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What to wear for newborn family photos

Boston newborn photographer, Isabel Sweet: What to wear for newborn family photos.

So, you finally meet get to meet your baby and are excited to document their first days.  After scheduling a newborn photo session, 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 – what to wear newborn family photos

(Below are dresses I have available for moms to wear during maternity & newborn photos)


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.

Tip #1: I always recommend starting with a neutral palette. Light-colored top in creams, light grays, and light pastels help in keeping the focus on your expression and the moment.

Tip #2: Wear a simple, solid-colored top or flowy dress is a beautiful option.  Pick a top with a long or 3/4 sleeve is a fabulous choice.

Tip #3:  Flowy and textured tops are flattering are there is movement in the fabric and adds a feminine touch.

Tip #4: Wear clothing that compliments your style and decor… more importantly, wear a top you feel relaxed in.

Coordinate with mom’s top – what to wear baby family photos

The same rules for what to wear for newborn family photos apply to dads or partners.

Tip #5:  Solid-colored tops and long sleeve tops are preferred as they allow the pictures to focus on connection.  Avoid large logos.

Tip #6:  Wear a solid shirt that compliments mom’s top.  A subtle pattern on dad’s shirt can add interest.

Tip #7:  As an added bonus, dads can wear a light pink or blue top according to the baby’s gender.

Siblings, comfort is king – what to wear newborn photoshoot

No matter how old the sibling is, the main goal is to have them comfortable with photos with their baby sibling.

Tip #8:  Pick comfortable clothing for younger children.  This will help them feel relaxed for the photos.

Tip #9:  Try to coordinate colors with parents.  A light-colored top on the siblings helping in creating an angelic and sweet look.


Families: be you!  – family photos with baby, what to wear

Each family is unique and different.. so don’t be afraid to break “the rules.”  As long as you are comfortable and feel gorgeous, let your style shine through!

Though light colors are recommended… if you love color, don’t be afraid 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!


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I am a baby and newborn photographer in the Boston area. I am happy to provide boutique photography services to the South End, Back Bay, Fenway, Brookline, Cambridge, South Boston, Belmont, Arlington, Lexington, Needham, Beacon Hill, Newton, and beyond!  All sessions take place in the comfort of your own home or favorite location.  I also photograph many newborns in Metrowest Boston and North Shore Massachusetts.  Interested in a newborn baby session? Contact me now!



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