It was the quintessential perfect fall day when I joined Briana, Adam, and their furbaby, Winter, at Lake Harriet for a family session. Hues of golden yellow and orange illuminated the scene.
Jess and Ben explored I Like You, MPLS and The Union Depot in St. Paul for an evening full of warmth.
The first question I get after scheduling an engagement session is "What should we wear?" The location, time of year, and your personality can open up an infinite number of options and it's easy to become overwhelmed. This simple guide offers color combinations and tips to style something unique to you.
I've also provided examples of my own family photo sessions to inspire some ideas in your own wardrobe!
Let's start with the classics; mix-and-match neutrals with a bold primary color (red, blue, or yellow) to create a a seamless look, which can work for almost any setting and season. Think rustic outdoor and cozy home sessions!
A softer palette combines muted colors and feminine tones for a rich color scheme. If you're preparing for a park or garden shoot, these are a great place to start.
My favorite combination of colors (and an up-and-coming trend) is mixing bright reds with vivid blue tones. Don't be afraid to combine patterns between people -- mix geometric motifs with organic shapes like plaids with flowers, or polka-dots with stripes. This can work well against the grey tones of a city skyline or industrial shoot, but isn't off-limits for outdoor scenes!
Feeling adventurous? Pick a bolder pattern and pick complimentary bright colors! You can also choose neutrals and pick one bright color to wear. This lively palette brightens snowy winter shoots, indoor home shoots, and more.
As always, don't forget to layer with shirts and tanks, accessorize with scarves, hats, lapel pins, and jewelry!
With special thanks to: photographers Laura Alpizar, Jennifer Whalen, Evan Sowder, Donae Cotton, and Brandon Werth for capturing my favorite people with me.
Brandon and Erin explored Ritter Farm Park in Lakeville, MN for their fall engagement session. I got to know them (and their two pups!) better as we meandered through the autumn foliage.