Vancouver Washington photographer for families who want a fun & laid back experience that results in a beautiful collection of family photos.
March 6, 2022
Having a baby is a wonderful event in your life and that deserves to be photographed. Additionally, it’s also full of sleepless nights and fatigue. For that reason, I will share simple wardrobe suggestions for what to wear for your newborn photos to make your experience as simple and easy as possible.
I want the families that I photograph feel prepared and ready for their newborn photo day. I believe it should be about the moments with your family not the stress of preparing for your photo shoot.
First, let’s talk about s few color suggestions that are flattering and photograph beautifully.
Bright and neon colors are not only distracting but they can also create an unwanted color cast on your skin. So here are a few examples of colors that photograph well and are flattering to everyone. Think of earthy tones, muted blues and greens, creams, browns, and tans. I love jewel tones also.
You don’t necessarily want to match but you can choose a few colors from here and work with those. What is your favorite color to wear?
Choose your clothing first, then choose the rest of the families outfits. Keep it simple and comfortable. Think of soft linens, textured soft sweaters, your favorite pair of soft pants or jeans, or a simple long dress. I love dresses because it’s loose enough to be comfortable but flattering to every mom. You just had a baby, be comfortable so you can relax and enjoy the experience.
If you loved a maternity dress that wore during your pregnancy, that is a great way to reuse it and be super comfy. If you are looking for a new dress, try shopping for a maternity dress so nothing is too tight and uncomfortable. Keep in mind you might be nursing or pumping at some point in your photo shoot, make sure you have easy access to do so. Check out my Pinterest board for more inspiration.
Did you have a pair of maternity jeans or pants you felt like you lived in because you love them so much while you were pregnant? You can use them for your newborn photos and pair them with a soft linen top or sweater. In home newborn photos are relaxed and you can dress casual. You can think of it like a friend coming over, bringing you a coffee, and visiting your newest little family member!
Dad and brothers can wear something super relaxed and they can be themselves. Most of the time, letting them know what not to wear is helpful and then go from there. You’ll want to avoid colors and graphics that are distracting. Such as, neon colors and large graphics/fonts on clothing. Baseball caps are very distracting also-I just can’t see their face and you will definitely want to see Dads face looking at your newborn. Here are a few suggestions for Dads and boys outfits.
Soft tops with buttons and some texture is flattering. Bonus, it is super comfortable! Cream, tan, grey colored pants or jeans. Take a peak in their closets, they likely have something in there already that would work great but here are some ideas also. Last, don’t worry about shoes! I love everyone being barefoot for in home newborn photos.
My wardrobe inspiration for big sis is very similar to what I recommend for moms to wear. If she is into dresses go for it! If she isnt, try skirts or pants with a sweet textured sweater or top. Keep it really causal and not an over the top frilly dress or outfit that can be distracting. Older sisters tend to love soft sweater tops with jeans. Check out some ideas below.
Keep it simple and avoid super frilly and over the top outfits. I have a daughter and it so fun to dress her up but it can be distracting of your newborn photos. Think of simple prints like florals or small stripes. I also love babies just in a neutral colored onesie or romper and I recommend 2 outfits with a a few neutral colored swaddles.
I can’t wait to work with you and congratulations! Contact me during your pregnancy or if you already had your little one it is not too late!
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