One of the things I get asked the most is “What should we wear?” My recommendation is always to wear something that coordinates, but isn’t matching.
STYLE: I suggest two sets of outfits (ie. one dressy and one casual) coordinated for everyone. You can’t have too many clothes! For newborn sessions, it’s easiest to pick something that mom can wear and then work everything around that.
LAYERS: Even in the summer, layers add interest and we can change a look quickly by adding/removing them (think hats, scarves, belts, jackets, vests, leggings, jewelry, ties, layering shirts).
COLOR: I like color and lots of it. One thing to try is to pick a color and then weave it throughout the outfits to tie it together (ie. baby in a pink onesie, dad in a pink tie, mom in pink heels).
INTEREST: Once you’ve got the outfits lined out, try to add at least one small part to reflect your personalities, like a hat, a fun t-shirt under a jacket, or cool shoes. I love it when mom stands out in a dress/skirt or fashionable jeans with heels/boots.
WHITE done RIGHT: White (or black) would NOT be my first choice for your main outfits, but white does work well on a onsie/tee for a baby or as a dress for a little girl or mom.
HAIR, NAILS, MAKE-UP: Try to keep it simple. Don’t forget to clean & trim everyone’s nails and toenails (ie. moms/dads on newborn sessions).
Here are some great examples of coordinating family outfits.