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What to Wear for Family Photos – DC Lifestyle Sessions

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I Don’t Know What to Wear – Lifestyle Session

This is the statement I hear the MOST when someone books an in-home Lifestyle Session – newborn or family. And I’m here to tell you to relax, I’m here to help! What you and your family wears does not need to be complicated and you can go shopping in your own closet.


In-home sessions are a bit different than outdoor sessions.  I recommend sticking with neutral colors, especially for your tops. Beige, cream, white or pastels work best, but you can add in some deeper more vibrant colors in prints! Just stay away from prints that are predominantly bold, bright tones like red and orange.  Bright colors will cast colors onto your skin and are not ideal, especially when there is a newborn or baby who is part of the session. Ok, I do consider navy a neutral!

Dress for Your Home

Ok, you don’t need to match your home, but you will want to compliment your home. If your home has a lot of blues, choose colors that compliment it. If your home is neutral, you can pretty much wear anything!

Can You Move

You might have a top or dress you love, but does it pass the sit/movement test? Can you sit or move comfortably in it without it rising up or pulling? You will be sitting in some of the pictures, so you need to be able to move and move comfortably.

Also, please make sure any little girl wearing a dress has bloomers over her diaper or underwear.

Textures and Patterns

Textures add SO much to an image! Cozy knits or flowing fabrics are perfect!

I recommend choosing three or four colors that compliment one another and working off that. You can totally mix prints! I also recommend choosing fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily. I adore linen, but be prepared for wrinkles! Still not sure what to wear? Take a look at my Pinterest Board! Or reach out to me.

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meet natasha

I'm DC photographer, Natasha Sewell. I'm all about capturing those unscripted, full-of-personality moments in the comfort of your home.

As a mom of three and a former elementary school teacher turned in-home newborn and family photographer, I know how to get your littles to cooperate and have FUN!

Let’s get to preserving your family's real-life moments in the place you’re most comfortable – your home.

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