I absolutely love doing newborn sibling sessions! The connections that you can capture between a big brother or big sister and that brand new little baby that has just joined their family are amazing. It’s true, toddlers tend to be a little less cooperative and for the most part have pretty short attention spans, so any time I’m photographing a newborn sibling session I will make sure to photograph the children first. And every once in a while, big sister or big brother is perfectly content posing for the camera by themselves but has zero interest in posing with the new little one; that’s when I tend to get a little creative.
In this particular newborn sibling session, Annabelle wasn’t too interested in the camera. I was able to capture a few sweet little kisses between her and her baby brother, but not a whole lot of them facing toward the camera. I decided to pull out my little truck prop and see if she had any interest in it. Sure enough, she immediately climbed into the back! I let her explore for about 5 minutes, she continued to climb in and out. A few times, she even glanced up at me. I snapped several photos of her playing on and in the truck and after I knew I had what I needed, she was able to leave the session with her dad while mom stayed behind. At that point, we were able to photograph baby Warren in the truck. Luckily I use photoshop for editing, and as long as I photograph the right components, I’m able to fairly easily put the two photos together later to create one image. This isn’t easy to do if you aren’t intentionally photographing for it, but in this case, I was so I made sure to get it right.
Here are a few of my favorite images from this newborn sibling session, including the composite image of Annabelle and Warren.
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