5 tips for the whole family


Dress your little one in something snug.

Newborn babies are itsy bitsy. Often even the 0-3 month size clothing is oversized on a newborn. When picking an outfit for your baby, make sure it fits just right. Clothing that is too big will bunch up over their neck/chin. I love the look of a simple, snug onesie with their adorable, tiny hands and feet on display.


Add some personality.

After we have documented those precious fingers and toes, it is time to snuggle up and take a nap. I love a newborn sweetly sleeping in a cute swaddle. There are so many cute choices now. You can find one to match your nursery theme or add a pop of color. You can also choose a solid, neutral color for a more classic look. If you aren’t sure what will photograph best, feel free to have several options on hand! During your session, we can collaborate on the best option for your images.


Wear flow-y, flattering clothing.

You may not feel “camera ready” in the days after you give birth, but choosing the right outfit for mom can make a huge difference. For most women, I would suggest loose fitting clothing. I love the romantic look that textured, flowy tops and dresses add to a lifestyle session. You will probably be laying on a bed and sitting on the floor, so it is important that you are comfortable and have freedom to move. Looser-fitting items are a flattering option. Textures are a great way to add interest and style to the photos without being distracting.


Use a simple, neutral color palette.

You know we are usually all about bright/bold colors, but for newborn sessions, we often encourage clients to start a neutral palate. The focus of these photos should be your newborn baby. This does not mean you all need to wear white. Soft colors and dressing the whole family in similar colors will keep the focus on your little one. I suggest having no more than 4 colors and sticking mainly with solids. Avoid black, especially if you want a soft, airy feel to the final images.


Don't forget about Dad.

For the men in the family, we suggest something simple with a fitted look. Dad’s chest is often the backdrop for closeups of the baby, so you want to wear something that won’t wrinkle or bulge. A nice button-up or even a new t-shirt works well.

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Bend the Light Photography specializes in family photography and children’s photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. San Antonio Family Photographer.

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