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What to wear for Mom & Me Photoshoot?

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

Mom and Me photoshoot in San Jose

You booked yourself your very own Mom and Me photoshoot! You are so excited! I am so excited for you. This is such a special opportunity to capture the beautiful bond you share with your littles. Moms are mostly behind cameras and we miss out on these mom and me only memories. But not this time!

Mom and Me, Bay Area Family Photographer, Beautiful Stories Photography
Mom and Me

So now that you are going to spend a gorgeous afternoon with your little one and create memories that will last a lifetime, let's talk about your outfits for the Mom and Me Photoshoot!

Mom and Me is a styled photoshoot under a blush pink Canopy decorated with pink and red spring flowers in a beautiful yellow afternoon light. To make sure your outfit works with the given backdrop and light, follow the tips below:

Color palette

Color can make or break an image, hence this is where we will start. As I mentioned earlier, the Mom and Me photoshoot will take place in afternoon under a blush pink canopy, decorated with red and pink spring flowers.

So here’s what we know, there will be a bunch of reds and pinks, coupled with yellow afternoon light and some greens from the grass around us. So in one simple line, the color palette that you should be looking at is pastels or whites and off whites.

Think in terms of light pinks, yellows, sky blues, muted teals, whites and off whites.

If pastels are not your thing and you absolutely need a pop of color, Red and Teal is for you!

Pick 1-3 colors and design everyone’s outfits within those colors.

Here are some sample colors that would work well.

What to wear, Bay Area Family Photographer, Beautiful Stories Photography

What to wear, Bay Area Family Photographer, Beautiful Stories Photography

What to wear, Bay Area Family Photographer, Beautiful Stories Photography

What to wear, Bay Area Family Photographer, Beautiful Stories Photography


Usually I am not the one to fuss about fabric much, however there are certain fabrics that photograph better than others.

  • Flowy dresses look gorgeous, especially when there is movement involved.

  • Lace, flowy cotton, linen and even wool add beautiful textures to the photograph.

  • “The third piece” in your outfit adds more depth. It can be a sweater, a scarf or a hat.

  • While you are working on your outfit, don’t forget the shoes! Although the Mom and Me session is more intimate, you can be barefoot too!

Skip the logos

This is a big one and hence deserves a place of its own!

Nothing distracts away from a photograph than a big logo or text on an outfit.

Now I know little kid’s clothing can have a lot of texts or graphics on it but find the ones without one. My goto stores are Zara, Gap, H&M, Target, Anthropologie or JoyFolie . You can always find timeless clothing in these stores.

Use your style

This is the most important one! Let your style govern what you choose to wear for the photoshoot.

  • Do not let Pintrest guide your decision. Choose what you and your kiddies love to wear and go from there.

  • My work is based on playful behavior and movement so, know there might be running and jumping and twirling involved.

  • Especially for kids, choose comfort over style. Happy kids in simple clothes are so much cuter than grumpy kids in stylish clothes.

  • Another important thing to consider is everyones hair. There will be wind and air and your hair won’t stay put. So let your hair down and let them move!

Mom and Me, Bay Area Family Photographer, Beautiful Stories Photography
Mom and Me

That's it! You are all set for your Mom and Me Photoshoot. Come for an afternoon full of love and so much fun!


Hi! I am Heena.
Your very own Family Photographer!

I am a mom and to two little munchkins and just like you I am a memory keeper of mprecious little family.


This is why I created this Memory Keeper's Handbook. My hope is with this Memory Keeper's Handbook you will be able to preserve the beautiful and fleeting moments of everyday life.

I believe the most important legacy that we give our children is happy memories.



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