In my last blog post, I shared photos from a maternity session with mom-to-be (read that blog post here). Well, not too long after that session she welcomed her baby boy, and I had the honor of taking his newborn pictures. You’ll also see bonus newborn family photos below!
Welcoming Baby Kainoa
Meet Kainoa, just 7 days new. Wide-eyed and ready to explore the world, he was such a sweet baby to photograph!
Planning the Session – Color Scheme
You can see more photos from the newborn session below, and one thing you may notice is the color scheme. Whether you’re planning to have a wall gallery or photo album, color coordination is key as we plan your newborn session.
Prior to the session, I always ask my clients to describe the baby’s nursery, including the colors and the theme of the decor. This gives me inspiration for the styling during the newborn session. Kaino’s mom picked a teal, cream, and beige color palette, so you’ll see that theme present throughout the images.
Newborn Family Photos
I also had the opportunity to photograph this family for a third time a month later! Their BIG, beautiful family all gathered in my Irvine studio for a session. This was the largest family that I have ever photographed for a newborn session in my studio!
Here’s a little behind-the-scenes info: I couldn’t fit all of the family members in front of my studio backdrop, so instead I took the pictures in front of a white wall and added in the backdrop with Photoshop. Could you tell?
In the photos, you can see the loving family that surrounds Kainoa, now just over one month old. It was truly a pleasure to photograph them!
What to wear for the Newborn Family Photos
Again, as you can see, color coordination is one of the key successes of the photoshoot. This family decided to dress in the cream and beige color scheme, so the family photos will fit in perfectly with the images from the newborn session on a gallery wall. I send every client a preparation guide including information on what to wear. Below are some of my recommendations.
For Moms and Dads
We want all of the focus of the image to be on the connection you share with your baby, rather than the clothing. Therefore, we suggest simple, solid, and neutral-colored clothes. (Neutrals include white, cream, gray, khaki, black, etc.)
- Pick 2-3 colors and then coordinate different tones of the colors together.
- Dad should wear a solid T-shirt that compliments mom’s top.
- Avoid strong patterns such as stripes and logos – these can be distracting in the image.
- Be sure to iron clothes to avoid distracting creases and wrinkles.
Siblings can wear a simple tee, tank, or dress in the same color tone. For little girls, avoid distracting hair accessories – select ones that are small and a neutral color.
Most importantly, wear what makes you feel comfortable!
A Lasting Friendship
One of the best parts of being a photographer is forming a relationship with families during this very special time of their lives. I have clients whose babies I photographed years ago, and I still keep in touch with them to this day, especially through Instagram. It’s so fun to watch their precious children grow and to reminisce on when I met them in their first weeks of life.
I’m always happy to work with families like Kainoa’s to make capture your sweetest memories. It would be my pleasure to work with your family, too!
Expecting? Connect with Me!
I offer newborn, maternity, and baby milestones including first birthday sessions for families in Orange County. If you’re expecting a baby this fall, now is the time to reserve your session! Contact me to inquire here.