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Fresno Newborn Photographer: What to wear to your Newborn or Fresh 48 session

After having a baby, your body is probably going to feel pretty different for a little while. I know after each of my babes, it took me a while to feel like me again. I have lots of ideas on what to wear for newborn photos and fresh 48 photos to feel comfortable and more like you!

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What to Wear for 48 Fresh Photos

Fresh 48 Sessions do not use many props- instead, I focus on the hospital experience. Tiny armbands, blue/pink striped blankets, and teeny hats. It’s all about your experience after birth. We will not do any outfit changes but instead focus on keeping baby wrapped and warm while we work.

For Baby

I recommend a plain white long-sleeved onesie. It looks classic, neutral, and keeps baby warm–I would bring a newborn and a 0-3 month size just in case. We want to make sure it looks like it fits and they’re not squashed in or swimming in it. Feel free to bring a hat or headband if you’d like. I’ll bring a plain white swaddle, and I love to use the hospital swaddles to capture that look. If you have a special blanket or swaddle, please have that on hand too.

For Mama

Wear what you feel comfortable in. Many women choose to wear a nice bathrobe or a maternity maxi dress. You want something comfortable and soft for baby while she snuggles against you. If you feel up to it, a shower before I come can make you feel more yourself again. If you like to wear make-up, apply whatever minimum makes you feel comfortable. These pictures document the beauty of the exhaustion of having a brand-new baby. Here is a Pinterest board to give you some ideas too!

For Dad

Plain t-shirts, polo shirts, or button-ups in neutral colors will look best and most classic. Please avoid anything with writing or logos. If you’re comfortable with skin-to-skin photos, I love capturing dads loving on their babies.

For Siblings

Plain and neutral colors will look best and more classic. However, I love a good “big sister” or “big brother” t-shirt. Having them comfortable is the most important while meeting their new sibling. 

I would have a bag at home packed with clothes for the siblings to wear. Then grandma or whoever is taking care of them can easily put them into the clothes you prefer. And a bag at the hospital with you, your spouse, and baby’s clothes. I just stuck mine in a large ziplock or travel cube so I could pull it out once we were ready to do pictures.

What to Wear for Newborn Photos

Keep in mind that I’m documenting a day in your life, so keep it real by wearing what you’re most comfortable in and by being yourself.  I encourage neutral colors, steering away from t-shirts with logos or bold patterns. Casual clothing is perfect and bare feet look most natural in a home setting. The house will be warmer than usual so dress appropriately for the temperature.

For Mama

Consider a light flowy shirt, maxi dress, or a pretty cotton gown that will be both comfortable and soft while you are cuddling with your new baby. Here’s a Pinterest board with some inspiration on what to wear for newborn photos. Primp yourself just a bit; enough to photograph well but still be you and casual.

For Baby

I recommend naked, in just a diaper, or in a neutral-colored onesie (I think white looks classic). I realize there are tons of really cute baby clothes but it’s rare to find any that fit properly or that won’t be distracting in photos.

For Dad

Again, plain t-shirts, polo shirts, or button-ups in neutral colors will look best and most classic. Please avoid anything with writing or logos.

For Siblings

Again, plain and neutral colors will look best and more classic. Having them comfortable is the most important while hanging with their newest sibling!

You feeling comfortable and beautiful are my top priorities. I know whatever you choose will be amazing, and you’ll look like the queen you are snuggling that beautiful little babe! If you’d like beautiful images of you and your partner loving on your brand-new babe, click on that contact tab and send me a message!

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  1. Aneta says:

    Great tips for the parents and beautiful photos !

  2. Lindsay says:

    These are really great tips and really great images. It’s clear you love what you do. I really enjoy looking at your work, you’re incredibly talented.

  3. Emily says:

    I love the tips! Everyone has these questions and it’s so great that you help them before they even have to ask. Also, beautiful newborn work!

  4. Michelle says:

    Awesome information!! I like that you provide detailed information but also you give tips on how to execute that information even more smoothly. FYI love your pinterest board!

  5. Maritza says:

    Seriously super helpful information! I wish I would’ve had this 10 years ago having my son, but thankfully you covered all the points here ♡

  6. Bessie says:

    Wow this is packed full of so much good information! Mama’s are going to be so dang happy to read this. Great job!

  7. Dana Rae says:

    Love the link to the pinterest board, it really helps give you a good idea of whats comfy after baby but actually cute.

  8. Melissa says:

    So helpful to have this information, it can be overwheling not knowing and this blog post is so helpful.

  9. Toni G Photo says:

    this is soo so helpful!!

  10. Liz says:

    Great tips! I just pinned this one on my Pinterest style board for clients to see! Thank you for the great resource!!

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