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Styling your baby for the perfect shot

Posted By Jessi Weithman On October 1, 2009 @ 1:12 pm In Photo Tips | 7 Comments

As a family photographer, I like to tell my clients that style counts. I get all giddy when I learn one of my clients is expecting. When my sister first told me she was pregnant, I did a happy dance for a month straight. I couldn’t wait to meet him, and I really couldn’t wait for him to meet my camera. In honor of the already hundreds of photographs that I have taken of little Sam, I wanted to share a few tips on newborn photo-perfect fashion.

1) Think Handmade. If you do not know a knitter, I’d highly recommend Etsy.com for some yummy finds. Simply search newborn knits, and you’ll find an array of adorable hats, diaper covers, cocoons and bundlers.

2) Easy as a Snap. Snap shirts (comfy baby shirts that snap up the front) are super-duper cute on wee-little babies.  Busy patterns can be distracting and most clothes are simply too big, but these little basics are perfect for early photos. If you have a touch of sewing skills, you can hand embroider simple words, names or phrases on the shirt.

3) Swaddle me.  Newborns love to be swaddled so what better time to capture a few images. Pick a favorite blanket with a simple pattern, wrap your baby up like a burrito and snap away.

And if all else fails, go au naturelle! Yes, my absolute favorite newborn images show off the goodness of newborn skin from brand-new bare feet to sweet little skin folds. There really is nothing better in life.


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