Posted December 30, 2014 by Adam Hofmann

For many pregnant women, shopping trips for baby clothes begin as early as the first trimester. Even if they aren’t shopping for gender-specific outfits, it’s hard to resist the lure of sweet onesies and tiny booties. If you’re currently pregnant, you probably know how it feels to think, “What will my baby wear for the holidays?” or “Is it too early to buy them a christening gown?” While you’re thinking about these outfits, though, you may also want to consider what you want your baby to wear for their newborn photography clothing – especially if you’ve already found out their gender.

Newborn Photography by Jessica Marks

Newborn Photography by Jessica Marks

Most photographers recommend scheduling a newborn photography session during the second trimester of pregnancy. Not only will you have a clearer idea on your due date or induction date, but after when you reach the 18-week mark of pregnancy, your ultrasound technician should be able to tell you the gender of your baby. While some parents prefer unisex outfits for their child’s newborn photography clothing, others want to celebrate their infant’s gender.

Newborn Photography by Michael E Smith
Newborn Photography by Michael Edward Smith

While looking for a newborn photographer, you’ll be able to go through their online gallery to get ideas on what other infants have worn. In general, photographers want to focus on the tiny, delicate details of each infant. This means photographing them without any clothes on in order to capture each skin wrinkle and tiny toe.

Newborn Photography by Tiffany Knight

Newborn Photography by Tiffany Knight

However, depending on the photography package you agree on with your photographer, you’ll probably be able to have shots done with your baby wearing a special outfit (or two). These should be saved for last, since your photographer will want your baby’s skin to be free of indentation marks in their clothing-less pictures. (This is why your baby’s diaper should be unfastened 30 minutes before the photoshoot begins.)

Newborn Photography by Amanda Garrett

Newborn Photography by Amanda Garrett

If you’ve browsed dozen of infant portrait sessions and still can’t decide on what you want your baby to wear or pose with, here are some tried-and-true ideas:

  • An oversized headband. Headbands are very popular for baby girls, and are gentle enough to slide on without pinching their sensitive skin. Look for ones with centerpieces like flowers.
  • A crocheted hat. Did a family member gift you with a handmade hat? Hats a sweet option for both genders. (If your baby is due in the winter months, consider going with a Santa hat – or a leprechaun hat for March babies.)
  • A stuffed animal. Pair your baby with a stuffed animal that’s twice their size. This would be especially precious if the stuff animal is a family heirloom, or one loaned from an older sibling.
  • A tutu. These are becoming very popular for infant girls. Match it with a headband in the same shade.
  • A bow with a message tag attached. This tag could read something such as, “Special delivery,” or “To: [Family Name].”
  • A solid-color onesie. As mentioned, any clothing that covers you entire baby should be worn near the end of the shoot so that they can sleep comfortably through the first part of the session.Discuss your outfit ideas with your photographer ahead of time. This way, you’ll know if they’re feasible.

About Adam Hofmann

Adam is the Head of Marketing for SmartShoot. He looks after all things content marketing, SEO, social media, customer acquisition and growth. When he's not geeking out at the office, he's off on adventures taking photographs of the world.

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