Every time I have a chat with future parent about their upcoming newborn session, the same question crops up: “What to wear for the session?” I decided to put together this post, to give you guys an idea of what looks good together, and what we could leave at home.
Mum & Dad are a big part of the show. Photographing the connection between you and your baby is one of my favourite parts of the session. Just as they encourage in the hospital, skin to skin contact creates the most beautiful images and these are the pictures you and your baby will cherish most in years to come!
If skin to skin doesn’t sound like you, it’s not a problem.
Dads: If you prefer not to be shirtless, we ask that you bring a plain, tight fitting v-neck t-shirt to wear with a good, snug pair of jeans. A simple, light collared shirt with sleeves that can roll us is also nice. Please make sure you compliment mum’s colours.
Mums: A loose-fitting tank top works well. Keep the colour neutral and design simple. Also bring a strappy vest in either nude, light beige, grey or black. Keep it light coloured and solid in preference to patterns. This will add to the soft feel of the images. I love it when mums choose to wear long dresses, again in solid, neutral colours. It adds to the gentle, delicate look. Keep your make-up natural. Please use a very natural nail polish (or none) as your hands will make their way into the images. Bring your hairbrush with you, so you can fix any flyaways should you need to.
If you had a chance to look at my photos, you would have noticed I am a fan of neutrals. Whether it’s now or in twenty years time, when your kids are looking at the photos of you together, you want the pictures to look current. Light colour give a soft and “new” look to the photos, which is what the baby is all about at this stage. Although I mention light colours, please avoid pure white or all white, as if you then choose your photos in black and white, pure white will mostly convert as a large patch of bold colour.
When matched and in harmony, browns and beige tones add warmth to images and create that cosy feel we are aiming for when having our first session with our new baby. If however, you are not the one for steady tones, here are some other alternatives:
Those are just a general guideline, but if there is one colour that dominates your space at home, or at least the room where the images are going to be displayed, please let me know in advance, and I will tailor the colour theme to suit your decor.
Please leave all t-shirts and tops with logos at home. Same goes for any statement jewellery, and big watches, hoop earrings.. We want to make sure that we compliment the baby, not drawing attention away from him/her.
Last but not least: choose outfits you are comfortable in. There is no point in putting on a nude tank top, if it’s totally not your style. I want you to still feel like “you”, during the session, as otherwise you will look awkward and uncomfortable. Those photos are for YOU, and YOU need to be happy about your choices.
Still not sure what to wear? Drop me a line with a snapshot of your clothing choices to email@example.com, and I will try to help.