What to Wear for your Photo Shoot: Color Choice and Texture for a Sacramento Fall Session

Having photographed this family a handful of times over the years, I’m always drawn to their clothing choices. Outfits are such an important factor in the end result of the photo process, that I thought a closer look at their latest session clothing would be worth a blog post. They chose blues, cream, and shades of terracotta. Such a beautiful palette, especially against the soft fog.


Mom’s dark brown sweater has an interesting texture to it and matches her daughter’s boots. Their son’s shirt is a lighter shade of that sweater, with a more soft orange/terracotta color. While three of them are wearing jeans, they are different colors. None of them are totally matching, and that works so well for different pairings and close ups of them together.


This pretty blue dress is designed by one of my favorite brands, Alice & Ames. Their dresses are well made, excellent quality, and are reminiscent of ballerinas in their fitted bodices and pleated skirts. My younger daughter especially loves them to twirl in.

Dad and son are also in different style shirts, which makes for great contrast as they snuggle together here.

I love gradients of color and you can see that here with the two shades of the burnt sienna color.

The colors aren’t loud or bold, but still stand out against the soft greens and far away landscape. They echo colors of the fall season.

This girl is so, so cute and classic in her dress, cardigan and boots.

I always recommend clothing without words or graphics. That way you can focus on sweet faces like these.

Close up portrait of boy at Jack Hill Park

Brother and sister at Jack Hill Park

Clients who work with me have access to an online styling app that helps put together outfits for your whole family. I also have a Pinterest board with color palette ideas. To schedule a session, contact me.

This month I’m participating in a blog circle with a couple photographers, including Michele Nicole Quattrin from Minneapolis. While most of my photo locations are in nature settings, Michele explains why an urban location can be perfect for a shoot. Read her post, Urban Locations for Family Photos in MN, here.

Julienne ratanasen is a family photographer serviing sacramento, elk grove, carmichael, & davis, ca, with beautiful, heartfelt imagery of families, maternity and newborn shoots, baby & child portraits, and mini sessions.

Sacramento, California | jules@lovelightjules.com | (916) 282-9102