7 Tips To Dress Your Kids


Trying to decide what your kids should wear at your photo session? I got you, friend! Not only is the family featured in this post killing it, but I’ve got some go-to tips to help you do the same for your photos.

7 Tips To Dress Your Kids

What To Wear For Children At Your Photo Session

The Woodlands Family Photographer

“I’ll love you with every little bit of everything that has ever consumed me and I will forever love you and forever find you in every life time and so on. Until the stars die out and the universe leaps but even then, my love will remain.” Robert M. Drake

This family came to me raw and ready to share their connections. I can still feel their bonds long after the session and continue to root for them as they look ahead toward what is next for them.
The emotions shared in this session are what make it so compelling to look at, but mama did an incredible job dressing everyone too. It only enhances the photos and pulls everything together in a way that makes this family shine.

Check out these tips on how to dress your kids:

  • Timeless always has a place. I love when my clients show up to a shoot with simple and timeless outfits. A maxi dress that flows or simple neutral colors with a classic touch like a bow tie/suspenders combo. These outfits will always stand the test of time, and will never go out of style.

  • Shoes are a very important part of wardrobe. Stay away from character shoes, flip flops, crocs and athletic shoes. My recommendation for shoes are boots, leather sandals, Converse All-Stars, Toms, Sperrys, Joyfolie, and Mary Janes. And barefoot is an adorable option, always.

  • Dress your kiddos in clothes that fit perfectly, not with room to grow. Even if your child may only wear the outfit for a short period of time, an outfit that fits properly will look much better than something that is too big.

  • Layers are just as important for child wardrobe as it is for yours. Hats, glasses, vests, bow ties, cardigans, tights or leggings under a skirt. It adds texture and personality to your photos.

  • Remember, coordinating your childrens’ outfits is key. Not matching.

  • Hair piece tips. For babies, toddlers and older girls, I always recommend keeping hair accessories simple. When they are too big it distracts from their faces. Avoid super large bows- but flower hair wreaths are always a yes.

  • The most important part of putting together your child’s wardrobe is allowing their personality to come through. If your daughter has a favorite pair of boots— let her wear them (at least in a few pictures). If your child loves to wear hats and sunglasses, bring them! Whatever makes your child their own adorable, individual self, let’s focus on those things.

My final take way is to make sure you lay out all the pieces together and make sure it looks cohesive and comes together well. I love being able to check out what my clients plan to wear before their session, and I know most photographers feel the same way. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to send over what you have.

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About the Artist

Ashley Newman Photography is a Woodlands Family Photographer and Storyteller specializing in outdoor family photography. In addition to lifestyle family portraits, Ashley and her award-winning team offer day-in-the-life legacy sessions, outdoor maternity sessions, fresh 48 hospital portraits and in-home newborn photography. Ashley Newman Photography serves Montgomery county, North-Houston areas: The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Houston and Magnolia.

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