Welcoming a newborn into your life is a precious and memorable experience. One of the most heartwarming ways to preserve these early moments is through a newborn photoshoot. Unlike traditional studio sessions, lifestyle newborn photography aims to capture the natural, candid moments in the comfort of your own home. With this intimate setting, choosing the right attire becomes crucial to ensure beautiful, timeless photographs that reflect your family's style and warmth.

Comfort is key!

The most important thing to ensure, is that you are comfortable. You just had a baby, your comfort and health is the priority! If you're uncomfortable during the session it will show in the images. You want to focus on snuggling your sweet baby and capturing the love and joy, not that your clothes are too tight or your dress is too long. Flowy dresses, loose tops, and soft sweaters are perfect options. Avoid clothes that are too tight or restrictive, as you want to feel relaxed and at ease during the shoot.

Mind the Details

Pay attention to the little details that can make a big difference in photos. Clean, well-fitted clothes without wrinkles or stains will look better on camera.

at home newborn lifestyle photoshoot, mom and dad sat on bed with newborn, looking and smiling at camera

Keep it simple and timeless

You want the focus to be on your sweet new baby and the connections between your family. So save the ball gowns for another time. While it's fun to experiment with trends, timeless pieces often result in more timeless photos. Classic jeans, a white shirt, a cozy sweater, or a simple dress are great options that won't look dated in the future.

Avoids logos, words and busy patterns

Words and logos can be distracting, we want the focus on your family. If you do opt for prints, I recommend avoiding mixing them, as they can easily clash. For example, it's best not to have one family member wearing plaid while another wears floral.

parker at home newborn photoshoot, mom and dad sat on bed, mom holding newborn baby girl, both looking down at her

Opt for light colors

Choose lighter, muted, colors over dark or neon ones, as bright colors can reflect onto skin. Indoor photography can lack natural light, so aim to bring in as much light as possible by wearing light colors. Dark clothing tends to make photos look darker than intended, especially black, which can dull details and make images less vibrant. Soft, neutral colors such as cream, beige, gray, or pastels tend to work well.

I would avoid completely matching outfits. Instead, you should consider buying clothes on the same color palettes. Instead of matching, you want everyone to blend together subtly. You should pick 3 or 4 colors from the same palette and dress your family in those colors.

Light and flowy

If you decide to wear a dress, opt for light and breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen. These materials not only keep you comfortable, but they also flow gracefully, adding an ethereal quality to your photos. Flowy dresses, skirts, or loose-fitting shirts are excellent choices for an at home shoot.

at home newborn lifestyle shoot, aurora, mom and dad sat on nursery floor with newborn


Consider layering with lightweight cardigans, wraps, or scarves for added texture and visual interest.

No shoes

While it may seem like a small detail, being shoeless adds to the cozy and intimate atmosphere of your home. Shoes can feel formal and out of place in these candid moments.

at home newborn lifestyle photoshoot, dad stood behind mom, kissing baby's head on moms shoulder

Simple Accessories

Keep accessories minimal and meaningful. Delicate jewelry or sentimental pieces can add a personal touch without overwhelming the photos. Avoid bulky accessories or anything that might draw attention away from the main subjects – your family and your newborn.

For the men in the family, simplicity and comfort are key. Here are some options to consider for a polished yet relaxed look:


Stick to a solid-colored or simple patterned shirt. Choose between short or long sleeves based on the season and your personal preference. Soft pastel shades, light blues, grays, or even a classic white shirt all work well.


Pair your shirt with khakis, chinos, or slacks for a slightly more dressed-up appearance in your photos. These pants are comfortable yet add a polished look to your outfit. If you prefer a more casual vibe, dark denim jeans can also work beautifully. Opt for well-fitted bottoms that complement your shirt without being too baggy or tight.

at home newborn lifestyle shoot.  Dad sat on glider, young boy and newborn on nursery floor

I'm here to guide you and offer feedback on outfit choices, ensuring that you look and feel your best during the photoshoot. Don't hesitate to reach out and ask for assistance or suggestions – I'm here to make this experience as enjoyable and memorable as possible for you and your family.

Remember, the goal is to capture genuine moments of love, warmth, and connection with your newborn. With the right attire and a focus on comfort and simplicity, your photoshoot will result in timeless memories that you'll cherish for years to come. Don't hesitate to explore outfit options from my client closet or ask for feedback – together, we'll create stunning photographs that tell the beautiful story of your growing family.