Simple is best! I love photographing them in their bare skin and I also have a variety of wraps, diaper covers, hats and headbands. For pictures of mom and dad with the new baby, plain, neutral clothing is always a good choice.
I recommend wearing something more bold and colorful with a lot of texture to show off personality. For children, I usually recommend barefeet for indoors (or outdoors on a warm day!) and boots or shoes that compliment their outfit for outside. I recommend clothing that has texture, such as; knitting, embroidery, dark faded denim, buttons, and ruffles. This type of clothing tends to photograph better and adds more visual interest.
It can be difficult to coordinate colors and not look too matchy. I recommend picking a few colors, but try not to put them in the same exact clothing. The more layers, textures and colors, the better. Just pick colors that compliment each other. I recommend bright or deep colors (jewel tones like mustard yellow, deep purple, turquoise, dark pink, etc.) and try to stay away from pastels. I do recommend investing in your childs clothing for the session because it does make a huge difference in the final product. Search out local or online boutiques, they have one of a kind style.
Choose a style you like and a few colors you like as well. I recommend having the parents dress fashionable, yet simple and focus more of the funky, unique style on the kids. If you have 5 people all dressing with a lot of layers and accessories it can be too much. Dark jeans that have a grit to them is always a great choice for the parents or especially the husband. If you are going to wear a print, stay away from small prints, there is not a lot of visual interest (think bold!). Continue to think about texture and color. You may think that certain colors don’t go together, but think out of the box and have fun!
Most importantly, dress comfortably! If you have any questions, I will be happy to assist you. Click HERE to see some examples of well coordinated family outfits to help with your planning!