What to Wear For your Photography Session: Make your photos stunning

Discover the art of dressing for your photography session with our top tips that not only guarantee you’ll look your best but also ensure you feel comfortable, allowing your true essence to shine through in every photo. We believe that confidence is key to capturing your unique personality, so we’ll guide you on how to select outfits that resonate with your style while providing expert advice on color coordination and wardrobe choices. Your comfort and authenticity are our priorities, helping you create timeless, genuine portraits that truly reflect who you are


Choose your palette first

Pick a palette of 3-4 colours. Let this be your starting place. Think in terms of tones: blue tones, earth tones, neutrals, pastels, etc. Everyone in the family can express their own sense of style within the chosen colour palette, and the whole group will coordinate beautifully.”

Don’t match. Coordinate

Please coordinate, not match your clothing. Start with the youngest and pull colors from their outfit to dress and layer everyone else. Layering can make a huge difference in tying in all the colours. Using Pinterest boards for inspiration is your best-friend. Use it!


Choose neutral clothing

For at-home newborn or family photos which are typically taken in our studio, I always recommend wearing cotton t-shirts, linen pants, no shoes and loose and comfortable clothing. Staying neutral keeps the photos simple and soft with the focus on the connection and emotion between people.

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Use muted colours

Since my work is a lot about feeling and less on style, keep it simple and clean. I like the focus to be on the emotion and connection of the family. Subdued colors, solids, and muted prints work well for that. Skip logos and words as they draw the eye.

Shop at the same store

Make coordinating family photo outfits easy by shopping at the same store or brand. It’s especially helpful when there are multiple children to dress.


Use your go-to Outfit

I’m all about being who you truly are. For me, that does not mean going out and purchasing four new outfits. In fact, I always advise them to look in their closets and pull out the outfit that is their very favourite. Everyone has a go-to outfit that they choose when going out with friends, the outfit that fits perfectly and makes them feel fabulous.


Fit your style to your location

Always keep your session location in mind when choosing your outfit.  If your session is in a natural environment such as in fields, paddocks or tree’d areas , choose something a bit more casual such as a maxi dress, jeans and opt for casual footwear like flat shoes, sandals or boots.

Keep comfort first

My work is based on movement and playful behaviour. It will be difficult for a mum in a short skirt and high heels to play crazily with her kids or get messy so always think about being comfortable first. What you want to remember in 10 or 20 years isn’t how talented you were at styling your kids but how happy you were together as a family. Pick the clothes that will let you run freely and be blissfully carefree! If you love to wear jeans, don’t look further. They are comfortable AND photogenic.

Keep clothing simple

Choosing outfits in simple, bright colours can help the subject pop against a neutral background. Try to find dresses for girls that twirl really well and help to make them stand out without any distracting logos. Plus, having a little girl spin in a twirly dress helps to make her feel more relaxed and the movement looks great in photos!

Minimize patterns

Keep patterns to a minimum. Consider playing with textures instead. We want your family to be the star! The clothing should coordinate, not take over.

Use Complementary Colours

Gravitate towards rich, earthy colours complementing the natural elements around us. Please choose pieces that are timeless.

When choosing complementary colours, consider the colours in your location, too. For example, if you know there is going to be a lot of green foliage around you consider deep red for your families clothing. Dress in complementary colours, it’s a great way to not only make your images visually pleasing but separate you from the background.

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Let hair move

I prefer longer hair to be left down to showcase movement. In the land of sunshine and rainbows we also have wind and breeze. Perfectly kept hair will not happen.



Accessories give your photographs that needed punch! They lend pops of colour, personality, and interest. Everybody wears them well and they work for all ages.”



I encourage timeless clothing, to ensure that your photos do not outdate.

Lay out all your clothes and see if they look nice together. If ever in doubt I’m only too happy to give you advice. Here are my inspiration boards for Newborn Outfits and Family Outfits.

Feel free to bring along anything you might want to photograph with your child.  If they have a favourite toy or blanket, they love tea parties or skateboarding, or even if they like dressing up as a fairy princess or a superhero… you will look back on this and remember with joy when they are grown!

Jess xx

Warrnambool Newborn PhotographyMeet Jess, a talented newborn photographer from country Victoria, Australia. As a new mum herself, she understands the challenges of learning photography while caring for a newborn.

Jess offers online training programs to help parents and photographers like you capture amazing photos of calm and sleepy newborns. Learn simple techniques that make capturing beautiful pictures easy. Whether you’re a parent or a photographer looking to improve your newborn photography skills, Jess is here to support you.

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It's Jess, your go-to newborn photographer, and today let's chat about one of those adorable quirks that often steal the spotlight during our newborn sessions – hiccups!


Ever wondered why those tiny, hiccupping symphonies happen? Well, fear not; I've got the inside scoop for you!


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1. Baby's Superpower: Developing Diaphragm

Newborns are like little superheroes in training, and their hiccups are a sign that their diaphragm, the muscle responsible for breathing, is flexing and getting stronger. It's like their own mini gym session, preparing them for those hearty belly laughs and future superhero feats.



2. Gastrointestinal Adventure

Sometimes, those cute hiccups are just a part of your baby's digestive journey. Their tiny tummies are navigating the ins and outs of processing milk, and hiccups can be a natural outcome of this gastrointestinal adventure.



3. The Learning Curve

Just like we stumble while learning to walk, newborns might hiccup as they figure out the whole breathing-and-swallowing coordination dance. It's all part of the learning curve, and trust me, they'll be mastering it like pros in no time!



4. The Calming Effect

Believe it or not, hiccups can actually have a calming effect on your little one. It's like a rhythmic lullaby, creating a soothing pattern that might even help them drift off to sleep. Ah, the magic of baby hiccups!

So, the next time your precious bundle of joy breaks into a hiccuping melody during our photoshoot, know that it's just another note in the beautiful symphony of babyhood. 🎶



Common Questions about hiccups:


How do I stop my baby's hiccups?

To ease your baby's hiccups, try gentle burping, offering a pacifier, or letting them suck on a small feed. Patience is key; hiccups often resolve on their own.


Do hiccups mean the baby is OK?

Yes, hiccups are usually harmless and common in newborns. They often signify a developing nervous system and are not typically a cause for concern.


Why does my baby hiccup for no reason?

Newborns hiccup frequently, and sometimes seemingly without cause. It's a normal part of their development, linked to the maturation of the diaphragm and respiratory system.


What is the purpose of hiccups in infants?

Hiccups in infants serve a developmental purpose, helping to strengthen the diaphragm and respiratory muscles. While their exact function isn't fully understood, they're considered a natural part of a baby's growth.


Should you sit the baby up with hiccups?

While it's not necessary, you can try holding your baby upright or allowing them to suck on a pacifier. However, most hiccups will resolve on their own without intervention.


How long should newborn hiccups last?

Newborn hiccups are typically short-lived and can last anywhere from a few minutes to around 20 minutes. If they persist for longer periods, it's always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician.


And hey, if you're curious about capturing these delightful moments (hiccups included) in a frame, I've got you covered!


As a seasoned newborn photographer, I'm not just skilled at handling these little ones; I'm also your guide to creating timeless memories that celebrate every adorable nuance of your baby's journey.



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I'm Jessica Van Den Berghe, a small-town

Camperdown girl with big dreams.
I'm hooked on Netflix, in-door plants, candles and crispy pork crackling with apple sauce.


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