What to wear for a newborn photo shoot.

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So you’ve booked your newborn photo shoot and the big day is drawing nearer. Now for the tricky bitwhat to you wear for a newborn photo shoot?! 

As someone who’s about as far from fashion savvy as they come, I know the feeling of bewilderment and stress you’re probably experiencing right now. 

Good news, though – as a seasoned photographer, over the years I’ve picked up what looks best, and I’m happy to offer some simple suggestions to ensure your family photographs beautifully. : )

Matching is out. Coordinating is in. 

Coordinating color is what really brings your wardrobe together. Choose a color scheme of at least three colors. Mixing stripes, plaids, solids and florals is okay! 

Expression is important. We want to see your personality through your wardrobe.

Find a focal point.
Start with a patterned piece and build from there.  This may be a top that you feel fabulous in, or a plaid button up for your son that will make your heart melt, or maybe a beautiful flowered muslin wrap for your newborn daughter. 

Light colors or dark colors?
The most common rooms for a photo shoot are the family room, master bedroom and nursery. What’s your color scheme in these rooms? What colors will look best and provide interest? Soft or natural tones, such as pale pastels and neutrals will always photograph well. Pops of bright colour can also work wonderfully to create a captivating image. Earthy tones are fantastic and look great in-camera and on your walls. 

Avoid lots of black or white as it doesn’t photograph very well. The exception to this is an all white outfit for your newborn. Photographing him or her in a classic white onesie or singlet will always be beautiful; white will draw attention to their soft baby skin and can always be paired with muslins or other items to add interest and texture.

Choose tight clothing for babe.
I bet you have some adorable outfits for your little baby but make sure it fits your baby now. Clothing that’s too big wont photograph well.

A onesie is a great option. 
When a baby gets moved around, the baby’s clothing shifts and can look messy or show diapers. A onsie stays in place better; has a timeless look and comes in long or short options to match the season.

Textures photograph nicely.
Play with texture.  Incorporate a mix of different types and weights of materials, a textured sweaters, lace, sheer overlay, embroidery, knit blankets, etc. These types of textures really pick up on the camera as well as add visual interest. 

Layers add depth and dimension.
When putting together an outfit, layers are what make the outfit look polished and complete! In the summer, layer your dress with a cute belt and pendant necklace. In the fall and winter, try Cardigans, belts, statement necklaces, scarves, hats, blazers, etc. Wrap your baby in a knit blanket or pretty muslin wraps

Showing skin with your newborn.
Since babies are so itty bitty, it can be a nice option to show them in their birthday suit. Don’t worry, I will cover all their bits and cranies. Another option is a plain diaper or a diaper cover.

Now with this all said, ensuring that everyone is comfortable is most important, so let that be your best guide.

For more information about a newborn photo shoot check out NEWBORN PHOTO SHOOT.

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