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Tips for photographing newborn and siblings

In a newborn photo session, the sibling image is the most sort after and requested image by parents. Parents are very excited to capture this image to display on their wall. But – not everything goes easy and as planned at the photo session. Typically 1-2 yr old siblings want nothing to do with having a photo and it’s a ‘take what you can get’ in some cases (and a few head swaps!). The 3-4 yr old sibling is usually easily persuaded and cooperates for a few minutes to get those sibling images.

By following some of my tips below, the photo session can run smoothly and that sort after sibling image can be photographed!

TIP NO# 1. PHOTOGRAPH YOUR NEWBORN AND SIBLING FIRST

Usually when siblings first arrive they’re happiest and more willing to cooperate. For this reason I photograph your newborn baby and sibling first, then family photo’s after. Once that portion is done, the sibling is not needed for anymore photos. I recommend dad or another family member takes the sibling home or to the park after their photos are finished. Then we can concentrate on getting your baby’s newborn photos.

TIP NO# 2. I BUILD A RAPPORT WITH THE OLDER SIBLING.

When you first arrive, I like to get down to your child’s eye level and talk to them and find out their favourite things. This helps your child feel a little relaxed and less scared of this stranger talking to them. This allows me to gauge what type of personality they have – if they are more shy or outgoing. I can then decide on the best approach in getting that sibling photo.

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TIP NO# 3. PATIENCE IS KEY

Being a newborn photographer, I have a lot of patience. Some children can not be rushed when it comes to having a sibling photo taken. Some take a little extra time warming up and feeling comfortable and that’s okay, the end goal is a beautiful photograph of your newborn and their sibling together. Lots of gentle encouraging and staying calm usually results in a beautiful photo.

TIP NO# 4. SAFE AND SECURE POSING

During your baby photography session, I always have the safety of your newborn in my mind. Young siblings can be unpredictable at times, for this reason, the poses I do are simple and with the safety aspect in mind at all times. Poses will vary from your child laying on their back on a flokati rug, sitting and holding your newborn and sitting next to a prop with your newborn in it.

Now not all young siblings will want to sit near a basket or bowl, they’ll sit for a few seconds or jump around etc. if this is the case then I will do a composite image (a few images edited together in photoshop) or do another pose.

When it comes to the sibling photo, I like to have mum or dad close, right besides the young child. This is to help support their arms when holding your newborn or to be in close reach for your newborns safety.

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TIP NO # 5. NO CHEESY GRINS OR SMILES

We all love a natural smile and the best way to get a natural smile from your young child is to be silly! I avoid the key-words like ‘smile’ and ‘say cheese’, these words result in a forced unnatural smile. Instead we talk about their favourite cartoon character, sing their favourite song, bounce a ball off my head, pretend sneeze and just generally I can act a goose! This gets young children smiling and laughing. If all this fails, I get dad involved just behind where I’m shooting being silly and playing peek-a-boo. Children love seeing dad (or mum) acting silly!

We will try all the silly things I can think of – anything to get the shot!

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Well I hope these tips can help you with preparing for your baby photography session that includes an older sibling!

xx

Karmel

PS – For more information on newborn and child photography, please contact me!

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This sweet newborn baby came to the studio for her photo shoot just recently. Look at all her hair! What I love about newborn baby photography is meeting the families for the first time and their new born babies. I love watching the parents just loving on their new baby and the expressions as they gaze into their baby’s eyes, such sweet bliss!

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Top 3 tips for a sleepy newborn baby

So you’ve had your baby, CONGRATULATIONS!, as the days roll on the more sleep deprived you become and feel like you may loose your mind! Don’t worry, all new parents have been there. Even though my 3 children are now teenagers, I remember those delirious first few days like it was yesterday.

Now, as a newborn photographer settling babies has become second nature to me (sometimes though, baby just wants mum!) and clients call me “The Baby Whisperer” for my talent in settling new babies. I’m often invited around for the midnight shift when baby is unsettled! We always chat at the photo session about what works to help new baby’s sleep longer, so here are 3 tips to help with your newborns sleep.

1. Act on the first sign of sleepiness.

Tuning into your baby’s tired signs ensures she doesn’t get overtired. Usually newborns will wake, feed and either fall asleep straight after feeding or stay awake for a short amount of time. If your baby stays awake for some bonding time, watch for tired signs. Tired signs are staring off into space, disinterested in her surroundings and grizzling, then she is probably starting to get tired.

It’s best to not wait too long when you see these’s cue’s as your baby will get overtired and be harder to settle to sleep.

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2. Swaddle.

When newborns are born, they have what is called ‘The Startle Reflex”, this is when they suddenly extend their arms and legs, arch their backs and curl everything back in again.

My best bit of advice to new parents is to swaddle your baby. Some parents say ‘I tried but my baby hated it’. But what she hates today, might work days later. If you aren’t swaddling your baby and she is only sleeping short amount of time, her startle reflex could be waking her up, so try swaddling again. Swaddling too loosely is common and results in your baby becoming hodini! There are many swaddles on the market so try different ones till you find one that works best for your baby. Most newborns like to be swaddled with their hands up near their face.

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3. White noise.

For 9 months your bundle has been living it up in the snug comfort of your womb. It’s warm, loud and snuggly in there. Often when new baby’s arrive, the quiet of the outside teamed with sudden loud noises can keep baby awake.

There are plenty of white noise options out there, from Apps on your phone to white noise machines. The aim of the white noise is to muffle outside sounds not completely drown them out. During your newborn photography session, I use an App on my phone of a mother’s heartbeat and swooshing noises as heard from in the womb.

Sometimes, these things won’t work and baby is having an off day (like we all do some days!) and is unsettled and that’s ok. Be kind to yourself and remember, your baby will grow so quickly so enjoy as many cuddles as you can get!

I found these 3 tips to be most helpful in settling new babies to sleep, whether it was my babies, friends babies or clients babies.

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Mother’s Day

Give MUM a professional family photo session

Celebrate Mum this Mother’s Day with the gift that gives forever! The gift of a photo session is a great way to create lasting memories with your mum.

The session can include mum, siblings and grandmother. Mum’s often find themselves behind the camera photographing the special moments and missing out on being in those images themselves…

… don’t miss the opportunity to capture yourself and children!

Mother’s Day – Sunday May 10th 2020

The Captured Package – What you’ll get

– a 45 minute outdoor photo session at the studio

– a viewing and ordering session at the studio to select your favourite images

– one 8×12 metal desk print and 4 digital images

– the opportunity to purchased more products from our professional range

The Captured Package just $290!

Contact me here to purchase your gift certificate

Please note: scheduling for these session’s will begin once the COVID restrictions are lifting. Gift certificates are valid for 12 months from purchase.

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