What To Wear For Newborn Photos

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You’ve booked your newborn photo shoot, and the day is fast approaching. One of the first questions that many new parents have is ‘what should we all wear’?

I know that when you’ve just had a baby this question can be particularly emotive for mums. The amazing way that our bodies change to grow and nurture our babies both during and after pregnancy can mean that our favourite clothes don’t fit anymore, or that we’re not too sure what will look best.

If you feel this way, you certainly aren’t alone. But I hope that you’ll be pleased to hear that dressing for a newborn shoot can be simple and straightforward – and still make an impact in your photographs.

In this guide I’ll explain how to dress your baby before the shoot and what to wear for newborn family pictures.

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Dressing your newborn baby for their photo shoot

During the shoot I’ll spend the majority of my time photographing your new baby, and will use wraps and blankets from my studio wardrobe to do this. You don’t need to bring any clothes for your baby to wear during the photo shoot.

However, I will ask you to dress them in a front fastening sleep suit, with no vest underneath so that it is easy for me to undress them without disturbing their sleep.

What to wear for newborn family pictures

I always allow time at the end of each newborn session to take family and sibling photographs, so depending on the size of your family you may have a few outfits to choose.

As you choose your family’s outfits I recommend bearing these three things in mind:

  • Choose a colour scheme
  • Keep it simple
  • Coordinate but don’t match

Choose a colour scheme.

Having a coordinated colour palette to base everyone’s outfits on can really help to bring your photographs together, and give them more impact.

I recommend choosing a maximum of 2-3 colours that you will base everyone’s outfits around.  In general, neutral colours work best for newborn photographs – greys, whites, creams, soft pinks, and soft blues. In a newborn shoot in the studio black works very well too. I also recommend that you avoid very bright colours – these will take the focus away from you and your baby.

Once you’ve chosen your 2-3 colours, choose an outfit for each person that fits into this colour scheme.



Coordinate but don’t match

When you’re choosing each member of the family’s outfits bear in mind that the goal is to coordinate, not match. You don’t need everyone to wear the same thing, just for everyone’s outfits to coordinate.


Wear cool and simple clothes

Finally, I recommend keeping it simple, cool and comfortable.

During the session I keep the studio very warm as your baby will spend a lot of the session undressed. So wearing cool clothing is essential.

I recommend that you avoid patterns, and clothes with writing or pictures on them as these can be distracting. We want the focus to be on you and your new baby, so simple tops or dresses will work very well.

Here are some examples of what new mums have worn to their session recently: jeans and a black jersey vest top, jeans and a white shirt, jeans and a white blouse, a black cocktail dress, an elegant nursing dress.

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Summary – What To Wear For Newborn Photos

I hope you’ve found this guide helpful in helping your decide what to wear for your newborn photo shoot. In summary:

  • Please dress your baby in a front fastening sleepsuit, without a vest underneath, before the session
  • For the rest of the family, choose a colour palette of 2-3 colours and base everyone’s outfits on these colours.
  • Avoid bright colours, patterns and clothes with words on. Stick to simple, cool clothes.


Over to you

What other questions do you have about preparing for your newborn photo shoot? Please do send me a message here and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.


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Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer covering South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography and offer studio sessions, and lifestyle shoots outdoors and at home. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.