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10 Best Newborn Photography Outfits You Should Try

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Newborn photos often have the same styling and atmosphere. If you want to get a bit more creative, read our ten tips for the best newborn photography outfits.

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10. Choose Props in Pastel Colors

The easiest solution is to focus on colors. Choose clothes that have pastel or neutral colors as these shades symbolize innocence and calmness. Soft blue, soft pink, white, beige and navy work well for newborn photo outfits.

If the parents are also part of the newborn photoshoot, you can ask them to wear colors that match the newborn’s outfit.

Newborn photography is often dreamy and airy. For this reason, I recommend avoiding the color black.

Cute newborn baby with a blanket on her head

9. Use Soft Blankets and Sheets

There is nothing cuter than a newborn baby sleeping among soft blankets. You can create a fluffy nest that also functions as a soft outfit for the newborn.

Or you can use small sheets and wrap the baby in them. This way, you don’t have to worry about how to get the clothing on and off the newborn.

photo of a newborn in a small blue blanket

8. Photograph the Newborn in Cute Animal Outfits

Cute animal costumes are very popular in newborn photography. You can find lots of sweet animal costumes for newborns online.

You can also add matching toys and props to enhance the composition.

photo of a newborn in a cute hat with bear ears

7. Play Around with Fluffy and Frilled Textiles

You can use anything that is fluffy or frilled as outfits for newborn photos. Whether you are photographing a baby girl or a baby boy, every newborn looks super sweet in frills.

It can be a frilled dress, fluffy textile, or a cute accessory.

photo of a newborn baby in cute outfit posed with a teddy bear
Photo by Adam Szabo on Unsplash

6. Use Bonnets and Headbands

Bonnets and headbands can function as proper newborn photo outfits. You can get very creative with these accessories. They can be knitted, crocheted or even made from DIY decoration.

Make sure to choose materials that won’t irritate the baby’s skin.  photo of a newborn with a cute headband

5. Make the Newborn Look Like a Mini Adult

Kids dressed up as small versions of adults are always adorable. Choose clothing that matches the image you had in mind. And try not to go over the top, or the results will look tacky.

Instead of using many pieces of clothing, choose a few iconic items, like a bowtie, a tie, or a hat.

photo of a baby boy in a blue tie

4. Photograph the Baby in Rompers

Rompers are a very safe choice when it comes to baby photos. There are a lot of special newborn rompers available online.

These are easy to put on and take off the baby. Some are so advanced that the newborn can sleep through the whole dressing up process.

Black and white photo of a newborn baby in a cute romper outfit

3. Highlight the Nude Cuteness of Newborns

Babies have soft and flawless skin that looks fantastic in photos. Newborn photographers often choose to capture their sweet subjects without any clothing. A newborn photo with a nude baby always looks very natural.

Plus, the baby won’t be annoyed or woken up by the dressing-up process. You can create a soft nest and arrange the baby in a comfortable position.

Photo of a baby in a nest with feathers

2. Dress the Newborn up as Cartoon or Movie Characters

Use movie or cartoon characters as inspiration for your newborn clothing. Maybe the parents have a favourite movie character they would love to see in the photos. Or maybe the newborn looks already a bit like a sweet cartoon character.

You don’t have to get a complicated outfit to make the newborn resemble someone. You can use props or a piece of clothing that tells the whole story. Like the pair of Harry Potter glasses below. You could even add the iconic scar with some hypoallergenic lipstick on their forehead!

Adorable baby with round glasses and a messy black hair
Photo by Minnie Zhou on Unsplash

1. Choose Seasonal Outfits

Get inspiration from the holiday costumes if your newborn photoshoot takes place during a special season. Christmas and Easter costumes make every newborn look even cuter.

But you can also choose a summer or an autumn outfit if that fits your baby’s personality.

photo of a newborn baby in an Easter bunny outfit
Photo by Gigin Krishnan on Unsplash


Styling babies for a photoshoot is often the question of creativity. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different settings – but always make sure your subject is as comfortable as possible.

If you need more inspiration, check out our list of the best newborn photographers.

Want to learn more about creative photography techniques? Why not check out our course Wow Factor Photography next!

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