Including Siblings in Newborn Photography | Oakland, CA

Feb 15, 2023

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Including Siblings in your Newborn Photography Session

For parents, a newborn photography session is the perfect way to capture those first precious days and weeks with your little one. But what if there are other children in the family too? Many parents worry about how siblings can be included in this special time without taking away from the focus of the newborn. Fortunately, lifestyle newborn photography has become increasingly popular over recent years and provides an ideal solution for families who want to include siblings in their photo sessions.

As a lifestyle newborn photographer based in Bay Area, I understand how important it is for families to commemorate these fleeting moments with their newest family member. That’s why I strive to create photos that capture not just the adorable new addition but also each family member’s unique personality and bond with the new baby. Read on for my top tips on how to make sure your whole family feels involved and celebrated during lifestyle newborn photography sessions!


1) Prepare Siblings Ahead Of Time

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Lifestyle newborn photography usually takes longer than traditional posed sessions as there are more people involved – so it’s important to prepare older siblings ahead of time.

Discussing expectations beforehand will help them feel less overwhelmed when they arrive at your session and ensure that everyone knows exactly what will happen throughout the day. And speaking of expectations, keep them low. Sessions are designed to be fun and relaxed. Embrace the chaos that comes with having little ones. I promise those are the moments that you are going to want to remember.

And, since siblings won’t necessarily be in every photo, having toys or activities on hand will keep them entertained during the session.

2) Allow Time For Siblings To Bond With The Baby

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While lifestyle newborn photography focuses mainly on capturing your whole family together, it’s also important to give siblings some time to bond with the baby separately. Taking a few minutes to show off the new addition to each older sibling individually can create beautiful, intimate moments that will be cherished forever.

3) Capture Natural Interactions

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When taking lifestyle newborn photos, try to focus on capturing natural interactions and emotions between each family member instead of forcing posed shots. Encourage your children to interact with their baby brother or sister as much as possible and take a step back to allow playful moments to unfold in front of the camera.

These are just some of the tips I use when capturing lifestyle newborn photos with multiple children. By following these guidelines, you can rest assured that your whole family will be included in this precious moment and have beautiful images to look back on in the years to come.

If you’re interested in booking lifestyle newborn photography for your family, get in touch with me today! I look forward to helping you create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

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Leigh Ann – Your Oakland, CA, Family and Newborn Photographer, serving perfectly imperfect families. And remember, I serve families throughout the Bay Area.

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  1. Claire Mayo

    Such helpful information! I really like your first tip on preparing the sibling before the session!

  2. Becky

    Beautiful images! And I love natural interactions being captured. Thanks for the post!


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