Newborn Poses with Siblings

Pinterest newborn with siblings

Your success in nailing newborn poses with siblings will depend on how easily you can adapt! The toddler crowd is unpredictable, and I always warn clients that we will do our best, but nothing is guaranteed!

So for the 2019 Newborn Retreat, we asked Erin Elizabeth Photography to teach specifically on strategies for working with uncooperative siblings. And also how to style your clients, and how to shoot sibling and family photos as quickly as possible (because we all know toddlers are only interested for approximately 34 seconds before they are OUT!) so that you can capture family images that your clients will treasure for a lifetime. 

In addition to this presentation, there are 25 more amazing teachings on posing, wrapping, maternity, business, editing, marketing and much more in the 2019 Newborn Retreat!

Newborn Poses with Siblings on Flokati

These overhead shots are always loved by parents, but not necessarily always practical with very young siblings. Not many toddlers will be cooperative enough to not only lie down in one spot, but also lie still and carefully cradle their little sibling. Always consider the safety of the baby above any cute shot.

For older siblings, I always add a few rolled up wraps or blankets under the flokati for them to rest their head on. It makes it more comfortable, but also raises their heads just enough for a great angle when you are standing over them. Which brings me again to safety … ALWAYS wear a neck strap with your camera for these overhead shots!

It’s usually easiest to have baby wrapped tightly for these shots, as it allows for easy posing next to their brother or sister, and baby will be more likely to stay asleep through all the moving around (and loud sibling giggles!)

newborn poses with siblings

Top:Megan Macdonald Photography
Bottom left: Glow Portraits
Bottom right: Milk & Honey Photography

Newborn Poses with Younger Siblings

If the ages or temperament of siblings don’t allow for the classic overhead “lying on flokati” shot, a better approach is to pose baby in a prop or even on the beanbag, and then simply asking the sibling to come over and interact with their little brother or sister. Asking them to give baby a kiss, or to smell their head, and being ready to take the shot in that one second, will result in sweet images that parents will love.

For in-home sessions, I find that little siblings are more comfortable and inclined to want to show off their big brother/sister skills. Most will be happy to be given the honour of holding the baby, allowing you to put the sibling in an armchair or on the bed with pillows propped around them (to keep them contained, lol!), with the newborn carefully placed on their lap. Again, baby safety is paramount, so make sure to have a parent right there with their hand on baby all the time, only taking it away for a second while you take the shot.

Top row: Danielle Hobbs Photography, Eden Bao Photography
Bottom row: Milk & Honey Photography

Newborn Poses with Multiple Siblings

When you have more than one sibling to pose with baby, use the power of the oldest sibling to your advantage. Little ones will usually be just too happy to follow and imitate their older brother or sister, so try posing the older one first.

newborn poses with multiple sublings

Left column: Danielle Hobbs Photography, Megan Macdonald Photography
Right column: Milk & Honey Photography


If you would like more inspiration for your newborn poses with siblings and family members, don’t miss the  2019 Newborn Retreat! It’s just like an in-person conference, but without the cost and travel!

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