How to choose Outfits | Newborn Photography Auburn AL

Newborn Photography Auburn AL

A newborn photography session in Aburn AL is a special moment in your family’s life that captures the joy and beauty of a brand new life. One of the important factors in creating beautiful and timeless photographs is choosing the right clothing for the session.  All my clients get to utilize my extensive wardrobe that includes high end options for the whole family.  I have spent years gathering incredible pieces from places like Dôen, Ulla Johnson, Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People and more.  This is one of my client’s favorite things about a session with me!  But if you’ve stumbled on my blog and your photographer doesn’t offer this incredible service, I’m hoping this can be an amazing resource for you!  In this blog post, I will guide you on what to wear for a newborn photography session, with a focus on light, bright, delicate, or semi-sheer romantic, long dresses in neutral or muted earth tones.

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When it comes to choosing an outfit for your newborn photography Auburn, AL, moms should prioritize comfort and elegance. A long dress with a flowing skirt will create a beautiful, romantic look and will also keep you comfortable during the session. Neutral colors like white, ivory, cream, or light gray are classic and timeless, while muted earth tones like stone, tan, and sage green can add a soft and natural touch to the photographs. Avoid bold patterns or bright colors, as they can be distracting and take away from the focus of the photograph – your newborn baby.

If you’re looking for something a bit more special, consider a semi-sheer or lace dress that adds texture and detail to the photographs. These dresses can create a delicate and feminine look that complements your baby’s natural beauty. The amazing nature of lace and semi sheer fabrics like cotton viscose will allow the incredible natural light to seep through the fibers and give add an additional element of movement and emotion to your images.

Also keep in mind that when you are expecting a baby it might be tough to guess your post-partum size.  A good rule of thumb is to choose dresses that have a lot of play and stretch to them.  Elastic waists, drawstring or ties, etc.  All of these details can really help a dress fit not only for your maternity session photos, but carry over after you’ve given birth to your newborn session as well.

Newborn Photography Auburn AL


Dads can also make a statement in newborn photography Auburn, AL. A classic and timeless look for dads is a simple button-up shirt or a henley paired with neutral chinos. Earth tones like tan, light grey, or muted light brown are great options, as they complement the natural tones of the environment. Again, avoid bright colors or bold patterns, as they can be distracting.  If you can find simple gingham patterns in a very light muted blue or light grey, this is one of my newest favorite ways to incorporate a little texture into an image without being too distracting or trendy.  I’m always searching for timeless styles and colors that will keep you from cringing 10 years down the road when you see your images!

If you’re looking for something a bit more special, consider adding a light colored blazer or a vest to the outfit.  You can even find what I like to call “a grandpa sweater” to add some interest in the warmer months.  These pieces can add a touch of sophistication and create a cohesive look with the mom’s outfit. However, make sure the outfit is comfortable as the session will require a lot of movement and interaction with the baby.

image of some of the studio wardrobe selections for your newborn photography session in auburn al


When it comes to children’s outfits for a newborn photography session, the key is to keep it simple and comfortable. For girls, a light, delicate, or lace romantic, dress in neutral or muted pinks or creams is perfect. I personally would stay away from harsher earth tones like beige, tan, and olive green for little girls as they can read a little harsh on film.  Delicate textures like lace or tulle can add detail, interest and a natural and soft touch to the photographs.  Your newborn photography Auburn AL will be the sweetest experience with all these outfits!

For boys, a simple button-up shirt or a henley paired with tan chinos is classic and timeless.  In many ways boys outfits often mirror Dad’s outfit.  I would avoid being an exact match.  Can anyone remember the all white or denim fad of the 90’s??  Cringe.  Also, DEFINITELY avoid graphic t-shirts.  A simple little touch I like to add, especially to boys under the age of 5, is a sweet pair of suspenders.  I can’t tell you how many people comment on this!!  It’s one of the best simple details to add.

Final tips

Here are some final tips to keep in mind when choosing outfits for a newborn photography session:

  • Keep it simple: The focus of the session should be on your newborn baby.
  • Choose simple and timeless pieces that will age well.
  • Play with textures and tones instead of patterns and colors.

I find it an absolute joy to photograph families during some of their most precious memories.  Providing Newborn photography Auburn AL to the locals in central Alabama provides me with a unique opportunity to serve mom’s in every stage.  I get to see the most wonderful families at the very beginning of their parenting journey, in the thick of toddlers, and even some grandparents come to preserve their family’s legacy.  This sweet family chose me to document this special time because of the value that tangible memories provide.  Images were never intended to be lost on a hardrive.  Studies have been done to show that when your children walk by their images proudly displayed in your home, their self esteem will increase just by the presence of these incredible images.  And the better the images, the better their self esteem.

Newborn Photography Auburn AL

If you are thinking about hiring an Auburn AL Newborn Photographer I would absolutely love to have a chat with you about an experience with me.  I am so very passionate about not only getting your memories printed for your home but also serving you.  You have enough on your plate right now.  Lets not let those images sit unseen on a USB drive, but lets also not add another thing to your to-do list.  From the details of picking outfits to designing to delivery, I will handle it all so you don’t have to.  In order to give my clients this luxury service, I only take a limited number of clients per month so contact me as soon as possible to get on my calendar.

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Virginia Schultz is a published Birmingham newborn photographer specializing in motherhood storytelling and custom heirloom artwork for busy and stylish moms in central Alabama and the River Region. From handmade albums to exquisite, museum-worthy frames, her passion is to serve clients by designing artwork for them that will last generations.  From handmade albums to exquisite, museum-worthy frames your memories deserve to be seen.

Currently serving Jefferson, Shelby, Autauga, Elmore, Montgomery, and Pike counties including: Hoover | Vestavia Hills | Homewood | Marbury | Wetumpka | Millbrook | Prattville | Montgomery | Pike Road | Auburn

You can see my work featured on the cover of the August 2022 magazine and the September 2022 magazine.

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Luxury Omaha & Lincoln, Nebraska maternity, newborn and family photographer specializing in motherhood storytelling and custom heirloom artwork. From handmade albums to exquisite, museum-worthy frames, my passion is to serve my clients by designing artwork for them that will last generations.

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