Vancouver Newborn Photography – What to wear for newborn family photos

Yay, finally baby is here and you are documenting those precious first moments with a Newborn Family photoshoot. One of my most frequent asked question is “what to wear for newborn family photos.”  Here are some tips to help you feel and look fabulous for your 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 your little baby boy or baby girl.

Tip #2: Wear a simple, solid-colored top or flowy dress.  Pick a top with a long or 3/4 sleeve is a fabulous choice and will show off your little one perfectly. Please avoid patterns and logos!

Tip #3: Wear clothing that compliments your style and decor, so you can display your beautiful newborn photos anywhere …

Tip #4: Most importantly, wear a top you feel beautiful and relaxed in.


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

Tip #5:  Solid-coloured tops and long sleeve tops are preferred as they allow the pictures to focus on your little one.  Again avoid patterns and logos.

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


The main goal is to have them comfortable to keep them nice and relaxed while taking with photos with their baby sibling.

Tip #7:  Pick comfortable, stretchy clothing for your children, so they don’t feel confined and can move.

Tip #8:  Try to coordinate colours with parents.  A light-coloured top on siblings helps in creating a light & airy and sweet look.


Each family is unique and different … so don’t be afraid to break “the rules.”  Most importantly is that you feel amazing!

Though light colours are recommended… if you love color, don’t be afraid rock it! There are great ways to incorporate brighter colours without distracting from the star. See more examples of what to wear on my Pinterest board. If you are still unsure, please let me know … I’m here to help you along each step of the way!

Moms, if you are looking for advice on make up, please check out this blog post.

I am a maternity and newborn photographer in the Vancouver area. Interested in a newborn baby session? Contact me now!

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