I like to work in a pattern here and there, but am careful that the pattern isn’t extreme and distracting. I cannot recommend the Elsa top from Lily Pulitzer enough for new moms. Well, that’s not true, I highly recommend it for anyone. But for new moms, this top is especially flattering. This top would kill in newborn pics. I own a few patterns and wore them to work at my old 9-5 tucked into a pencil skirt, when I was pregnant, immediately after delivery and now that my body is working itself out, I still rock them.
As a follow up to the genius “you can’t pose a baby” advice, I’m a big fan of just following the lead of the photographer and letting them capture the not so glam moments. The shot below is actually an action shot of me rocking Gray while he’s fussing his face off, and it’s one of my faves.
In our family photos, I layered up in my utility coat (my exact coat is a few years old from C. Wonder and no longer available) and we popped a pair of mocs on the babe.
I get asked about these little shoes often and this particular pair is actually a hand me down set from Baby Gap and, sadly, no longer available.
But, I just love how teeny they are.
I am so grateful that those teensy baby feet were captured on film.
aaaaaand I’m itching to blow this shot up for Gray’s baby Mainer nursery…..like, poster size.
As a family of three, we (ha, saying “we” is funny. Clearly, I’m the only one who cared what we were wearing) focused on layers. My husband was kind enough to bring back the pattern with his button down since I covered my pattern with a jacket.
A word on props:
Personally, I’m not super into them but I do always bring a blanket or large scarf with me.
You never know when you may want to use it as a ground cover to flop down on, wrap around a snuggling couple or swaddle a fussy baby. This particular “blanket” is actually a large piece of fabric that I use as a scarf. I love how the pattern adds another dimension and lends to the rustic fall vibe.
Ok, there it is, my non professional strategy on creating a look for your family photos.
Thank you to our amazing photographer Danielle Brady.
We are so lucky that she as captured so many important moments in Gray’s life.
And I promise, that’s it, no more family photos.