What should Parents & Siblings wear| Jacki G. Photography | Richmond, VA | Family & Newborn Photographer

Booking your baby's first professional portraits is truly exciting! You've waited months to meet the baby and have dreamed of holding them in your arms! Now that you've selected your photographer and are gearing up for a great session, you may be a little unsure what to wear to your newborn session. Have no fear! As a professional newborn photographer plus mom (I mean, I DO have three children !) I know how important these images are to you. You'll treasure them forever. You would like to look and feel your best. I'm here to guide you and provide an amazing, laid back experience for you new parents.

Mom & Dad : simplicity is key

First and foremost, moms should wear something that makes them feel beautiful and comfortable (after all.. you just had a little one!).   The best advice really is to keep it simple.  The best way to do this is by wearing a simple, solid-colored top.  Light colored tops in creams, light grays, and light pastels help in keeping the focus on your expression and the moment.  Mom can wear a long sleeve, or no sleeves. I prefer Dads to wear long sleeves but for one picture I would need Dad to wear a short sleeve shirt or no shirt.

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Siblings: comfort is king

No matter how old the sibling is, the main goal is to have them comfortable with photos with their baby sibling.  It’s especially important because some of the sibling shots involve them laying down on a blanket with the baby.  Again, try to coordinate colors with the parents.  A light or cream-colored top on a sibling creates an angelic and sweet look.

The sibling portion always makes mom's heart soar! This is a very popular request for sessions and we set aside an additional 30 minutes for these setups. I like to pose the older sibling on their back while the eldest child holds the new baby. This is a safe way for them to interact without worrying if the baby will be dropped. A neutral colored flokati, such as cream or white, is a really pretty option here. Little ones look super precious in classic, natural attire such as dark wash blue jeans, perhaps even khaki pants, and then a simple top in a lighter color, such as beige, cream, white, or tan. 

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Families: be you

Each family is unique and different.  These tips are here to help decide what to wear for your baby photoshoot.  Though neutrals and light colors are recommended… if you love color, don’t be afraid to rock it! But nothing neon.  If you are still unsure, let me know… I’m here to help you along each step of the way!

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Pick a prop|Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA | Newborn & Family Photography

Preparing for your session: 

When planning a session, it helps to pick one main color that will be present in all the shots- then add complementary colors to the images to add a bit of interest and to compliment ( yes, i said complement...not over power) the images (or baby!) as a whole. 

The images below are a few of the props i have available for you to choose from.  I always try and to incorporate a prop into each session.  Take a look below to see the types of buckets, baskets and wreathes available to you during your session.  

Choosing  the color scheme and props involves a little planning and thinking about what the end goal will be.  Did you want a wall display? custom framed prints,  gallery wrapped canvases or an Heirloom album. Whatever your goal may be,  my goal as your photographer is to take the color scheme you would like and make beautiful images for you to display in your home.  

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The wreath can be plane or decorated with flowers to suit your specific session.  The antique suitcase is very nice when posing newborns or older babies.  The curved bench is one of my favorite props to use.  If you wanted a nautical theme i have the boat for you. :) 

I have several baskets,  a curved wicker basket, a flatter longer basket and a brown crate all make for adorable props.  I also have a white birch tree truck for the winter months and a sling for a simple clean fresh in the womb feel. 

I have several baskets,  a curved wicker basket, a flatter longer basket and a brown crate all make for adorable props.  I also have a white birch tree truck for the winter months and a sling for a simple clean fresh in the womb feel. 

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.  I have a few cream buckets to choose from one taller then the other,  an antique silver bucket as well as an antique wood bucket. 

For the all around little boy pose i have a dump truck to place baby in.  

For the all around little boy pose i have a dump truck to place baby in.