrong with rugged denim, a neutral button down, and a sweater layered on top for a cozy fall effect.”
For Son(s):
“Like father like son. Let his outfit mimic dad’s without being too “match-y”  And, don’t forget some cute chukka sneakers or boots!”

Boys’ Jeans / Boys’ Sweater / Boys’ High Tops / Sweater / ShirtJeans / Boots


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Amy Nicole Photography has been documenting stories of life and love for 10 years. Amy is based in Charlottesville, VA but travels all over Virginia and the U.S.  for simply elegant weddings and genuine family lifestyle sessions. She strives to create timeless, genuine and effortless photos for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. 

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