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Tips Sibling Photos During Newborn Sessions

Becoming an older sibling isn’t an easy adjustment. This is why I am super go-with-the-flow with big siblings during newborn sessions. I encourage them to take sibling photos with their baby, but give lots of breaks. We really only need at least a few seconds of cooperation here and there to snap away and get the photos.


Set expectations for sibling photos

A few days before the photo sessions, start talking to your children about the session. Let them know that we will take photos of the whole family and sibling photos of them with their new baby, but they can take breaks if they need to. Try to make it sound like a fun experience. Let them know how excited you are to have photos of them being a great big sister or brother.  

black and white family photo of mom holding baby and dad holding 4 year old daughter during outdoor newborn photo session with Sara Sniderman Photography at Barber Reservation, Sherborn Massachusetts.
girl looks at flower in field during outdoor newborn photo session with Sara Sniderman Photography at Barber Reservation, Sherborn Massachusetts.


Reinforcement

I am a big believer in setting expectations and giving positive reinforcement for meeting those expectations. Let your children know that if they take sibling photos with their baby, they can ____. This is where you fill in what they are earning. This could be a special treat, a toy, a show, time alone with mom/dad, etc. You know your children best and know what will motivate them.  You can start doing this in small amounts days before the session. Give lots of praise or a small treat for letting you take a photo of them with the baby.

sibling photo of big sister holds newborn brother sitting on a blanket in a field during outdoor newborn photo session with Sara Sniderman Photography at Barber Reservation, Sherborn Massachusetts.
Mom kisses newborn and baby sleeps on blanket during outdoor newborn photo session with Sara Sniderman Photography at Barber Reservation, Sherborn Massachusetts.


Be flexible

The day of the session, I will do my best to get a sibling photo, but sometimes we need to be a little creative and flexible about how we do this. We may not get a photo of your older children holding the baby. I always want to make sure babies are safe, so I am not going to force a sibling to hold a baby. We can do things like have them lay down on their back with the baby or sit behind the baby. Sometimes just getting close to the baby is all we can get. It can be frustrating when you really want a specific photo and an older sibling isn’t cooperating, but being flexible and staying relaxed gives you the best chance of getting those photos. I really just need a few seconds of the siblings together to get the photo. I often find that if we move on to something else and give older siblings a little time without the focus on them, they will come back and be ready to get in more photos.

Family stands on rock together during outdoor newborn photo session with Sara Sniderman Photography at Barber Reservation, Sherborn Massachusetts.
baby sleeps on blanket during outdoor newborn photo session with Sara Sniderman Photography at Barber Reservation, Sherborn Massachusetts.
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sibling photo of big sister holds newborn brother sitting on a blanket in a field during out door newborn photo session with Sara Sniderman Photography at Barber Reservation, Sherborn Massachusetts.

June 10, 2021

  1. Jackie says:

    Beautiful pictures!

  2. Brooke says:

    These are great tips and beautiful photos!

  3. Kim Forbes says:

    These are great tips to help older siblings prepare for a newborn session with the new baby! And these are such precious photos! Great job Sara!

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