Booked a Newborn Photography Session, now What Do We Wear?

A rare shot of me courtesy of my good friend Whitney of littlesandbigs.com

A rare shot of me courtesy of my good friend Whitney of littlesandbigs.com

So a client books a photography session with me, and without fail the first question they ask is “What should we wear?”. I really love newborn sessions because clients can incorporate themselves into the session. They can incorporate everything from their home, their style, whatever they like. See below for what I did with a Harry Potter fan! These sessions are candid and relaxed as to truly showcase the new bundle of joy that has entered your home. Now, without further ado, here are some tips on what to wear when planning your newborn photography session.

Tip No. 1: Neutrals (They really bring out the warmth of a baby)

Neutrals can make or break a newborn portrait.

Neutrals can make or break a newborn portrait.

I encourage clients to be comfortable for sure and to wear things that communicates the style they have and compliments their home decor. We don’t want neon orange when your home has a lighter touch to it now do we? That is why I suggest neutral colors and even something of a pastel look. Vibrant colors will be difficult to match to your home, but the neutrals are much easier and can really bring your home together. This doesn’t mean you need to bring a plain white t-shirt, but I am just saying that bright colors and busy patterns can steal the focus away from how precious your baby is. To be fair my idea of neutrals spans from a gray to a soft pink or soft purple even. Throw in some navy, tan, white or light pastel blue and you have a great assortment of choices to choose from. The most important thing to remember here, is to look for colors that compliment one another, and we are talking 3-4 colors max. I know men can struggle with clothing choices so a solid blue or white shirt, maybe even a sweater can work very well for them if they will be in a shot.

 Tip No. 2: Flow & Texture

Take a look at the texture in this photo, see how it make it stand out?

Take a look at the texture in this photo, see how it make it stand out?

When it comes my photography, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of texture and movement in what you wear. It is the subtle ripples of fabric or the fluffiness of a swaddle that really creates a great portrait. It gives it a 3-dimensional look in a 2-dimensional space, and as you can see in the above photo, having different types of texture can really create an elegant look to help break up those plain walls. Believe me, color and texture can really enhance your newborn portraits and become a centerpiece in your home.

Tip No. 3: Proper Fit

This is an example of proper fit.

This is an example of proper fit.

Now I know newborn babies are cute, and over sized clothes can lend to that, but really I urge you to go for clothing that fits them, and the rest of your family if they are in the shot as well. A big thing to remember is that most baby clothing will be too big for a newborn. Even the 0-3 month size will still be too big right after the baby is born. So if you go get an outfit for your baby, make sure to try it on them to ensure a proper fit. Another option is the timeless swaddle. Don’t underestimate the beauty of a textured but soft swaddle, see my photos in this blog post for ideas. They can create that warm baby look you are trying to achieve.

 Tip No. 4: Express Yourself, Experiment a Little

When a client loves Harry Potter, I encourage them to use that in their sessions.

When a client loves Harry Potter, I encourage them to use that in their sessions.

If there is something you’d like to add to your shoot, or if your husband is a HUGE sports fan, movie buff, or whatever play around with it some. You don’t have to go full blown costume, but subtle add-ons can really give you a great newborn portrait for the nursery, your living room, hallway, bedroom or wherever you might like it.

I have found more often than not, that the best looking photographs are the ones with subtle changes and accents that bring a large effect to the look. So live a little, have some fun, after all it shouldn’t be a chore to capture your baby’s preciousness. Just remember that I am here to walk you through the process of picking the best outfit for your photo session. For your baby and maternity photo shoots I will provide all of the clothing and props so you don’t have to worry about any of it! I’ll continue to write these blogs to help you with your family photography in more ways than one, but in the meant time be sure to check out my other blogs such as HOW TO TAKE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS WITH YOUR PHONE