Newborn sessions involving older siblings are among the most rewarding I have ever done (and, yes, some are among the more challenging ones as well, but that’s for another blog post). There is nothing better than creating memories of a newborn with his or her brothers and sisters, these are the shots most cherished by parents and, down the road (once the kids are a little older) by the kids themselves!
I usually start newborn sessions with sibling and family shots, and then one of the parents or a family member or a friend can take older brother and sister out and about or back home, and we can focus the rest of the session on Baby. With young toddler siblings I love doing “fur rug” shots – they are the safest way to create beautiful portraits of newborn with brother and sister up close. When siblings are a little older and can be trusted to hold Baby (under very close supervision of course, and oftentimes there is a parent hovering inches away or even supporting Baby – yay to photoshop magic!), I try to include sitting poses as well. Sibling shots are best done with newborn is swaddled in a cozy wrap/blanket and asleep – this way he is not a distraction for his older siblings and there is also no danger of them getting soiled if there are any (ahem) accidents.
Without further ado, here are some beautiful baby and sibling shots from one of my “pandemic time” sessions…
And of course, if you love my work (check out more of my newborn photography in the galleries on my website) and would like to schedule a newborn session for your baby (I book 6 months in advance of the due date!), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 202-251-6368. I do all sessions in my Reston / Herndon photography studio (Fairfax County, Northern Virginia, DC area), which is uniquely set up for newborn and baby portraits, and where I have all blankets, props, accessories and gear (and an almost-excessive ton of covid-related precautions in place).