6 Tips to Help Siblings Enjoy a Newborn Photo Session
If you’re like most parents, you want to get newborn photos of your little one as soon as possible with a newborn photo session. This is a wonderful way to capture those early moments in your child’s life.
But what about the siblings?
They may not be so excited about having their photo taken, and they often get left out of the photo session fun. Here are 6 tips to help make the experience more enjoyable for siblings during a newborn photo session.
Plan ahead and involve them in the process.
When you’re planning your newborn photo session, include your older children in the discussion. Ask them what they think about having their photos taken with the new baby. If they seem hesitant, explain what the experience will be like and how much fun it will be. You can even let them choose their outfit for the session.
You can even practice ahead of time by asking them to show you how they’ll smile and how they’ll hold their new sibling for the photos. Make it something to look forward to! Little ones love to show how big they are!
Make it a fun experience.
Newborn photo sessions can be long and boring for older siblings. But you can make it more enjoyable by giving them a small thing to be responsible for. You can also let them help with the baby during the session breaks. This will give them a sense of importance and make the experience more fun.
If your child is resistant to sitting still for photos, turn it into a game or activity. They can help position the baby or props during the shoot. And if they get bored, there are always plenty of candid moments you can capture while they’re not paying attention. Remember that this experience should be fun for everyone involved. If your child seems to be having a hard time, take a break and let them run around for a few minutes. It’s important that they enjoy themselves so you can get natural, relaxed photos of them with their new sibling.
As another option, have the one parent take the siblings to a nearby park or for a treat after their part of the session has been completed.
Bring along snacks and distractions.
If your child is prone to getting fidgety, bring along some snacks and small toys to keep them occupied. This will help them stay focused and engaged during the session. This is also helpful when we need to get them to look at the camera – a good motivator is always a plus when working with the littles!
Capture their personality.
One of the best things about having newborn photos with siblings is that you can capture their personality. So, don’t be afraid to let them be themselves. If they want to play around or make funny faces, go with it! It often works out in our favor to let these silly faces happen, because they’re almost always followed by that perfect smile we’re looking for. The other upside? You get great shots showing who they really are AND the smiling photos. These moments will be cherished by you and your family for years to come.
Include them in the final product.
After the photo session, make sure to include your older children in the final product selection. They’ll love seeing themselves in the photos with their new baby brother or sister. You can even create a special album or framed art piece just for them.
It’s important to remember that this is a new experience for your child, so there may be some bumps along the way. But if you’re patient and understanding, you’ll end up with beautiful photos that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. And your child will have fond memories of this special time in their life.
Older siblings may not be used to sitting still for long periods of time. So, it’s important to be patient with them during the photo session. If they start to get restless, take a break and let them run around for a few minutes. Then, you can try again when they’re feeling better.
These are all great tips to help make the experience more enjoyable not only for the siblings but also for the parents too. Having patience is key when dealing with small children! But following these few simple steps can make a world of difference and result in some amazing memories and keepsakes. Thanks for reading! We hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions or would like to book a session with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Follow these tips to help ensure that your newborn photo session is fun and memorable for everyone involved! And, you’ll end up with some beautiful images of your entire family to cherish for years to come.
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