Beautiful Orla came to see us at the studio this month with her gorgeous family.
Family photos are such a beautiful way to document milestones and a new baby is a big one! However, with all the attention on the baby it can be challenging for some older siblings. Oftentimes it is chaotic when a new baby comes home – new routine, responsibilities and dynamic for all family members. Remember that a photo shoot is a new experience, too, and it’s a good idea to prepare yourselves just like you had to prepare before the newest bundle entered your family’s life. To make your newborn family session run smoothly, I’ve compiled some tips, strategies and advice for how to prepare older siblings for a newborn session.
I like to talk to the siblings before I even get to hug their new baby, that way they feel like the session is about them too and not just their new family addition. I like to chat and talk to them about how the session is going to work and try to find our common ground whether it be who their favourite character is on Cbeebies or what is their favourite nursery rhyme. I will then usually ask them if they’d like to introduce me to their new baby brother or sister. Sometimes they will and sometimes they won’t and that’s okay, children are so unpredictable and if you are a parent it's not news to you.
I always like to capture images with siblings first because then it’s about the older child right away and their patience hasn’t been worn too thin. It’s also important to make them feel involved. I will ask their opinion and advice throughout the shoot such as “Which colour do you think will look best?” or “What do you think the baby is crying about?” I've been photographing babies and toddlers for almost 7 years now and it is invaluable for cooperation if children feel like they are involved and that their opinion matters.