What to Wear for Your Newborn Lifestyle Session

Every photographer has a unique style. While I love a contrasted film look, it’s a style I use for landscapes, not people. With that in mind, I guide clients to get the photos that first attracted them to hire me. While I won’t force you to wear a specific outfit, following these strong suggestions will reap the best results!

Choose light neutrals such as beiges, grays, whites, pinks, creams or mild color hues for your newborn session. Grays even lighter than this cardigan work especially well if it jives with your skin tone.

Choose light neutrals such as beiges, grays, whites, pinks, creams or mild color hues for your newborn session. Grays even lighter than this cardigan work especially well if it jives with your skin tone.

Choose Neutrals

Your newborn is the hero of the photo session, so skip the bright colors or busy patterns and opt for beiges, grays, tans, soft pinks, soft blues, and creamy tones. Mom + Dad: You don’t have to match, and complementary colors pair well. Men: If your shirt is very busy, a solid sweater breaks up the busy.

While black is a slimming choice for women, it’s incredibly harsh to photograph unless your end goal is a black & white (only) album of images. If your home is mostly white, wearing black will feel even more disjointed. The goal is to wear light and airy neutrals that flow with the vibe of your home style.

Stop Being Clingy: Flow & Texture

Avoid clingy fabrics like cotton knits. New moms have bumps and curves they didn’t have before so a maxi dress with fabric that moves and flows is best, especially when choosing ivories and whites for your color choice.

Amazon has great options. If you feel like a thrift run, you can get an outfit for less than $15. I also love Marshall’s and TJ Maxx for easy and affordable finds. A simple color with a textured fabric also distracts viewers from focusing on your body.

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Check the Fit of Your Clothing

While we’re at it, make sure your outfit fits well. Tugging buttons and pulling zippers aren’t fixable.

I prefer swaddled newborns (they love it and cooperate better) but if choosing an outfit in which to document your baby, make sure it fits BEFORE our session and that your baby isn’t enveloped by his/her outfit. Outfit changes can wake peacefully sleeping babes and we want to minimize that.

And please iron your clothing!

Newborn Lifestyle Session Outfit Ideas

For newborn lifestyle session outfit ideas, check out my Pinterest board.

Michelle Loufman