Simplicity in Styling: Setting the Stage for Better Newborn Portraits


Styling sets the stage for your photo shoot

There must be something in the water in Austin, because every baby we meet lately has got a very full head of hair. And who can resist a newborn child with a full head of hair? But the incredible ‘do on this particular baby girl is not the only reason this collection makes our hearts sing. We just love the simple perfection of the styling.

Simplicity is our guiding principle in every newborn session

Simple is beautiful. Simple is sophisticated. And we believe that this is true particularly when we’re photographing newborn babies and their new parents. Let’s talk about all the styling choices in this session, and why we think it works so beautifully.

The wardrobe options are all very basic, uncomplicated pieces, either in solids or with subtle patterns in muted colors. With a newborn, the colors introduced by the parents’ choice of wardrobe really dictates the decisions we make throughout the photo shoot. Being intentional with a limited color palette and keeping it consistent throughout the shoot — white, light blue, shades of pink, and tan, in this case — is really important if our goal is to create a cohesive set of images.

Our use of props is minimal, but where we did incorporate a wrap or blanket, we extended the same limited color palette with white and blush materials, and tried to be intentional with the selection of head pieces, keeping them coordinated but modest and understated. The solid white backdrop is a staple in our newborn parent portraits, because we love the simplicity of a clean, modern look.

This shoot is a perfect example of simplicity in styling and a great inspiration for families planning their newborn portraits. We like to encourage clients to approach their own shoot through the lens of simplicity, and we think the results will be gorgeous every time. 

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Jennifer Najvar Photography specializes in Sunset Maternity photography in the Austin hill country and natural newborn portraits in the studio. Newborn sessions take place within the first 14 days after your baby’s arrival. If you’re interested in reserving your newborn or hill country sunset maternity session in Austin, Texas, contact us to start planning. We would love to hear from you.


I'm Jennifer, owner and photographer, and I would love to help you plan a sunset maternity session in the Austin hill country, or beautiful, natural newborn portraits in our studio — or both. Working with mamas and babies is our specialty, so I hope you'll take a look at our recent work and all we have to offer, and we hope to hear from you very soon.


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