Is there anything more real and timeless than just being you?  Sometimes the outside pressure of what makes a beautiful photograph or how you are styled can turn people away from hiring a professional photographer.  What if I told you that there is something perfect in your own closet and that comfy sweater you were wearing last week is the outfit for a newborn photo session in your home… because it is.

Hands down, the best part of your photographer coming to your home in the winter is that you get to stay cozy, warm and relaxed.  There is no braving the winter cold with a new baby and no stress of traveling in inclement weather.  Grab a tea, relax in bed for a bit longer and let the photographer come to you.

Our goal with natural newborn photography is to have a true representation of this time in your life.  For that reason, I encourage most winter newborn Mamas to go the more warm, casual route for their photography session. 

What to wear winter newborn photos


  1. Textured fabrics and clothing photograph well.  This could be literal texture (waffle, cable, knit) or color variation (heathered, vintage, subtle pattern)
  2. Blouse/linen fabrics that give movement.  Shaws, wraps, long skirts or robes can give the same effect of playful, moving imagery.
  3. Neutral colors at the best.  Our clothing acts as a bounce card and will bring colored light to your baby’s face and skin.  Neutrals allow for cleaner light, but also reflective light to other members of your family.
  4. NO SHOES!  Barefoot in the house gives an intimate and real feel. 
  5. Be comfortable.  I want you to feel comfortable to snuggle, play, lay and tickle your children, so make sure you feel good in your clothing and it will shine through the photos.
  6. Mix textures, patterns and fabrics for a coordinated look, not matching.  Styled does not mean matching outfits, it means dressing with intention with a common flow among all the clothing.


  1. Avoid solid black and navy as these colors do not show shadows very well, leaving a solid black blob in the photos.
  2. No shirts with logos/brands/colleges.
  3. Leave trends behind.  Though you might be inspired by your neighbor’s trendy photo session, trends will come and go, leaving your photos to feel dated.  When making such an investment like newborn photography, stick with clean, simple and timeless.
  4. Give notice to animal fibers in your clothing and the potential of you newborn’s sensitivity to those fibers.  Some young babies have a red, blotchy skin reaction to wool and alpaca.

Below are a few of my favorite winter sessions, where the families really embraced the time of year and kept it simple.  Here is a full gallery of a winter newborn girl photographed in her home.  Here is a family of 5 celebrating the arrival of their new sister in January.

If you are in the Philadelphia area, Bucks County and on the Main Line and expecting a baby in the winter months, here is a bit more about the booking process and why having a photographer come to you helps bring down stress levels surrounding a newborn photography session.

What to wear winter newborn photos in your home
What to wear winter newborn photos
What to wear winter newborn photos in your home
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Hello. Thank you for visiting.  I am Steph, owner of Steph Kines Photo, specializing in working with young families, expecting women and growing babies in the Philadelphia area.  I hope you found my Winter Newborn Photos | What to Wear blog feature helpful and inspiring.  If you are interested in booking a photography session and would like to talk more about how we will spend our time together, let’s connect here.  Finding your photographer can take time, so if you would like to follow along and see more behind the scenes, follow me on Instagram.

Steph is Philadelphia’s Natural Newborn Photographer, specializing in finding light and connection in your own space.  She offers maternity, family, milestone and newborn photography in a warm, natural and unexpected way.  Her clients love that her sessions are child-led which means giving space and guidance to young children to be themselves in their own environment.  This leads to more true reflection of your family at this time in your life.  All clients receive a collection of prints and the rights to fully edited digital files.  Steph can design custom, heirloom albums and assist with wall galleries to display in your home.  I invite you to learn more about the quality and feel of my offered products and art with this blog post.

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