Cold Weather Accessories for Family Portraits

Fall sessions are always beautiful, especially in Philadelphia. There’s something about the fall air that makes us all breathe a little deeper and smile a little bigger. Family portraits can be a lot of fun this time of year too, because even with our social distancing guidelines, there are plenty of amazing things to do as a family!  There’s pumpkin patches to walk through and warm cocoa to drink. But cooler temperatures mean that sessions take place in chillier air as the year winds down. Since sessions will be held outdoors through the fall, be sure to plan ahead for your cold weather accessories for your family photos! These cozy accessories can bring some fun to your fall and winter portrait sessions!! Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite places to grab warm items for your kids! 

Parents with two laughing toddlers in park family photo session Northwest Philadelphia Lucy Baber Photography

Where to Find Accessories:

Target and Old Navy – I won’t lie to you. When it comes to buying hats, scarves, gloves, and nice warm coats for my two boys, Target and Old Navy tend to be my go-to stores! There’s always some fun and colorful options for both of them… and I know that younger children often have really adorable patterns available for warmer items! Choose colors or prints that your children love. It’s an easy way to keep them warm and bring their personalities to your session. Try to avoid bright neons whenever possible still! 

Parents carry newborn child in arms and toddler son on shoulders in winter snow Fishtown Philadelphia Lucy Baber Family Photographer

Etsy: Rough Bark Knits – This Etsy shop has some adorable knit hats for adults and kids. There’s even some matching sets for both parents and kids. All of her fun designs can bring a little personality to your session easily!! 

Etsy: Little Bea Boutique – Located in Columbus, OH this small shop on Etsy has some adorable crocheted pieces for your family! There’s some really adorable options for your kids! Let them pick out one they love and you’ll have a great option for your portraits… and later in the winter when they’re ready for the snow fall! 

Etsy: FierceStitchCo– I’m really loving the cozy infinity scarves from this Black woman-owned Etsy shop! I just might need to get one of her signature SHAU.L’s for myself! 😉

LoveLolaKnits – Another Black woman-owned small business that I am so excited about! How gorgeous are these cowls??

Siblings hug and smile during winter family photo session in park Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia Lucy Baber Photography

Tips for Choosing Accessories for Fall & Winter Portraits

The first priority for these accessories is that they’re warm and comfortable for your kids (both for your portraits and use later). Using them in your portrait session helps keep everyone warm, and when people are warm, they’re happy. And, that makes our job way easier! 

Try to choose colors that will allow your portraits to feel timeless, even with fun accessories. Some of my favorite colors for the fall include: mulberry, mustard yellow, tans, and deep greens or blues. Don’t be afraid to let your little one show their personality, but try to avoid bright neon colors whenever possible. 

As with other sessions throughout the year, mixing patterns, colors, and textures is a great way to bring an extra bit of life to your portraits. Encourage your family to find complimentary pieces to wear that allow them to feel like themselves (and keep them toasty warm) for your portraits!  Finally, all of my sessions have clients moving a lot. So make sure everyone can move easily, even with hats, coats, and scarves on. No one wants to be the kid in the puffy coat unable to put their arms down!  

Choosing your outfits for fall and winter family portraits doesn’t have to be stressful! Use my Pinterest board for some inspiration, and feel free to ask if you’re struggling. I love helping my clients look and feel their best for family photos! 

Mom lifts infant child up in air during autumn family photo session Philadelphia Lucy Baber Photography
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