Fall Session Color Palette Suggestions | Cincinnati, Ohio Photographer

Fall is my favorite time of year! The leaves are changing, adding stunning colors along the landscape, the temps are cooler (sweater weather!), and there's tons of fun activities to add interest and whimsy to a session. Apple picking at a local orchard, visiting the pumpkin patch, sipping cider around a cozy fire, or playing in a big pile of leaves in the backyard, just to name a few.

The question remains though, as for all sessions -- what to wear!?

Fall lends itself particularly well to certain color palettes that can really make an impact and help set the tone for your session. Wardrobe choices have the power to make a huge statement and either aid in creating beautiful, timeless images, or work against you by clashing with the location, skin tones, and more.

I've created 3 color boards to provide some suggestions for fun ways to express style and ensure your session gives you all the right vibes.


If you like vibrant color, try pulling inspiration from the season itself but add a little retro twist! These muted, yet bold, warm tones like mustard yellow, rust orange, and even a contrasting pop of teal would be a beautiful combination for providing complimentary options within a larger family.


If you're a fan of neutrals, but have a little bit of a traditional or preppy taste, this Neutrals & Nauticals palette would be great for you! Pair timeless basics with hints of rich red and navy for a classic style that really works well in fall and winter seasons.


If you enjoy soft, pretty tones with that hint of subtle color, this color palette! I can see this color palette applied to a forest session at the very end of Fall/start of Winter when the leaves are almost bare and the air is crisp with that layer of fog overhead. Ahhh. Throw a textured blanket and some mugs of hot cocoa in that frame and you're working on making magic.

With any color palette you choose, it's important to consider the colors of your home and personal style because these images will be hanging up as artwork and you want something that will compliment and make you smile, not clash and make you squint.

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