If there’s anything we find more adorable and rewarding to shoot than newborn photography, it’s sibling photography. With a wide range of ages, and the complexities of newborn’s and toddlers’ needs, sibling photography can certainly be a bit of a challenge. But when then payoff is this good, it’s definitely worth it. Here is our guide to an amazing experience for your sibling photo shoot.

Choose a child-friendly photographer

It seems an obvious point, but we’ll say it anyway. When choosing your photographer, it’s not just about perusing their website and liking their style – make sure they are comfortable and experienced when it comes to children, especially if you’re talking four or five little ones running around. Adding children into the mix makes the job a lot more interesting!

children photography a guide for sibling photography 02Photo credit: Sea Flowers Photography

Meet and greet

Now that you know you have the right photographer, set up a meeting with your mini-models in tow. It’s important you have a session together so the photographer can understand the dynamic of the people being photographed. Do all the children get along? Do they get tired easily? Are they shy? How can you make them laugh? Not only that, but your children will feel more comfortable being photographed by someone they have already met.

Know your style

Do you have a theme and outfits ready? Are you looking for pose after pose, or mostly natural, candid shots? Discuss this with your photographer in your meet and greet so they can get an idea of what you’re looking for and how they can work with the kids. If you have young children posing with a newborn, what are you comfortable with? If the sibling is too young to hold the newborn, then speak up. There are plenty of ways around this.

children photography a guide for sibling photography 01Photo credit: Emily Lucarz Photography

Prepare your toddlers

Treat your photo shoot like a fun activity to look forward to. Explain to your children what they will be doing and how much fun it will be. When it comes to the day, they will be ready to show off and play up to the camera. This is also a great chance for family bonding, and a fun day for everyone.

Tick all the boxes

Just like school, outings, or a trip to the park, make sure everyone is well-equipped and ready for a big day. This includes being well-fed and rested. If you want your newborn to be sleeping in the shots, then feed them just before the shoot and keep them active and awake. Be encouraging to your toddlers to give them confidence in front of the camera. It’s also a good idea to get them in their outfits after they have eaten!

children photography a guide for sibling photography 03Photo credit: Ria Lee Photography

Treats

So…you might need a little bribery on set. Just like adults, children have mood swings too, and if they are getting tired and you need one more shot, the promise of candy or a trip to the movies might just get you it.

Start with poses…

It’s a good idea to get your planned poses in early, while everyone is focused and in a good mood. At your meet and greet, you should discuss with your photographer what poses you would like to include, and outfits if wanted. The photographer will begin with a few warm-up shots then work in the poses. Put your trust in them, they know what they’re doing!

…then just let it happen

Children are children, and it’s pretty much their full-time job to be adorable. Getting and staying in poses can be tiring for them, so let them take a break and play. Just being natural, they will produce some of the best shots of the day that need no planning at all.

children photography a guide for sibling photography 04Photo credit: Tiaa Norsym Photography

Ideas for snaps

Lastly, here are some of our favorite shots for you to take inspiration from. Enjoy!

children photography a guide for sibling photography 08Photo credit: Kensie M Photography

children photography a guide for sibling photography 05Photo credit: Baby & Belly Photography

children photography a guide for sibling photography 06Photo credit: Derksen Photography

children photography a guide for sibling photography 07Photo credit: Susie Fisher Photography

children photography a guide for sibling photography 09Photo credit: Fresh From God Photography

children photography a guide for sibling photography 11Photo credit: Cathy Murai Photography