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Picture-Perfect Wardrobe: What to Wear for Your Child's Photoshoot


One of the most exciting aspects of planning a child photoshoot is choosing the perfect outfits for your little one. The clothing you select can play a significant role in the overall look and feel of the photos. To help you achieve picture-perfect results, I've put together this guide on what to wear for your child's photoshoot. Whether you're opting for a classic portrait or a more casual, candid session, these tips will ensure your child looks their best and feels comfortable throughout the shoot.

  1. Keep It Comfortable:

Above all else, comfort is key when dressing your child for a photoshoot. Kids are more likely to be relaxed and happy if they're comfortable in their clothing. Avoid outfits with scratchy tags, tight elastics, or anything that may cause discomfort. Remember, a happy child equals genuine smiles and natural expressions in the photos.

  1. Classic or Casual? Match the Theme:

Consider the style and theme of your photoshoot when choosing outfits. If you're going for a classic portrait, traditional, timeless clothing such as dresses, suits, or elegant outfits for your child can be a great choice. For a more casual, playful session, opt for everyday attire like jeans, T-shirts, and trainers - although I always suggest bare feet for a studio portrait - we want to see those tiny toes!

  1. Coordinate but Don't Match:

Coordinating outfits can make the photos visually appealing without being too matchy-matchy. Choose a colour scheme or a theme that complements your child's personality and the setting. Mix and match colours, textures, and patterns to add depth and interest to the photos. Avoid dressing everyone in identical outfits, as this can look unnatural. However, everyone in jeans and a pastel t-shirt would look great, as would jeans and darker toned t-shirt.

  1. Avoid Busy Patterns and Logos:

Busy patterns and logos can be distracting in photos and may take the focus away from your child's beautiful face and personality. Opt for clothing with simple, subtle patterns or solid colors. This helps keep the attention where it belongs – on your child. Less is more.

  1. Layer for Versatility:

Layering adds depth and versatility to your child's outfits. Consider adding cardigans, vests, scarves, or hats that can be easily removed or adjusted during the shoot. Layers also allow you to create different looks without the need for a complete wardrobe change.

  1. Accessorise Thoughtfully:

Accessories can be a fun way to add personality and style to your child's photos. Hats, bows, headbands, and belts can all be great additions if they suit your child's personality and the overall theme of the shoot. Just be mindful not to overdo it; less is nearly always more.

  1. Bring Backup Outfits:

Accidents can happen, especially with children. It's a good idea to bring backup outfits, just in case. This way, you'll be prepared if there are any spills, stains, or wardrobe malfunctions during the photoshoot.

  1. Bring Drinks & Snacks and Changing Bag:

Make sure you bring a drink for your child and a snack that will not leave a messy face or stain clothing. Don't forget your changing bag if you use one!


Choosing the right wardrobe for your child's photoshoot is all about striking a balance between style and comfort. Remember that your child's comfort and happiness are paramount, as they'll shine brightest when they feel at ease. By coordinating outfits, considering the theme, and keeping these tips in mind, you'll be well-prepared to capture beautiful, timeless moments with your child during the photoshoot.

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