Boston family photography
I cannot believe it’s been 4 years since I photographed big sister’s newborn session! I always remember it because her photo still graces the cover of one of my websites. It was such a pleasure capturing this family again and seeing big sis welcome baby Nora. The best highlights of the session were photographing the two sisters together (they were SO sweet together) and Nora’s spring-inspired baby shots. See my favorites below!
Photography ideas: an older sibling and a newborn baby together
Recently, I blogged on tips for photographing a toddler and a newborn together. Things change a little when the sibling is a little older. Photographing a 4 year older or older can be a lot of fun. Plus, there is more of an opportunity to get a variety of looks since the eldest is more mature. Whether you are a momma with a camera or a professional photographer looking for different looks, these poses will help give you variety and some sweet & adorable sibling shots.
- Photographs 1, 2, & 3: I often start with the easiest pose: the two siblings lying on a blanket. I love this because it’s relaxing and safe (you don’t need to worry about anyone falling!). In this pose, I have the eldest sibling cuddle the newborn baby. Having the older kiddo hold the little one shows the connection between them (make sure the old child’s hands are holding/touching the newborn baby). From this starting sibling pose, I love to capture three moments: the eldest looking at the camera, “sleeping” with their baby sister/brother, and then kissing the baby. Once these photos are captured, I am super happy.. the rest are bonus shots!
- Photograph 4: For a nice twist, reposition the newborn baby so his/her body is facing the opposite direction. Have the two siblings’ touching each other. To add scale and interest, I love the older sibling’s hand reaching out and holding the baby (she’s such a little bean!).
- Photographs 5,6, & 7: This is a more advanced pose. You should gauge how mature the older sibling is and make sure everyone (including you and parents) are comfortable that the older sibling is not in endanger of dropping the baby. You can do this pose on the floor or on a couch. Basically, have the eldest sit and bend their knees. Place the baby safely on their sibling as pictured. From this pose, you can get a variety of photos as you can capture different angles of the two siblings interacting together and with your lens. 😉
- Extra tips:
- Ensure the newborn is safe from falling as safety is paramount.
- Make sure to interact with the sibling before and during their portraits. The conversation should be fun and light as you talk them through the posing and ensuring they feel safe & strong enough to hold the newborn baby.
- Wrap, wrap, wrap that newborn baby! This will ensure the little one is snug & comfy. It also promotes safety as the little one’s arms and legs aren’t flaring out (thus, looking awkward or hitting the eldest in the face).
- As always, have fun and continue on with a little extra patience. It will be worth it in the end!
Spring ideas – newborn photography
As for the rest of the session, it was filled with springtime cuteness. We used sunny, pastel colors along with flowers to capture this week’s cutie. There were too many favorites to just post one!
Boston newborn & family photographer, Isabel Sweet
I am a baby and newborn photographer in the Boston area. I am happy to provide boutique photography services to the South End, Back Bay, Fenway, Brookline, Cambridge, South Boston, Belmont, Arlington, Lexington, Needham, Beacon Hill, Newton, and beyond! All sessions take place in the comfort of your own home or favorite location. These sessions took place in Hyde Park, Ma. Interested in a newborn baby session? Contact me now!