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Are you wondering what your baby should wear for newborn photos? I put together a some tips to inspire and start you off. By no means are these strict rules, if you read something that doesn’t speak to you, disregard it. You will find that much of what I say on this blog is that it depends. That’s because I encourage everyone to be themselves, so until we know each other a bit better I can’t give specific advice to you. Before booking any newborn photos, we will have a quick phone call and then an in-depth in-person consultation first. This gives us a chance to make sure we are a great fit for each other and for me to answer your questions more specifically, give you more tailored advice, and to make sure your experience is perfectly suited to your needs.

Here I will start you off with a few pointers for what your baby should wear for their newborn photography session, then if you want more information make sure to grab the Client Information Guide. Here we go, what to wear for newborn photos, the baby edition:

Keep Your Style + Be Yourself

Now is not the time to recreate your look or to try and be something you’re not. The point of these portraits is to document you — just as you are — during this season of life. Even if it feels a little crazy right now.

If you want to, you are definitely welcome to purchase or thrift new pieces for your baby to wear during their newborn photography. However, stick to what you know and what is comfortable. You will be thankful that your portraits are a true representation of who you are.

Neutral Colours, Earth Tones, Solids + Patterns

… are all great.

It’s likely that you will have a few newborn outfits to choose from since they get passed down and are popular gifts. Anything that is a solid colour, has light pattern, is an earth tone or is neutral colour will be perfect. Pick out one or two that you love and that you know won’t fit them for very long. If you are doing the rest of The Baby Photography Plan, there will be plenty of opportunity for other outfit ideas.

Avoid: Sayings and Graphic T’s

Little baby t’s with sayings on them are so cute, but let’s save them for a different occasion. The photos we take together are meant to be timeless and still look great in ten years. By that time, the sayings will be outdated or won’t make sense.

We want you and your baby to be the focus of the image. Text and logos are distracting to our eyes and brain because that’s what they are naturally drawn to.

Avoid: Neon Colours

Neon and highlighter colours never photograph well. The colour is too saturated and is unpleasing to the eye. In addition, neons are so bright that they tend to reflect onto your skin, giving you strange coloured patches on your neck and arms/hands.

Avoid: Current Trends

We all know that trends come and go very quickly. What’s cute one year will be outdated the next. Like I mentioned before, we want your portraits to be timeless and a true representation of who you are. Generally, when we look back on a fast-trend, we can easily see that we weren’t really being true to ourselves. Being yourself never fails.

Your Baby Will Probably End Up Naked Anyway …

It’s not a question of if they will throw up, poop or drool, but when and how much. Read my article Poop, Spit + Tears for more insight on that.

Once your baby goes through one or two outfits, I love to do naked portraits. Naked is ok. Naked babies are adorable. Parents have said on more than one occasion that their newborn photos were the first time they got dressed since bringing the baby home, so nakedness is very true to this part of your life.

Again, like I mentioned above, most families book more than one session within The Baby Photography Plan, so there’s lots of opportunity to get more dressed up later on. Your newborn time is so fleeting and raw. You’re really just recovering and getting to know each other, no need for clothes if you don’t want them (yourself included).

Your Newborn Photography Pre-Consultation with Me

Before we meet, a lot of my answers here say that it depends. I am an advocate for being yourself and always encourage the people I work with to go with that. So if we haven’t connected yet, I can not give you solid cut and dry advice about what to wear because I don’t know you yet!

Some families organize matching housecoats and swaddles for their newborn photos. Others ask me to bring a swaddle because they delivered early before they prepared. Sometimes we just find blankets and outfits you already own on the day of your photos. The first few weeks with your baby are an interesting time, you might be surprised with what you want. Rest assured, I will help you and guide you. When we work together, there is absolutely no reason to worry about anything photo related at all.

Before you book, we will connect on the phone to make sure we are the right fit for each other and then find a time for your pre-consultation. Here we will talk more in detail about what you’re looking for and I can make more clear suggestions about what to wear, and anything else you’re wondering.

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