As a newborn photographer, I typically recommend photographing your brand new baby within the first 2 weeks of birth. There’s a lot of different reasons I recommend this. For a lot of moms though, that may feel overwhelming, especially because you’ve probably envisioned having gorgeous newborn photography images taken of you with your baby. How can you possibly look (and feel) confident in front of the camera so soon after giving birth?
I get it. In fact I’ve even been there. Pregnancy and the aftermath of giving birth takes an emotional toll on you, both physically and mentally. As a baby photographer, I often hear mommas say that they are nervous about getting in front of the camera. It’s a totally valid concern. The good news is that any seasoned newborn photographer will know how to highlight your best features and minimize areas of concern. Proper angles, lighting and even wardrobe all play a major factor. Since the angles and lighting is up to the photographer, I’m going to focus here on helping you with selecting an outfit for your session that make you look (and feel) like the gorgeous new momma you are!
Working with the right fabric can make all the difference in your newborn photos. Instead of tight material that clings to your body, instead, opt for soft and delicate fabrics that flow down over your hips and waist. Chiffon, silk, lace and even tulle are a few of my favorites.
Textures not only add interest to an outfit (and the newborn photography itself), they also help soften lines and pull attention to areas you want to highlight. By selecting a shirt or dress with detail work on the neckline or sleeves, you’ll draw attention up towards your face and away from your belly, which for most postpartum mommas is the area a newborn photographer is trying to minimize.
Leave the chunky necklaces and dangling earrings at home as these draw the focus away from the star of your newborn photography session – baby. If you want to incorporate small, delicate jewelry, like initials necklace or bracelet, that is fine. Just make sure to skip anything bright, bold and flashy.
Newborn photographers like to focus on the bond between brand new parents and their new little baby. We don’t want any one person to stand out more than the other. Opting for neutrals in everyone’s outfits allow a cohesive image where the focus remains on baby. As a bonus, it allows you more flexibility for displaying your beautiful newborn photography images in your home.
This is not an area to skimp on. Trust me when I say that as a new mom and a newborn photographer, this is a must have for your session. A professional will take you from “mom on 4 hours of sleep” to “glowing and refreshed new mom” in no time. Plus, when you’re in the thick of the new baby stage, having a little bit of a break while being pampered can go a long way for your mental state!
I personally can relate to the emotions you are experiencing as brand new mom. I know you don’t feel, or look like your usual self. I want to challenge you though to look at those extra pounds as badges of honor for this incredible journey you’ve been through. Adopting that attitude, along with a thoughtfully selected outfit and the right photographer behind the lens, will allow your beauty as a new mom to shine right through.
Taking newborn photos should be a special experience. The dreaded question of “what should I wear” is easily resolved with a little bit of planning before your session, trusting the guidance of your newborn photographer and focusing on your sweet baby instead of whether your lip gloss looks perfect. Using these tried and true tips will help you look and feel like the gorgeous momma you are!