How to Style the Whole Family for Fall Photos

Our photos were taken by: Emily Bockelkamp Photography

We did family photos during the fall last year, so this year our original plan was to do something in the summertime. We planned on shooting our family photos in a sunflower field but with Tyler and I's work schedules and working around a date our photographer was available for just wouldn't line up while a field was still blooming so fall photos it was! I am SO happy the sunflower field did not work out because these pictures are simply magical. Even though we're just a family of three the styling part is still always tricky. So I'm breaking down my tips for styling our little family for photos!


I've learned that starting with one piece you definitely want to wear/be worn in photos makes styling the rest a little easier. I had just received this orange H&M dress in the mail, it was gorgeous and fun, so I knew I wanted to wear it for photos. After determining that, I went searching for Izzy's outfit. I knew I wanted her in something with a pattern so I can pull colors from that for Tyler to wear. It's important to pick colors that work well together because remember, we're complimenting one another not contrasting with them! 


I always try to make sure we have a location set in place before I finalize our outfits, that way I can make sure our outfits don't wash out into the background. You want the location to compliment your color palette, no contrast with it. Our original plan was to shoot at a park with lots of greenery, once I finalized our outfits and knew Tyler was going to be wearing a dark green shirt and Izzy was being put in a floral dress with darker shades I had a feeling it was all going to clash. The location we went with couldn't have complimented our outfits more.


Adding different textures breaks up each look while still making it look put together, make sense? For example; my dress was full of texture and Tyler's button-down was corduroy (he actually wore this same shirt for family photos last year, except in a cream color!) while Izzy's dress had ruffle details that complimented my dress.


Often times mixing patterns makes everything look really busy, I always prefer to stick with one pattern and base the other looks off of complementing colors. While my dress was chosen first, when I was searching for Izzy's outfit my goal was to find a pattern that complimented me but still had something Tyler could pull from. 


Styling your family for photos is a struggle! When Tyler and I use to do couple pictures I thought styling us was hard enough then we added a baby to the mix! I hope these tips were helpful and if you have any questions in regards to styling your family for photos I would be more than happy to help!


Gift Guides for Parents & In Laws

1. Rose Gold Fossil Watch - This watch is actually on my mom's Christmas list this year. It's simple, cute and reasonably priced!

2. Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw - This blanket has 5 stars and has 1.4k reviews! It comes in 13 different colors and it's UNDER $30! A great cozy and affordable gift.

3. Ugg Slippers - There are so many slippers on the market but Ugg slippers will always be a top rated. A little on the pricer side but they will last for years!

4. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Robe - I don't really remember from last year, but this year Barefoot Dreams anything is all the hype. Izzy has a little Barefoot Dreams blanket and I wish I had an adult size of it. I've heard great things about the robes as well.

5. Philosophy Perfume Set - You can never go wrong with gifting your mom or MIL her favorite perfume! This little set would make a great stocking stuffer.

6. Bouquet Pajama Set - Honestly every women in America should have these on their Christmas List right now 😂 I don't personally own a pair, yet, but by the looks and reviews of them they are just all around the perfect pajama set. Loft in general has so many cute and cozy pajama options on their site right now.

7. Crystal Drop Earrings - These are so pretty! You can never go wrong with gifting Kendra Scott jewelry.

8.  Tory Burch Flats - Another option that's on the pricer side but these are a great option if your mom or MIL wears flats all the time, like mine! I've heard nothing but great things about them too.

1. Bombas Socks - Is it just the men in my family or does every guy really ask for socks for Christmas? 😂 And I never realized how many options you have to choose from! The personalized ones I shared in last weeks gift guide would make a great gift for grandparents. However, Bombas has tons of great options as well!

2. Versace Cologne - Cologne in general is always a great gift for dads and FIL's. 

3. AirPods - I haven't hopped on the AirPods bandwagon yet, but everyone else seems to be on it and this would make a great gift. Especially if they travel a lot or spend a lot of time at the gym!

4. Patagonia Fleece - Again, can't go wrong with gifting Patagonia! This fleece has so many great reviews and Patagonia in general is amazing quality!

5. Beard Oil - I purchased this for Tyler one year and he loved it! It's 100% natural and you can also purchase Beard Balm's and Washes as well. Not to mention you're supporting a small business. 

6. Soft-Washed Tee - Tyler has one of these and they are really the softest tees! They are also super on sale right now.

7. Personalized Whiskey Glass - A special gift for the whiskey lover! I got Tyler a Whiskey glass last year and it was such a good gift.

8. Ugg Slippers - These are a great gift for everyone and they are worth the money because they last forever!

Our Family Photos

Thanks to PinkBlush for sponsoring todays post. As always, all opinions are my own.

I was so excited to shoot our first session of family photos as a family of four with our friend, Emily Bockelkamp Photography. She has been doing our pictures since 2014 and never seizes to amaze us! We've also decided to send out Christmas cards this year because well, we have a kid now so that's what adults with kids do right? 😂 These photos are going to be so perfect to include on our cards!

My dress is c/o of PinkBlush. It was one of the first options I stumbled upon and I absolutely fell in love with it. It comes in a ton of different color options and you can purchase it in maternity sizing as well - A gorgeous option for maternity pictures or your baby shower! PinkBlush has also started their Black Friday sale and you can receive up to 60% off site wide! This dress in particular is 40% off with code "BLACKFRIDAY" from now until December 1st. There will also be doorbuster starting at $10 for leggings, camis, and select overstock styles! I'll be sharing a few of my top sale picks below along with how you can enter to win a $75 shop credit to shop during the sale!

Shop my favorite PinkBlush sale picks below & head over to todays Instagram post to enter to win a $75 shop credit to shop the sale!