What to Wear: Babies in the Studio {Indianapolis, IN Baby Photographer}

Parents always ask what types of outfits they should bring to their baby’s studio session, and truthfully, about 60-70% of the session is styled by me.  I plan set-ups to show off that sweet, chubby, baby skin because we all know this phase goes by SO quickly…and I love to show off their rolls, their tiny bums, the full bellies, and super soft skin!

baby skin

As you can see, my style is very neutral and minimal.  I prefer to keep the baby as the main focus for their portrait sessions, which is why you won’t see me doing a lot of elaborate props!

So, what DO I recommend parents bring when it comes to outfits?  Here are some ideas!


Dresses are always a good option!  In general, I advise to keep them neutral in color and free of distracting patterns.

1 year old cake smash

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1 year old girl photo shoot

baby girl studio photos

If you prefer a bit more color, think along the lines of “fall” or “spring” – go for for jewel tones or pops of color here and there.

Another favorite of mine for girls (and boys, but we’ll get to that in a bit) is ROMPERS!!  They are so flattering and help show off those chunky, baby legs.

6 month old baby girl photos


One look for boys that I adore is jeans and no shirt.  It’s simple, easy, and still shows off some of that baby skin!

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Other pants work well, too – especially if they provide a pop of color or are a soft fabric such as a light sweater material.

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For a full outfit, fitted jeans, suspenders, cardigans, and graphic tees are all great choices!

6 month old baby session

baby boy studio photographyAnd, as I said it above for girls, too: ROMPERS!  Look for neutral colors and possibly a hood or matching hat.

Some final thoughts:

-Try the outfits on your baby prior to the session.  Clothes should be fitted – even a tad bit too tight looks a LOT better in pictures than something that is baggy. Consider buying one size smaller than normal to ensure the outfit “hugs” baby.

-Stick to neutrals, jewel tones, earth tones, and pastels.  These all photograph the best and are flattering on baby’s skin.  Steer clear of neon and overly bright colors, such as a lot of magenta.

-You don’t have to spend a lot of money!  Many of these items shown are $20 or less and can be found at Old Navy, Gap, Target, and online at www.etsy.com.

-Don’t worry about shoes.  If you find the perfect pair, great!  If not, any of the above outfits look just fine with bare feet.

Any questions about your baby’s wardrobe for your upcoming session?  Shoot me an email any time!  brightsidephotos@yahoo.com

Happy Shopping!!

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