Bumps, Babes and Beyond » Appleton Wisconsin Newborn Photographer

What To Wear

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Nearly every client I see asks me for clothing advice for their photography session…. Although if you see my own sense of style, you’d probably not ask;)

However, it’s an important question because your clothing selections are an integral part of making your images something you will love and identify with. You may want them to look current and fashionable, classic and timeless, or even vintage and classy.

Your chosen style needs to reflect “you” as you would like to be seen and remembered.


Maternity sessions

I recommend something tight to show off that bump!
I definitely recommend dressing quite feminine, for example a low skirt with a form-fitting top works well, or a dress that is snug around the body. Fun accessories, scarves, jewellery and cute shoes work well too as the little details do help make a difference. Long chunky knitted cardigans look great, and depending on the set up, also your Partner’s white business shirt often works well too.
A good selection of underwear (Black, white and nude are very useful, as is something a bit sexier if you’re feeling brave!)
For showing your belly, pre-pregnancy jeans look great unbuttoned and folded down below the belly, or (under bumps) pregnancy jeans. Don’t bring the jeans with the panel over the bump as these show through the shirts.
It’s a good idea to have a recent manicure too – I quite often feature hands in pregnancy photography pictures.
I also have a selection of dresses and fabrics available for use.


Newborn sessions

Your baby doesn’t really need any clothes for your newborn session; even the preemie newborn clothing is often too big and you can’t see their face properly.
If you plan on requesting some family shots, I recommend moms and sisters in beige/tan/nude/cream tops or soft shirts or dresses, boys with jeans and cream shirts/shirtless.
Dads look best in a neutral coloured close-fitting shirt or t shirt.


Baby Milestones

Delicate pastels or creams work best for babies 1-3m, just simple and natural. For older babies, I am able to provide some outfits, but you can never go wrong with good quality timeless neutrals, ie creams/tan/taupes.


Family Sessions

1. I LOVE timeless neutrals, ie creams/tan/taupes. They never age in the images and always look good and well thought out. Bold (but not very bright) colors also look great, ie, mustard/navy/burgundy/deep green. Solid white or solid black items are best avoided, as are bright and bold patterns and logos, characters, or brand names.

2. For Mom…Layers and assorted textures work really well. Looking feminine is always more flattering in photos. Skirts, dresses, and blouses give you a soft appearance and affect the way you carry yourself. Very high heels might not be practical if you aren’t used to wearing them, also be mindful of the terrain if we are on location. Wear shoes you can walk in and change for the photos if needed!

3. Accessories! Chunky necklaces, colored or textured scarves, statement shoes (or no shoes!) are all great ideas. Consider shoes carefully – sneakers/crocs etc don’t look good!

4. Coordinate but don’t match, or use too many patterns…maybe have a couple of key colors and use them in different places.

5. Little girls are only little for a little while – let them be girly! Floaty dresses, tutus, ruffles etc are great.

6. Little boys are adorable in check shirts, linen button-downs, seersuckers, a long-sleeve button-downs etc, or themes like a cowboy or an outfit with a cool waistcoat!

7. Consider the weather – you don’t want your kids to be cold/hot as it might make them less tolerant.

Bumps, Babes and Beyond Photography specializes in pregnancy, newborn, baby and family photography in Appleton, Wisconsin and the surrounding areas

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