• Jessica Handjiev

choosing outfits for your newborn session

Updated: Feb 26, 2020

Your baby has finally arrived! Your newborn session is booked. The day of the session is coming and you need to figure out how to get out of that comfy mom outfit and into something a little more photogenic!

The first step to choosing your outfits is to plan ahead! This can be a stressful task. Take my advice and don't leave it to the end.

What to Avoid:

  • Black shirts. Even though black can be slimming, it looks harsh in pictures and takes away the soft airy feel we want to achieve in newborn photography.

  • Bright white shirts with no texture. White tends to compete for attention. We want attention to be on your baby. Instead of white, choose off-white. It looks better and doesn't pull your eye away as much.

  • Bright colours. We want balance in the photographs and often bright pops of colour can be too attention-seeking and more importantly can cast colours onto your skintones.

  • If you do choose more colourful pieces, despite the advice, please stay away from these colours: yellow, red & orange. As part of the editing process, we de-saturate these colours to make skin-tones look more natural and this can leave the clothes looking a bit dull.

  • Logos, writing & pictures. Again, elements that can fight for attention in a picture.

  • Make sure you prioritize comfort. Don't wear pieces that look great but feel awful. It will show on your face and body language.

  • Too many patterns. Ideally, stick to one pattern. Too many can compete for attention and create visual confusion.

  • Clothes that easily wrinkle. Wrinkle removal is not included in our editing process so if this bothers you choose fabrics that don't crease easily.

Do Choose:

  • Neutral/light colours are always a great choice and give the photos a soft and airy feel (e.g. light pink, light blue, light grey, etc)

  • Texture

  • Clean patterns

  • Layers

  • A great flowy dress, if that suits your personality

  • Light denim


Your outfit should be the first one that you choose. This outfit will determine what everyone else will wear with the goal of complimenting you. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable. Don't choose pieces that are too tight or show off parts of your body you don't want to bring attention to. Many moms don't like seeing their arms in photos, if you tend to think the same way, cover up with long sleeves or a cardigan.

Dad & Kids:

When choosing outfits for dad and your kids, choose outfits that are complimentary to mom's outfit. It's a more natural look when the outfits compliment, but do not match each other.


Your baby should have three things:

  1. A short-sleeved white onesie.

  2. A neutral coloured diaper cover (I can provide this if you don't have one).

  3. Several blankets we can use throughout the session (choosing at least one that has a rich texture and wraps that are light, airy and have clean patterns). The goal with the blankets is to add some element of design but not to overwhelm the eye with too much colour or competing patterns. I can also provide blankets if you don't have enought to choose from.

If you are feeling ambitious and want to wear different looks throughout the session, pick a maximum of two outfits and let me know so I can remind you to change part way through.

I hope this gives you some direction on what outfits look better in photographs. Feel free to email or text me your ideas and I can offer you more personal advice!