What to wear...


Be sure to plan your outfits completely a few days before your session. Here are some general rules of the road for making picture-perfect fashion decisions:

  • Choose a palette of 3-4 colors and mix it up, including both pants and dresses. You want a cohesive feel, but without being overly ‘matchy-matchy’. Picture a page in a clothing catalog where everyone coordinates, but nobody stands out more than the rest.
  • Light clothes look better on lighter backgrounds, and dark clothes look better on darker backgrounds.
  • Generally, sleeveless shirts and shorts on adults tend not to flatter, but layered clothing is fabulous.
  • Arrange your outfits ahead of time on a big bed, including accessories.
  • Make sure all clothes are clean and pressed and on hangers a few days before your session.
  • Remember, shoes must be clean and stylish, too.

For ideas and inspiration, try our pinterest board: Outfit Styling or my favorite, "What to Wear?" from Paint the Moon

NEWBORNS are sweet, sleepy bundles, so keep things simple.


  • simple solid onesies, simple cloth diapers or diaper
  • covers, and plain swaddling blankets
  • knitted caps, which are adorable for a few images
  • a few special/classic props, like heirloom silver rattles or family mementos
  • extra blankets for variety


  • grown-up clothes, with collars and buttons
  • baggy clothes
  • loud patterns


BABIES AND KIDS can be bolder with color and style.


  • to show off their fun style with layered clothing
  • non-fussy, casual clothes to keep kids comfortable and for natural expressions of their real personalities
  • fitted clothes


  • big bows, any sort of makeup and hairspray
  • baggy clothes





  • clothes that flatter your body type and coordinate well with the rest of the group
  • solid colors, which usually photograph best
  • a clean shaven look for men
  • to have hair cut a week, or so before the session (men)
  • to have hair styled before the session (women)
  • to have natural makeup that is slightly heavier than usual


  • dressy clothes, unless it is a formal event  
  • sleeveless shirts and shorts, which tend to not flatter adults
  • logos, graphics and bold patterns

We will gladly retouch boo-boos, scars, and blemishes if required.



Information from designaglow.com.

Additional resources: What to Wear? from Paint the Moon