HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION | TIPS, WARDROBE STYLING & MORE
Congratulations on booking a newborn portrait session! You will be so happy to capture these very special memories. Knowing it’s on the calendar is the biggest step to take in this process. This guide will walk you through the rest! I pride myself on helping my families plan for their session in a relaxed, stress-free way. Let’s get started.
WHY IN-HOME NEWBORN SESSION ?
In-home newborn sessions give you the option of taking photos in the comfort of your own home. I choose which rooms to use based on the best light that day, but common options are the nursery, master bedroom, and living room. It can be so wonderful to capture these little details, like the nursery you worked so hard to put together, with your sweet little one in your arms. When we choose an home session, we’ll discuss your home decor and when it gets the best light. Sessions typically take place in the late morning or early afternoon, but it can vary.
WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR NEWBORN PHOTOS
I always recommend soft, neutral color palettes for most sessions – and especially newborn sessions. We want these photos to reflect how special this time is for your family. By choosing neutral tones, your emotions and your sweet baby’s little features will be the main focus in the photos.
While choosing an outfit, aim for comfort and flexibility. Flowy fabrics add beautiful movement to photos. Soft material also adds to this look in photos, and means you’ll be extra comfortable. I recommend maxi dresses made from soft silk, cotton or linen fabrics, to make you feel - comfortable and beautiful at the same time. Choose an adjustable fit to fit many sizes, and you don’t have to worry about how it will fit you postpartum since it offers plenty of flexibility.
If you prefer to wear pants (or if you want to fit in two outfits), a great combination are jeans and an oversized sweater, or leggings and a sweater or blouse.
Here are some of the most common colors for newborn portrait sessions. We’ll choose the main colour for mama, and then we’ll pick complimentary colors for everyone else.
MORE WARDROBE TIPS:
– Avoid watches or large, distracting jewelry pieces. These can be distracting in photos. You want timeless photos that will look beautiful in your home for decades to come.
– Either remove nail polish or have fresh nail polish on. As a busy mom, it’s usually easiest to just remove polish! It’s better to have natural nails than to have chipped nails. I’ll be taking close-ups of you holding baby, and you definitely don’t want chipped polish showing up. If you do get a manicure, neutral colors are the best option.
– Avoid any large logos and bright colours, especially bright reds or any neon colours.
WHAT SHOULD BABY WEAR FOR NEWBORN PHOTOS?
Simple and sweet is best! I highly recommend a white onesie and a neutral swaddle. I bring swaddles with me to every session so you don’t have to worry about it. Keeping outfits simple allows the entire focus to be on your baby. Bold prints or colors can be distracting. Avoid outfits with sayings, letting, or designs as these will distract from baby in the photos. Also avoid onesies with built-in hand mittens and footed bottoms – we want to see baby’s tiny feet in some of the photos! It’s best to keep things simple and sweet. You can also include a small headband or bow for a few photos if you wish.