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Can I bring my older children to a newborn photography shoot?
 

Do you have older siblings that you would like to be photographed with your newborn? Then fret not, the answers are here!

 

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There is nothing sweeter than a photograph of your gorgeous new baby with their older siblings and big brothers and sisters are more than welcome at the Secret Smile Photography studio.

 

If 'big brother' or 'big sister' is at school and not available on the day of your newborn photography session then don't worry, you will be offered a short 20 minute top-up session on a Saturday, usually within 2-3 weeks of your newborn session to get the sibling images to add to your gallery of images. This applies to your partner too - if your partner is unable to attend on the day then the same applies so we can get a few family images to add to your gallery.

 

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You might have younger siblings, brother or sisters under the age of 4 are welcome to come to the studio for the duration of the newborn photography session as long as there are two adults attending. So if your partner is unable to come along for the photography session then bring along Auntie, Grandma, a friend to help keep the older ones entertained and to helping with 'spotting' for baby during the session (for information on 'spotting' please see this post about baby safety during posing).

There are some toys and colouring available at the studio for siblings as 3 hours is a long time for siblings and they can get easily bored. You can bring along snacks, lunch and your own toys and electronic entertainment for them too.

 

There are several 'go to' poses that I use for siblings, especially if the older child is under 3. Make sure you let me know that you would like some photographs with older siblings at the time of booking so I can use some composite techniques for these images where necessary. The best example of this is where baby is in a bucket or basket with their head on their hands sleeping peacefully. To make the shot as stress-free as possible for parents I will photograph baby in the prop with one of the parents as spotter, then later on when baby is feeding or we are changing setup I can photograph big brother or sister sat next to the same prop.

 

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These images are then merged in Photoshop so it appears as though both children are in the image together. This is often the safest way of achieving these images with very young siblings.

 

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So the resulting image is believable AND SAFE. That's not to say that Morgan, Ben and Sam couldn't have managed this shot with plenty of patience and instruction but it was easier to get Ben nice and settled (with Mum spotting, moving her hand up away from the shot for a second to take the image before putting her hand back down on Ben to keep him safe and settled) before asking big sister Morgan and big brother Sam to pose separately. As you can see above, Sam loved putting his toy bus in the basket which, of course, would not have been safe had Ben still been in place in the prop. It is sometimes easier to get young children to look at a favourite toy in the prop than to ask them to look at their brand new baby brother or sister.

 

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If older siblings are attending one of the short top-up sessions then your new baby may not be asleep for these images as the session is so short. The best pose in this case is to wrap baby and get them settled comfortably on the large newborn posing beanbag I use at the studio and then ask the older siblings to snuggle in from the back of the beanbag. This is lovely because it really focuses on the relationship between baby and their big brother or sister(s).

 

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This works well for any age siblings and any number of siblings too!

 

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If you have an older child from 3 upwards then it is usually possible to also pose them with their newborn sibling on a comfy fluffy blanket asking them to 'snuggle' their new baby brother or sister in to them.

 

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So, as you can see from the images above - siblings are always welcome at Secret Smile HQ and I love including them in their baby brother or sister's newborn photography session. Such a special bond that should be celebrated.

 

If you would like to book your newborn photography session please email lisa@secretsmilephotography.com or use the 'Contact Lisa' form on the website to send me an enquiry form and don't forget to let me know who big sister or big brother are, along with their ages so I can plan your session to include them too!
Love, Lisa x

 

 

 

 

 

 

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