Newborn sessions are admittedly one of my favorites. There is something so magical and amazing about a new life joining your family. A lot of new moms are admittedly nervous about wardrobe and aren’t sure how to dress themselves, especially being newly postpartum. Here are my favorite tips for what to wear to your newborn photo session to feel your best!
Use Soft, Neutral Tones
My newborn sessions are done in the comfort of your own home or in a natural light studio. Therefore, it’s important to remember that the tones you wear in your clothing will make a huge impact for your final product. Though I never recommend wearing bright colors, I especially do not recommend it for indoor newborn sessions. This is because they will give a color cast on the skin, especially baby’s face. This also goes for the colors around you. If your bedspread is a brighter color, we will take it off to use the white or neutral sheet underneath. We don’t want those harsher colors bouncing onto your skin tones and making you look red, orange, or blue. Therefore, we want soft tones. Think olive, cream, khaki, and even pastels.
Dress for Comfort
First and foremost, you need to make sure you’re comfortable. You will be sitting on the bed, laying down, standing up, and snuggling your new baby. You don’t want to worry about anything becoming untucked or riding up. This means skipping shorter dresses and opting for midi or maxi length, or jeans/leggings with a flowy top or tunic.
Skip Fitted Garments
The best outfits for your newborn photo session are ones that will skim your body. This means nothing too tight because remember, you will be sitting, laying down, etc. and just want to worry about the flow and ease. You will want to avoid things like tight tank tops, crops, and bodysuits.
Think About Your Home
Remember, the goal for these photos is not just a lifetime memory, but to produce images that you feel proud to hang in your home. It’s also important to think about home decor! What are the tones of your home? If you have a turquoise accent wall where the photos will be hanging, for example, rust would be a great option for you to incorporate. Since rust and turquoise are opposite on the color wheel, they tend to look really great together. You can also opt to incorporate neutral tones if your home is mostly neutrals, as well. This will ensure that the images blend seamlessly.
Don’t Forget Your Hands
Your hands will be in a LOT of these photos holding baby, etc. so just remember to remove all dirt from under your fingernails. You absolutely do NOT need to get your nails professionally done, but many new moms find it fun and relaxing to go get a manicure before their shoot.
And Lastly, the Feet
Skip the socks. Bare feet photograph better indoors. Just trust me.
What do you think? Were these tips helpful to determine what to wear to your newborn photo session?