Brookline MA newborn photography
If you have been keeping up with my Tuesday cuties, you may remember Miss Mathilda’s adorable photos (see her post here). I’m so happy to now introduce Mathilda’s baby sister, Freya, as this week’s cutie! During the in-home family and newborn photo shoot, I was excited to capture sibling shots of the girls together. It’s funny.. while I was taking Freya’s photos, I had little flashbacks of Mathilda’s photo session. They have very similar features, even down to their gorgeous little blond eyelashes. Below are some favorites from their session along with tips on how to photograph siblings.
Tips for photographing a toddler and a newborn together
As a Boston baby photographer, I know this is one of the hardest shots to capture (I was so happy to get a few of these cuties!). One is often having to deal with a very active toddler while keeping the newborn safe and comfy. Whether you’re a baby photographer or a mommy trying to get the perfect photos of your babies, these tips will you get amazing sibling shots!
- Preplan: try to plan the sibling photos around the toddler’s happiest time of the day. Communicate with moms and try to pick a time when the toddler is rested, fed, and in their best mood. I find this tends to be in the late morning with plenty of time before the toddler’s afternoon nap time. Also, ask parents to have a small treat ready in case you need to bribe the toddler.
- Expectations: set expectations with parents and put them at ease. They may be stressed by hoping their babies are all on their best behavior. But the reality is that we just need one amazing shot of the siblings.. so at times all we need is a few seconds, which is all the toddler will allow. 😉
- Be playful: before you start the session, connect with the sibling while trying to remain fun and playful. Playing peek-a-boo and chatting about their favorite toys will help break the ice and make them feel comfortable.
- They’re first: I photograph sibling shots first. This way, the toddlers are still curious, playful, and more willing to be in the photos. Waiting until the end of the session may likely result in a tired and cranky little one… which is much more difficult to photograph.
- Safety is paramount: keeping the newborn safe is always my goal. For sibling shots, don’t be afraid to as the parents to help you. I find that laying a blanket on the floor or using a bed are the best options for keeping both siblings safe and the newborn from slipping off the toddler’s arms.
- Do you have any helpful tips for sibling shots? Add them below and I’ll share them in a future post!
Beautiful sibling shots.
Sweet Freya in a basket.
I love incorparating items that are personal and special to the family.
Backlit photos always add to an angelic look.
I love baby girls in blue!
Wow… those eyes!
Sweet baby features photographed with the Canon 50mm macro.
Classic newborn shot.
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