How to Choose Colors for Your Newborn Session

Pink for girls, blue for boys…There are so many more options out there, and you know you don’t have to stick with this traditional color scheme for newborn photos. But figuring out how to choose colors for your newborn session can feel overwhelming. After all, babies are only this little once. These are your forever photos of them. You want to make sure you’re happy with the colors you choose not only today, but years down the line.

Fortunately, I’ve got some tips and tricks that can help you decide on a beautiful color palette for your newborn session…one that will work well with your home, and that you’ll still love when your baby is starting high school.

Tips for Choosing Colors for Your Newborn Photography Session


Choose Neutrals over Bold Colors

If you ask, I’ll always recommend neutrals over bold colors. The reasoning behind this is simple—neutral colors are called neutral for a reason! They go with just about everything, so even as your home décor changes your photos will still fit in. Neutral colors are also more lasting. While every color scheme goes in and out of style, neutrals (such as beige, ivory, and gray) are more likely to stand the test of time.

Choose Light Colors over Bright Colors

I also recommend choosing light, soft shades over their brighter cousins. Bright colors like red, yellow, and green can cast those same color tones onto your baby. And that makes it harder to capture those beautiful, natural skin tones! Instead, choose shades like pale pink, pale blue, or sage. These not only play beautifully with neutrals, but they’ll give a more natural, organic look to your photos.

Take Location into Account

Most newborn sessions take place in the nursery or bedroom, so think about coordinating the color scheme of your newborn photos with the décor you already have in place. If we’re doing your newborn session in the bedroom, and your bed has a sage-colored duvet, you’ll want to choose wraps and outfits for your baby that will look great against that background.

When in Doubt

When in doubt, stick to white or off-white. If you think this will make your photos look flat or boring, think again! Every baby and family photographs beautifully in white. White goes with every other color. And choosing a simple, classic shade like white can help to draw the focus away from the trappings and where it truly belongs—right on your precious new little one!

If you’re struggling with how to choose colors for your newborn session, I’m happy to help! Before your session I will have you pick your favorite colors for the soft baby fabrics we will use during your session. That way, you should have a pretty good idea of which core colors to plan around.

Other questions? Please get in touch! I can’t wait to help you capture these special first days with your newborn.


Mom and dad standing in front of curtained window holding newborn baby

Parents cuddle close together with their newborn in nursery decorated with neutral colors

Father holding his newborn daughter on bed with white and gray backdrop

Big brother lying on bed holding baby sister on his tummy and kissing her head

Sleeping baby lying on a faux fur blanket, cuddled over onto her side during newborn photo session

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Hello, I’m so happy you’re here! Thank you for considering me to capture your portraits. I’m an award-winning newborn and family photographer based in Colorado Springs. If you are welcoming a new baby, or simply want to document your growing family year after year, I would be honored to work with you!