What to wear for newborn family photos

Right after having a baby, it can be daunting  “picturing” yourself in your newborn family photos.  It’s not a surprise that the most frequently asked question from parents is what to wear for newborn family photos.   Below are some tips to help you feel and look fabulous for your photos!

Moms: simplicity is key

First and foremost, moms should wear something that makes them feel beautiful and comfortable (after all.. you just had a little one!).   The best advice really is to keep it simple.  The best way to do this is by wearing a simple, solid-colored top.  Light colored tops in creams, light grays, and light pastels help in keeping the focus on your expression and the moment.  For both parents, a long sleeve shirt is preferred. For mom, a long flowy dress is also a beautiful option.

Brookline family with baby smiling at the camera by iSweet Photography

Dads or partners: coordinate with mom’s top

The same rules for what to wear for newborn family photos apply to dads or partners.  Solid-colored tops and long sleeve tops are preferred as they allow the pictures to focus on connection.  Dads should wear a solid shirt that compliments mom’s top.  A subtle pattern on dad’s shirt can add interest.  As an added bonus, I’ve noticed dads wear a light pink or blue top according to the baby’s gender.

Brookline MA parents holding twin daughters during newborn photos by iSweet Photography

Newborn girl with happy parents by iSweet Photography

Siblings: comfort is king

No matter how old the sibling is, the main goal is to have them comfortable with photos with their baby sibling.  It’s especially important because some of the sibling shots involve them laying down on a blanket with the baby.  Again, try to coordinate colors with the parents.  A light or cream-colored top on a sibling creates an angelic and sweet look.

Big sister smiling and holding newborn baby brother by iSweet Photography

Families: be you

Each family is unique and different.  These tips are here to help decide what to wear for your baby photoshoot.  Though neutrals and light colors are recommended… if you love color, don’t be afraid to rock it! See more examples of what to wear to your newborn family photos on the newborn gallery.  If you are still unsure, let me know… I’m here to help you along each step of the way!

Newton family snuggling and holding their baby by iSweet PhotographySouth End mom wearing purple holding baby and smiling by iSweet PhotographyIsabel Sweet is a family and children photographer in Boston. All sessions take place in the comfort of your own home. Interested in a baby session?  Contact me now to get more information!



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