What to wear for a baby photo shoot

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So your baby’s photo shoot is looming and you are unsure what to dress him in.

Its important to remember that these photographs are likely to be on your wall, mantle piece or a in a album for years to come. The last thing you want is for your photographs to date by the time one year has passed.

I’m sure we all have them, those photographs that you dread your parents digging out of the attic, you know the ones with your awful 80’s hair style and that terrible over the top patterned sweater.

Your baby’s portraits are important and they are something which you should be able to treasure for years to come. So here are a few of my tips to preparing your baby for their photo shoot.

nude baby photography


Nude baby photographs are great, everyone loves chubby baby arms and legs, so having your baby in just a nappy is a great idea for your photo shoot.

This is a classic photograph, you don’t have to worry about it going out of style, and you don’t have to worry about baby spitting up on his clothes and having to change. Plus alot of babies enjoy being in just a nappy, so you are likely to get a few more smiles out of them.

sleepy baby

Sleep suits

Not even baby loves being nude, and not everyone wants nude photographs of their baby, for this I suggest something very plain such as a plain sleep suit or baby grow. Again this will create a very classic photograph you don’t have to worry about over the top patterns or styles.

I suggest that baby has their feet and arms free, these little details make beautiful photographs, and the last thing you want to do is upset baby by getting them undress or changing them just to photograph their hands and feet.

baby photography pink dress

Bright Colours

If you are having a  studio session against a white backdrop bright colours work really well, although avoid patterns, contrasting colours and text.

Its important not to have any features that distract away from your little one, such as a logo, text or deign.

This is good for older babies but does not work so well for new babies.

baby in panda costume

Embarrass them

I know this contradicts what I originally started saying, but I think its great to have a few photographs in there that on your child’s 18th birthday you can dig out and embarrass them with. Whether it be a silly hat, or a silly outfit, it will be a photograph you love and will always bring a smile to your face, even if you don’t put it on the mantle piece.

6 month old baby girl

Change of outfit

Last but not least, make sure you have a few outfit changes its great to have a choice of photographs and plus little accidents always happen.