Newborn Photo Shoot In Northern Virginia: 3 Tips To Pick The Perfect Outfit


June 16, 2023

As you prepare for your newborn photo shoot, one of the most important steps to take is picking out the perfect outfits. Choosing the right colors and patterns can help ensure that your photos look stunning and even timeless. As your professional newborn photographer in Northern Virginia, I’m sharing some tips and tricks that you may want to consider.

A baby girl in a floral romper and a white headband during their newborn photo shoot in Leesburg, VA.

Choose A Color Palette For Your Newborn Photo Shoot

The colors you choose for your outfits should coordinate with each other, as well as any props or backgrounds in the photos. If you love the idea of a newborn photo shoot at home, I would suggest you take your wall colors and home decor into consideration. Neutral colors typically work well, especially if your home features a lot of prints and patterns. If your home is lacking some accents, adding prints or patterns in, for example, mom’s dress could be really nice. If you love the idea of a natural light studio session, bold colors may not be your best choice. Neutrals and subtle patterns are the way to go!

A man and a woman sitting in front of a gray crib holding their new baby girl during an in-home newborn photo shoot in Washington, D.C.
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A family of four during their studio newborn photo shoot in Leesburg, VA.
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Selecting The Right Outfit With Custom Framing In Mind

When selecting colors for your newborn photo shoot, keep your home setting in mind. This is especially important if you plan to hang your gorgeous images. Offering custom framing, I want to be certain that the frames work well with the wall colors in your home. Not only will this ensure that your photos look great in their frames, but it will also make them look cohesive with the decor of your home.

Access My Wardrobe For Your Photoshoot

As a professional newborn photographer in Northern Virginia, I am proud to offer a curated client closet for moms and newborns. The dresses in the featured images are examples of what’s available to you. I also offer style boards with shopable links to the clothing options suggested. A pre-consultation helps me figure out what exactly you are envisioning to make the best decision for your newborn photo shoot.

Wrapping up

Figuring out what to wear for your newborn photo shoot shouldn’t be stressful. As long as everyone is dressed comfortably and coordinated according to the color palette and theme, you’ll have no problem getting great shots during your photo session!

If you’re having trouble choosing the right outfits, I’d love to help! As your Northern Virginia newborn photographer, I’m here to guide you in the right direction. Contact me today to learn more about my services and how we can work together to create beautiful portraits.

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  2. Donna says:

    This my favorite type of newborn shoot. Clean, simple, and full of authenticity and joy. Amazing smiley baby just before “wrapping up” – so cute.

  3. Samantha says:

    Such great info on what to wear for newborn sessions, Stephanie! I agree that neutral colors are always an easy win. Beautiful images, as always!

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