How To Look Great During Your Newborn Photo Session (and beyond) | by Geneva and Vaud newborn photographer
The best time to have a newborn photo session is during the first two weeks after the birth. But these two weeks are definitely not the time when you look your best.
This is a very emotional time and you feel so many things that you have never felt before. This is the time when you discover the whole new level of joy and happiness and what the life is all about. But this is also a time when you feel so fragile and sensitive.
Usually you are still weak and for many many women the truth is that you do not really recognize yourself when you look at the mirror.
Your body and face might change dramatically and it takes time to become how you used to be (it can take more than one year actually!) or to get used to your new body shape and size.
When I come to take pictures of your family after you baby is born, I am 100% aware of how you feel. I have been there three times myself and I have worked with hundreds of women, after they just had had their babies.
So I know what worries you have and how uncertain you might be about the way you look.
And there are two things you should know.
The first one is that you will look great in the pictures no matter what!
Just because you are overfilled with joy and emotions and this is what my photographs are about. This is what I capture and I am really good at it.
The second thing is there are many many ways how you can look the way you really want just by choosing the right kind of clothes and using right colours.
So when you look at the mirror before the photo session you are really satisfied with the way you look.
This is what this little guide is about!
The most common thing that happened with us after giving birth is that the weight we gained during the pregnancy does not go away immediately after we gave the birth (so our clothes go one, two or even three sizes up) and that some of our body parts changing their shape. These are
In this guide I will explain how we can minimize the visible change of these parts (if we want to!) and to drew attention to face. And also to the parts that usually always stay slim: collar bones, ankles and wrists. I will explain how we can make the whole silhouette look slimmer and taller in a very general and simple way.
Choosing Clothes = Creating the Mood
First of all we should keep in mind that we are having a newborn photo session, not a corporate dinner or a cocktail party! My newborn photo sessions are
So this should be your clothes as well:
- made with natural fibres (at least some of them)
So an office jacket or a polyester shiny dress is not what we are looking for!
Lines are the easiest way to get a slimmer look.
You can use horizontal or vertical thin or middle size stripes with a regular rhythm to make the whole silhouette look slimmer.
Top or shirt with lines will draw away attention from the belly and hips and will mask the size of the breast.
Do not use wide stripes (neither light nor dark) – they might create a massive silhouette and should be used very carefully.
Diagonal or X-shape lines – are great to create a slimmer silhouette. And the good thing about them you cannot really do anything wrong! You can use them in a print, which will create a dynamic, active mood. Or you can also choose a cache coeur dress or blouse.
V-neck – always helps you to look slimmer and works great with a big breast. But it should not be too wide. You can also create a V-neck effect by unbuttoning a couple of buttons on the button up shirt or shirt dress.
You can also create a slimmer silhouette by using the shades of the same colour for the top and for the bottom part of your outfit. In this way you will create a colour vertical which will work as one line, stretching your silhouette.
The colour shades should not be exactly the same but they should be of a similar intensity. For example a very light blue shirt and very dark blue jeans will rather create contrast than a colour vertical and will be “cutting” your silhouette in two parts, possibly making it shorter and wider. So everything should be rather light blue, dark blue or middle blue. You can also use light and middle colours and middle and dark colours but no necessary light and dark colours.
You can also use clothes with print if the colour which you use as a vertical is present in this print. For example on the photo above there is a white printed shirt which work nicely with plain white jeans, creating colour vertical.
If you use only one colour for everything you are creating a trending “total look”. See the first picture above. In this case it looks very nice if you use things of the similar colour but of a different texture, for example light silk skirt and thick woollen jumper – both in the same colour.
If you are not creating a total look and not using printed clothes it will be enough just to make sure that you are using the similar colour up and down like in the second picture above.
Just as you frame your photographs you can frame your silhouette, making it slimmer, taller and hiding some nuances.
You can frame your silhouette with a long cardigan, open vest or open button up shirt or dress. If you would like to have a maximum of slimming effect your frame should be darker than the rest of your clothes.
Now when you know some things you can do it is really important to know what you should not do!
1. DO NOT wear tight clothes. The clothes should be around you (3-4 cm). It is not your second skin! The exception is tight jeans with high waist, but you should not wear them just after the birth.
2. DO NOT wear too wide dark clothes. They make your silhouette look massive and will not make you slimmer. If you what to hide something use layers, colours and prints!
3. DO NOT wear thin soft knits. They will show what you do not want to show and will not create any good shape.
Thank you for reading!
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