Being a lifestyle Mesa Newborn Photographer, I often get the question of “Can we include older siblings for the photoshoot?” The answer is: Yes! Absoultely!
I love having the opportunity to photograph families welcoming home their new family member. To children, bringing home a new younger sibling is both mind-blowing and thrilling. There are many questions and so much excitement! And at times, a bit of timidness and shyness. But, I think we all can relate to the range of emotions felt when bringing home a new baby!
Including the older siblings in your lifestyle newborn session, is the first chance to have professional photos of your newly grown family. You won’t have to wait until it’s Fall for holiday cards(the one time of year most families wait for). Not to mention, photographing children all at once can be challenging! Before your newborn session, you’ve probably already tried to capture the newness, but found it hard to everyone to cooperate. It helps to have a professional photographer who can catch those genuine moments between silly faces.
Emotionally charged photographs happen in the moment of allowing your children to have the time and space to get to know each other. Seeing your older children love their baby siblings is completely heartwarming. You may have wondered all throughout your pregnancy how your older children will react. At this moment, you realize they love their new sibling just as much as you do. This marks the beginning of their relationship as siblings. I imagine you as a parent want your children to get along and be best friends. Of course, they may have disagreements and turbulent moments, but that’s just life. However, how they communicate and respect one another begins with first nurturing their relationship with one another.
Including older siblings in your photoshoot is a grand gesture to remind them that they too are still an important aspect of the family. They have been part of the daily life routine and customs you have set within the household. Bringing home a new baby puts a sudden shift into what was once normal life. You as parents are extremely exhausted, possibly stressed, and want a bit of solo bonding time with your new baby as well. Not to mention, a mom who recently went through the child birthing experience needs space to heal. Leaving out your older children during this milestone can make them feel alienated from the family unit they once were familiar with. Letting your older children be a part of the photoshoot serves as an important reminder that you’re one big family.
I like to remind parents that your photographs are not just for you. Your photographs and why you are documenting your family right now are also for your children. Think ahead 20, 30, 40+ years. I know that can be scary right now! But imagine, what will these photographs mean to your children as they become adults? As they start to grow families of their own. They’re going to look back at these photographs in nostalgia and take to heart the principle of family importance.
If you’re looking for a Mesa Newborn Photographer, I would love to connect with you! You can get in touch by visiting my website.
I love featuring other Motherhood Photographers from around the world. This week, my dear friend Kate Voda just shared the perfect tips for Outfits for family photos. Go check out this wonderful resource on how to style your family for your next photoshoot!