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        What to Wear to Your Lifestyle Newborn Photography Session

        So you’re pregnant and still trying to do all the things plus plan a lifestyle newborn photography session, and figuring out what to wear is just one more thing on your list. I’m here to make it easy, so don’t stress! Below are some tips for you that will really help. And I’m always here to help plan and give suggestions!

        Mom holding baby at newborn photography session

        Tip #1: Make use of my Client Closet

        Seriously, I buy way too much clothing so please, please use it! I pick out items that specifically look great in photos. All you have to do is tell me what sizes you’re looking for and I’ll e-mail you what I have. I’ll also help you figure out what will look best together.

        In-Home Newborn Family Photography Session

        Tip #2: Dress nice, but not TOO nice

        You want to dress nicer than you would normally, but you still want to look like you’re hanging at home so don’t wear suits and evening gowns, ya’know?

        Newborn looking at camera

        Tip #3: Mix patterns, textures, and solids

        To create interest, you want to have a nice mixture of solid colors, textured articles of clothing, and patterns. Textures I love are gauzy or crepe fabrics, knits, chambray, and lace. Stay away from tiny patterns, like small checkered prints, as they tend to look trippy in photographs. I’d recommend finding a pattern (florals are always nice) and using the colors in the pattern for the other members of the family. And you can always throw in some neutral colors anywhere you like. In the photo above, there is the perfect example and all of that is from my client closet and available to borrow!

        Here are a few options I’ve put together using clothing from my client closet:

        This first set has lots of neutrals with a few warm pops of color that all look amazing together. 2 of the dresses are lace, and all items have some kind of texture to them, which looks really good in photos. The boys would just wear jeans or khakis or something.

        what to wear for your lifestyle newborn photography session

        I started with mom’s Free People dress and chose the little girl’s dress because of the pink in the flowers. Dad’s shirt is a blue chambray which goes with pretty much anything, and he could wear it with some khaki or brown pants. The little boy’s outfit is nice and neutral. I love this little newborn outfit I got on Etsy, and the lace will look amazing with the other outfits.
        what to wear for your in-home newborn photography session | Free People and Joyfolie dresses

        I decided to go a bit monochrome for this set, using different shades of coral and pinks. I threw in a gray sweater for dad, but a cream colored Henley would also look amazing here. Baby will be loosely wrapped in a floral swaddle blanket. I’ve used 2 different patterns here, but they look great together so it works!
        what to wear for your lifestyle newborn photo session | Jamie Kay dress

        Tip #4: Keep it light

        Choose light and medium colors, and avoid dark colors. Also avoid colors that are too bright because they can cast colors onto skin (never wear neon for photos.). Usually photographing indoors can get dark in places, so you want to bring in as much light as possible. Wearing dark colors make photos look darker than they should be. I especially don’t love black in large doses, as it dulls photos and the details get lost in the darkness.

        Baby in crib during lifestyle newborn photography session

        Tip #5: Avoid words and logos

        Words and logos can be distracting, and we want all the focus on your family. The only time when you might want some words is if you have a cute or funny onesie you’d like to use in a few shots.

        Mom holding newborn baby

        Tip #6: Remember to accessorize

        It’s smart to have a few baby accessories on hand like headbands, hats, and swaddles. But I will bring some, as well. Also, don’t forget the accessories for the family. A necklace or some pretty rings would add some interest to your session. Just make sure not to go overboard!

        Hopefully you’ve found this useful and I’ve sparked some ideas for how to dress at your next lifestyle newborn photography session. Leave a comment below and let me know your favorite tip!

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        3 COMMENTS

        These tips are great and I love the photos!! Your passion for photography is definitely visible, nice job!

        I love the photos taken from this newborn photography session! The clothes you choose too are beautiful with gorgeous textures and colors. I wish I would have done something like this when my little girl was born.

        I raise my hands to tip #3!!! Solids with texture, neutrals that all look food together creates a great backdrop to a new baby family photo. After all, the main subject is the peoples faces. Lets let them shine!!! (close second is the no logos!!!). Thanks for the great article!

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