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What to Wear For Your Newborn Session ~ CT Newborn Photographer

newborn portrait session tips from award winning photographer at one big happy photo

Capturing newborn photographs of your newest bundle of joy are some of the most important photos you will ever take. You will never be able to recreate those moments to capture of all their newborn wrinkles, tiny toes, feathery-soft hair, and sleepy smile. Those are the things you want to highlight in your baby’s first photo session, but how do you dress this tiny one who fits in the palm of your hands? And how do you dress the rest of the family who may also be taking part? With the arrival of a new baby, you want to make sure that you keep it as simple as possible so as not to detract from the littlest one.

Here’s my styling guide for classic newborn and family photos:

Ideal Colors

For newborn shoots, I use neutral backdrops such as white, gray, warm brown, or deep blue. Outfits with shades of olive, cream, gray, or blue work great for showing off your family without detracting from faces, creating timeless photos.

For Baby

This is the easiest one. I will already have what you need (unless otherwise noted). Dress baby to travel to the studio in something comfortable and warm, like a button-up or zip-up sleeper. We will undress baby for a few of the newborn shots (to capture all the sweet features), and I’ll use swaddling blankets for the others. I also have several outfits that are specifically designed for newborn photography sessions that you can choose from.


I know you just had a baby, and I want you to feel comfortable. Wear something loose and pretty, like a maternity dress or a loose blouse that coordinates with Dad’s outfit. Or, you can choose our neutral studio fabric wraps for bonding with baby images. (For the latter, please wear a strapless or nude bra, if possible.)


Select a solid-colored shirt (long- or short-sleeved). Button-downs and neutral-colored sweaters also look great and give baby something to snuggle against. Dads can also go shirtless for skin-to-skin bonding photos, but have a matching shirt on hand for other photos.


Boys: Khakis or jeans with solid, neutral-colored shirt or sweater. Keep it simple—no logos or graphics, please. (You can also choose shirtless for an adorably natural look.)

Girls: Simple, solid dress. Subtle patterns work, too. Soft pinks paired with a simple floral headband look so sweet on little girls (most under age 4 can fit into the studio’s newborn headbands).

I know all of this can be overwhelming. But don’t worry. You get to see everything in my studio and we talk about it all together so that you feel confident in what you’ve picked out before your session.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with me to design your custom newborn session, contact me today. It will put your mind at ease and allow you to have everything ready to go when your littlest one arrives.

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