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What to Wear to Your Newborn Photoshoot

A big question almost all families have when preparing for a newborn photoshoot is what to wear. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered!

Light neutral color palette

For parents and siblings, I recommend a light neutral color palette for your family’s wardrobe. Soft colors and tones evoke pure and peaceful feelings, which is perfect for these type of sessions. Think whites, creams, tans, light grays and pastels. These colors also help keep the focus on the baby instead of the eye being drawn to bright bold colors and designs in the final artwork.

Examples of what to wear for newborn photoshoot.

Layers and textures

Incorporating layers and textures is a great idea. It gives some visual interest and allows each family member to show off their individual personalities and styles. When adding layers and textures in your wardrobe, consider doing so with tone on tone. This will make it look more pleasing to the eye and won’t be distracting. Lace, ruffles and various fabrics offer great texture in clothing. Layer with sweaters, jackets, vests, neck ties, and delicate jewelry.

Newborn pictures taken at home in Oconee County, GA.

Simple fabrics for newborn

For your newborn photoshoot, you will want to dress your baby in neutrals as well to keep the focus on the natural beauty of your infant. I prefer whites and creams for newborns. I have an assortment of beautiful textured blankets, swaddles, wraps and diaper covers that you can use for your session. A simple white onesie and a plain white diaper are both great additions. If you have a family heirloom for your baby to wear, that is always a nice option as well.

Sweet and natural sleeping newborn portraits in Athens, GA.

I suggest mom choose her outfit first and then have family members coordinate to her.

A new mom’s wardrobe can be a bit limited right after giving birth, which is why I always suggest for mom to pick her outfit first. Pick something that makes you feel pretty and is comfortable. Maxi dresses, skirts, jeans, sweaters, flowy tops are all favorites. Once you find your outfit, coordinate the rest of your family to you. This is also when choosing a neutral color palette comes in handy! Makes the process a bit easier.

Examples of what mom should wear to newborn photoshoot.

Button down shirts and slacks are perfect for dads!

There is just something about button down shirts on men that works so well in portraits. They are such a classic option and look great in various colors. I adore how the cotton of a button down shirt looks against a baby’s skin as they are being held in daddy’s arms or on his chest. Soft colors always look great in these shirts too. I love white, light blue and light gray. The shirt pictured here is great! Love the white and the tiny gray dots.

Father and daughter newborn portraits on location.newborn baby shoot Oconee County, GA.

Coordinate siblings to rest of family.

Same advice applies for siblings. Soft color palette that coordinates to the rest of the family. Stay away from cartoon characters or busy patterns that can be distracting. Kiddos can be barefoot since these sessions take place in your home or my home studio. I will usually swaddle your newborn nice and tight so that holding and cuddling with siblings is easier.

Examples of what siblings should wear for newborn photo session.At home newborn portraits of a sleeping baby girl in Athens, GA.

I hope these tips help you figure out what to wear to your newborn photoshoot. When you hire me, I am here to help you all along the way. Feel free to email or text me pictures and I can give you feedback on your outfits. I am happy to go through your closets and help pick out options for you as well.

Check out my what-to-wear inspiration boards on Pinterest too:

Ready to book your newborn photoshoot? Contact Athens, GA infant photographers of Yvonne Niemann Photography for details and to get on the calendar. Most newborns are photographed within the first couple weeks of life, although I often document infants up to six weeks depending on the family’s needs. Inquire for more information. I’m always happy to help where I can.  |  706.713.0676


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