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What Do I Wear for my Family or Newborn Photo Session?

  • February 24, 2020
What Do I Wear for my Family or Newborn Photo Session?

This is the question most frequently asked by our clients. Whether it’s for an outdoor or indoor session, formal or Lifestyle.

It’s not all jeans and white t-shirts – it’s not about matching outfits either. It’s about complementing colours and textures. Pale pastel and neutral colours photograph beautifully, as do rich, deep colours. Different textures such as denim, linen, cotton, wool (knitted), corduroy work very well together

Layers are great, cardigans, wraps and winter woollies where appropriate. Soft or natural tones, such as pale pastels and neutrals will always photograph well. Black usually does not photograph well, so, tempted as you may be, please don’t.

We encourage you to leave your smart watch off and ensure that you do not have your phone or wallet in your pocket – distractions and strange shapes in your pocket are not ideal.

Shoes? Well, if you’re indoors, we always prefer toes (or plain, hole-less socks, for those adults not keen on getting those piggies out). Outdoors, appropriate footwear for the type of session is advised. Going for a mucky walk? Wellies!

Whatever you choose to wear, we politely request that you avoid characters, logos or patterns such as checked, striped or polka-dot. Having one family member (such as mum, or a little girl) in a floral pattern is okay, but two can become too much. Avoid neon colours and avoid red. 

Vests- important – please do not put vests under kids’ clothing for your session. The straps or neckline will inevitably appear and will not be edited out.

Dungarees – Please do not put dungarees or stiff fabrics such as denim or corduroy on babies or toddlers they will fall down, ride up and cause all sorts of problems.

In a small nutshell: Deep and rich (such as mustard, forest green, burgundy or rusty) OR pale and pastel (such as light grey, baby blue, soft pink), no big branding labels or slogans and no characters or cartoons. Complementary colours and textures rather than matchy-matchy. Say NO to black. No vests under children’s clothing as the straps tend to show. Ensure that things that need to be ironed are ironed.

Need more help? Here’s a visual colour palette that should make it even easier:

Some links for babies & young children:
(Please note that we do not endorse any of the following websites, nor can we attest to their quality or service as we have not ordered from them ourselves. We are not recommending that you use these links specifically, merely that you utilise them as a guide for what to search for.)

Some wonderfully simple clothing here, perfectly suited for Lifestyle sessions:

(The above will not be to everybody’s taste, but for natural, simple clothing, there’s a good range there – be sure you’ll be able to pair adult or older child clothing nicely with these before diving in head first – Below are some more conventional options)

Knitted cotton all-in-one Pink:

Knitted cotton all-in-one Green:

2-Piece knitted cotton set:


Rust Brown/Light Turquoise:

Old Rose/Light Turquoise:


Longsleeve Bodysuits

Brown/Khaki Green:

Henley Dusky Green:

Henley Yellow Beige:

We prefer plain over pattern as this focuses on baby, rather than their clothes.

Behind the Scenes

  • February 4, 2020
Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes with MIAN at a Fine Art Newborn Session

Did you know, contrary to what it looks like, we don’t bring all those baskets, fluffs, flowers and props with us to every session? We’re all about comfort for your baby, so we work in The Perfect Posie, our magic beanbag, with a Tranquilo Mat (vibrating mat) underneath and the Sound Sleeper App on our tablet. We have a constantly updated wardrobe of knitted outfits (hand-knitted by Andy!) and beautiful soft, stretchy wraps and of course a selection of delicate headbands and super cute teddies and aside from the technical equipment, this is all that we need!

The magic happens afterwards… See that image above? That turns into what you see below!

A beautiful Luisa Dunn Digital Backdrop with our little model Bella, composited from the little beanbag onto the finished image – no lifting, no waking!

So if you are wondering if you’ll ever have enough room for us in your home, the answer is YES, of course! We’ve worked in some tight spaces and we absolutely love a challenge. You will still receive these beautiful pieces of art in your gallery when we’re finished waving the magic wand using the correct spells.

All wrapped up, snug as a bug in a rug!
Some babies pretend not to be sleepy…
…But it usually doesn’t take long…
The team…

Want to know more?

We will start to post on our blog more often, it’s been a little neglected… If you’re interested in booking with us for a newborn session, please visit our Newborn Information by clicking HERE. Be sure to follow us on Facebook on to see our latest work.

Thank you to our friend Deirdre Rusk for the wonderful behind the scenes photographs and to Tara Cole for allowing her little lady, Bella, to model for us!