What to wear for your motherhood photography session

Mother holding her young baby boy in a white studio in Whitby Ontario

If you’re reading this you’re a mother. You know all too well how quickly time passes (even those long, sleepless nights become a thing of the past, I promise). You want to slow time down, if only for a moment, and capture some lasting memories with your babies. With Mother’s Day just around the corner Motherhood sessions are available from many talented photographers. Once you find someone who’s style matches your own, the key question always comes down to what to wear for your motherhood session? Read on for some quick tips that will make planning your session easy and leave you feeling gorgeous!

1. Choose your colour palette

I know how daunting it can be to dress lots of little people, as well as yourself. The first step is decide what colours you are drawn to. Take a quick scroll through Instagram or Pinterest, and note what captures your eye. If you’ve already booked a photographer take a look at what colours they often show in their portfolio – photographers all have their own unique editing style and some colours look better with how they edit. Neutrals generally photograph well (think creams, olive greens, or beige). Think about your own skin tone as well and what looks good on you.

2. What to wear? Choose your own outfit first

When you are starting to narrow down what to wear for your motherhood session start planning your own outfit first. Now that you have your colour palette decided, plan your outfit. Choose something you feel gorgeous in. Maxi dresses that have lots of movement are wonderful. Motherhood sessions are all about showing off that connection you have with your babies, so showing some skin can help show that connection. Think about off-the shoulder dresses or bare-feet. Stores that are great for dresses for mama include Zara, H&M, and Old Navy. There are also some companies that rent beautiful gowns if you want to go that extra mile and get really timeless images – Sugarbump Gown Rentals is local to Durham and has both maternity and non-maternity options. Finally, some photographers have their own client closets available at no cost to you – feel free to check out the options I have here.

3. Now style your babies

Seriously this is the fun part! Children are so much easier to style. For babies think styles that show off their skin (even just simple onsies can be beautiful). For older kiddos twirly skirts or dresses add movement, or even just khakis and plain t-shirts. The key is to avoid bright, neon colours and logos. Don’t be afraid to add some patterns and knits into the mix – these add visual interest. One thing to note is to make sure the clothes fit (do a trial run a few days before) and that there are no “itchy bits” – a happy kid makes for good photos!

4. Now go love on your kiddos

Now that the hard work is done, show up and just snuggle your babies! These are photographs you will treasure for a lifetime. It’s seriously amazing how quickly our kids grow and change, so making sure we capture these memories often is so important. Motherhood sessions have my heart, so if you’re even thinking you might like to schedule one, reach out and let’s talk about all the options.

Mother holding her baby in front of a window in a white studio during a motherhood photography session in Whtiby, ontario


This is your story. Let me help you tell it. I’m Kristin, and I’m so happy you’re here. I’m a Durham region photographer specializing in motherhood, maternity, and newborn photography. Let’s chase sunsets together and create some amazing memories. You’re a dreamer and a romantic. You want someone to fully see you and your family and to capture the beauty in the big moments and the small details. Your favourite photographs are the ones that capture a feeling, not the perfectly posed photos. You crave something a little bit different from the everyday – something bolder, more artistic, and even a little cinematic. I see you. Motherhood isn’t always perfect moments. Motherhood is messy. Motherhood is hard. Motherhood is freaking unbelievable. It’s perfectly imperfect. Let’s capture the beautiful chaos of motherhood.