What to Wear For Your Lifestyle Newborn Session
Choosing everyone’s outfits can be a little intimidating, and in most cases, far down the list of concerns when you’ve recently brought a new life into the world and are living off sporadic sleep and frozen dinners.
But if you’ve chosen to hire a newborn photographer to come into your home in this intimate season, chances are you care about having images you love and want to look good in them. No shame there.
There are few times in life when it’s acceptable to tool around in the buff, and this is one of them.
Given the fact that lifestyle photography doesn’t involve artful covering of certain areas with little burrito poses, I do suggest having a neutral or solid swaddle and/or a neutral diaper cover/cloth diaper on hand. The diaper cover or cloth diaper just ensures that in unswaddled shots, we don’t have Elmo or the Pampers logo or a blue stripe that screams “I just peed” staring back at you in your images.
If you want to try clothes as well, opt for simple. Clothing will look best if it fits well; if the clothing is too big it will bunch around his/her face, and just look awkward instead of cute in photos.
In your session, you’ll be sitting, lying, and standing. I’ll be shooting from high angles, close up, and far away. Make sure you wear something you are comfortable in. I know that’s easier said than done if you’ve just had a baby, but honestly, flowing fabrics, soft linens, and cozy knits look so beautiful in a home session.
When choosing your outfit (this mostly goes for mom) do few checks first:
It’s a tall order to find that perfect outfit ensemble for the whole crew, and it definitely takes some advanced planning — (I did not do this and then after our daughter was born and there was no way I was going shopping, I was like…. ooooh crap I have nothing to wear… and ended up really not loving my outfit in photos.)
If you’re expecting or a new mama, make sure to grab the free Newborn and Motherhood Resource Guide with tons of recommendations, links, and advice from our Firefly tribe.
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