What to Wear


Selecting clothing for your first postpartum photoshoot may seem daunting. Your first instinct may be “oh, no, the baby only, not me.” But you have White Wave Photography, and we are newborn experts – we know what we are doing (that’s why you hired us, right?). We know how to position you so that you look your best and that we capture the bond between you and baby. If you are going to show off one image of you and your baby, it will undoubtedly be the one taken by a professional! We think simple clothing is best for the new mama without distracting patterns. White, cream, soft pink or even charcoal or black are all great choices. Most moms prefer themselves in long sleeve tops.


We love organic fabrics. Nothing spells baby more than a plain white onesie and a soft swaddle blanket. Or nothing at all (tastefully of course). White Wave Photography has several simple hats, wraps and blankets that we will provide for your session or you can personalize your images with your own items. Typically we caution against “outfits” as usually they overwhelm your newborn. Save the fancy, busy clothes for the visits to the grand-parents, or bring them for the end of our session and we will make sure we capture a few images that include your favorite. Have a look at our portfolio to view colors and choices that we adore!


While we still love white and neutrals, we like to incorporate bursts of color, fun hats and anything quirky that shows your babies spunk and personality. We typically advise against anything that is too trendy or will date your photos and we avoid looks with statements (as in “Daddy’s little helper”). Please communicate with White Wave Photography about any specific props or setups to ensure that it is in line with what we typically offer within our portfolio. Finally, we can’t caution enough about avoiding the “orange” foods the day before and the day of your session…it takes quite a bit of post-processing work to remove the glow from your baby’s otherwise beautiful skin.


When it comes to “What to Wear” with families, not all the pieces match, but some repeat, and they all coordinate. Unless your entire family dresses the exact same to go out and about, don’t do it for your session. That statement will always apply for on-location.

For more about What to Wear and how to plan your clothing options to look great in your final wall art please download my full Style Guide.