family of four snuggles on a blanket with dog during Boston area family photography session in the fall

What to Wear for Your Fall Photo Session in Boston

As much as I hate to admit it, fall is almost here and that means it’s time to start planning that wardrobe if you have a session booked! You may have seen my spring and summer clothing blog posts, but my fall suggestions are quite different. You’ll want to read on if you have a session scheduled for September, October, or November.

What to Wear in September and October

September is probably the only month of the year where I’d say pretty much any color palette goes! The only color I might watch out for is green, but it’s not as much of a concern as it is in the spring and summer since the grass is no longer bright neon green, and the beginnings of fall colors sometimes begin to surface in September, too. So really, it just comes down to your preferred color palette! Neutrals always work, but warm/earthy tones can work too, as well as jewel tones, or things like mauve and dusty blue. In October, I’m a big fan of warm tones like rust and mustard yellow, but neutrals are great as well, and you can definitely consider busting out some green at this point!

toddler brother helps prop baby sister up during family photo shoot in front of Boston's Zakim Bridge

A few other things to consider. Think about adding texture, especially if you have an October session. Corduroy and sweaters with a hand-knit texture make for such cozy fall photos! As in all seasons, I suggest no more than 1-2 people wear patterns, and if you have a second pattern, make sure it’s very subtle. If wearing a dress, I highly recommend a long dress, as it will not only keep you a little warmer, but long dresses are better for seated photos and active sessions in general. Avoid jersey-knit and other clingy dress materials (this goes for shirts, too!). If you’re not into dresses but want something a little more spiffy than jeans and a top, consider a jumpsuit or even overalls! They’re all the rage right now and they’re oh-so-comfy. If you have a daughter and plan on putting her in a dress, please please put bloomers or bike shorts on underneath! No one wants to see underwear in their professional family photos ;).

family of four sits on a dock enjoying the Charles River and the beautiful fall foliage in Boston

What to Wear in November

November’s a bit of a different animal in terms of color palettes because the green grass and foliage are typically gone and replaced by gorgeous golden grass. Alternatively, I’m sometimes doing sessions in the city where there is no grass at all. During November, I actually would suggest avoiding neutrals *if you’re in a field*, as they may blend in too much with the landscape. Instead, think of colors that will contrast nicely with a more neutral backdrop: burgundy/wine, plum, navy, or emerald or hunter green. These will also work well in a city or at any location with nice textures (stone walls and the like!).

Where to Shop?

I suggest starting out with the most affordable options possible because places like Old Navy, Target and Amazon have really learned to emulate current trends and offer great knock-offs of the more boutiquey looks. If these stores fail you, head to Baltic Born or Bohme if you’re in search for a dress, jumpsuit, or cute top for yourself. For the kids, try Zara or H &M Kids.

Just like in any other season, don’t be afraid to consult with your photographer about your wardrobe prior to your session. They won’t mind at all and would prefer to put in the time to help you plan if it means finding more photo-friendly clothing!


Oh hey! I’m Melissa, a Boston family & newborn photographer, but I like to refer to myself as a toddler-whispering, child-taming, photographic ninja.