What to wear? What to bring? {Sydney family portrait photography – baby, newborn, children, pregnancy, maternity}


“What to wear?” 


It’s far and away the most common question asked before a family portrait session. Ultimately, it’s entirely up to you, but here are some general pointers:


  • Try to keep it simple. If possible avoid bold patterns, strong colours and logos.
  • For tops (bottom halves are less important) light colours are good. White is great – it gives a real freshness to the images.
  • Make sure you are comfortable. And if you have a ‘look’ of your own, you may want to stick with it (even if that contradicts what I’ve just said above). After all, it’s about capturing the ‘real you’.
  • For family photos, it’s good if everyone is wearing something similar, or at least similar colours.
  • If you are in any doubt, please feel free to bring as many changes of clothes as you like. There will be plenty of opportunities for outfit changes.

To get some ideas, please take a look at the family and children galleries.


Babies and newborns


  • Bring a good range of outfits – perhaps three or four. Even if your baby doesn’t model them all it’s important to have back-ups in case of accidents!
  • Keep it simple. If possible avoid bold patterns, strong colours and logos.
  • Light colours are best. White is great.
  • Singlets work well as do other outfits without arms or sleeves.
  • Hats and hoodies are always incredibly cute.
  • Nappy covers or bloomers are great for nappy-only shots.
  • Please bring anything with sentimental value to you or your baby – toys, wraps, rugs, jewellery…

Please take a look at the baby and newborn galleries for some ideas.




  • For maternity shoots it’s good to bring a range of outfits: something light, something dark, something body-hugging, something flowing.
  • Your partner may also like to bring a couple of changes of top that fit with your outfits.
  • You might also consider whether you’d like underwear shots.
  • If you have any baby clothes or accessories (shoes are really nice), feel free to bring them along.
  • Above all, a maternity shoot is very personal thing, so feel free to disregard the above advice and come as you like!


To get some ideas, please take a look at the maternity & newborn gallery.