what to wear for newborn photos: baby edition

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What To Wear For Newborn Photos: Baby Edition

Are you wondering what your baby should wear for newborn photos? Don’t worry, here are a few tips from a professional baby photographer.

Although anything your baby wears will be adorable, there are a few things we can do to elevate your newborn photos. Here at Jena Lee Photographs, we focus on creating portraits that will last a lifetime. We want your portraits to have a timeless feel to them for years to come. For this reason we always share the following tips with parents who wonder what to wear for newborn photos.

Neutral Colours, Earth Tones, Solids + Patterns

When selecting your baby’s photo outfit, choose something that will still look great years from now. Think simple, neutral, soft and good quality fabrics. Anything that is a solid colour, or light pattern, is an earth tone or is neutral colour will be perfect. Sometimes it’s nice to pick out one or two outfits that you love but you know won’t fit them for very long.

Keep in mind that if you are doing multiple photo sessions throughout the year — like we do at Jena Lee Photographs — there will be plenty of opportunity to mix things up. For example in the winter they can wear a chunky sweater and then maybe they wear their birthday suit at the beach in the Summer. There is lots of room for variety when we do newborn and milestone photos together.

Try to avoid text and graphic t-shirts

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. In ten years time the sayings will be outdated or won’t make sense. Plus, we want you and your baby to be the focus of the image, not the text. Text and logos are distracting to our eyes and brain because that’s what they are naturally drawn to.

Skip the neon colours

Neon and highlighter colours never photograph well because the colour is too saturated and is unpleasing to the eye. In addition, neons are so bright that they tend to reflect onto your baby’s skin, giving them strange coloured patches on your neck and arms/hands. Skip the neon colours and pick out something that is neutral or earth toned.

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 What’s cute one year will be outdated the next.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. To me, it is more important to document the real life moments you experience rather than participate in a trend.

Or skip the baby clothes entirely

I always offer to incorporate naked or diaper photos into newborn and milestone baby sessions. I just think that this is the cutest photo style ever. Their fuzzy skin and baby rolls don’t last forever, so it’s a great idea to photograph them. For a typical photo session, we usually photograph a variety of poses including dressed photos with you, photos on their own, and naked baby photos.

Pro Tip: Wait to Dress Them Until You Arrive At Your Photo Session

Inevitably, your baby will throw up or their diaper will explode on your favourite outfit that you wanted to use for photos. Once you decide on an outfit or two that you want them to wear, put them in your bag to bring to your photo session. This way, if something happens along the way, the outfits you chose will stay clean!

What else should I bring to newborn photos?

Now that we have covered what to wear, here are some other items to consider bringing to your newborn photo session. Consider bringing a favourite blanket/swaddle, extra outfits, any sentimental items you want to incorporate, your ultrasound picture, favourite toys, extra diapers, cloth, formula/bottle, warm clothes. When it comes to newborn photos, it’s ok to be overly prepared.

These are just general rules that I share with my clients. But if you aren’t sure what to wear for your newborn photos, reach out to your photographer! They can guide you and let you know what they think photographs the best. Another great resource is to browse Pinterest. If you want inspiration, I created a what to wear for newborn photos board.