4.22.2013

A Twist on Newborn Photos: Meet-the-Sibling Photos

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by melissa 

When our photography business was in full swing, Jon and I decided early on to not have newborn sessions as part of our business. After trying our hand at them a couple times with some of our friends' newbies, we quickly realized it wasn't our thing. We're the first to say that those who do professional newborn photos are a serious force to be reckoned with, but feeling we would thrive better in a focused niche, we decided this niche wasn't ours.



Last summer, however, I had a bit of a change of heart with newborn sessions when one of my favorite friends, (Doe A Deery's very own Rachel A.), came to me with an idea that I instantly loved—newborn photos with a journalistic twist. She asked if I'd be interested in going to the hospital to document her older daughter coming to meet her new baby brother, and I was elated.

It was genius. And not posed. And had no props. And no studio. All I had to do was go be a fly on the wall to capture a beautiful moment in this family's life. And that is one hundred percent my/our style. This was a newborn shoot I could love, and being part of it in a background-kind-of-way was so awesome.

   


Recently I was able to do the same thing for another one of my favorite friends (and yet another of Doe A Deery's own, Alisia) when she had her second child almost three weeks ago, and I was reminded of how sweet every family's own little story is, and how fun it is to document it. And congrats to Ali on her new beautiful baby boy!! He is darling!


 
 
 


I wanted to share their photo sessions with you here as an idea you may want to consider—opting for a Meet-the-Sibling shoot (in place of a newborn shoot if you like, or in addition to a newborn shoot if you prefer) with a new baby that has older brothers or sisters to be introduced to.

If it can be in the hospital (or birthing center) where the moments are still raw and new and real, then my guess is while you may not be feeling at your peak beauty, you will be reminded of what the truest kind of beauty is. And it will be documented for you to remember and look back on whenever you need a reminder. The hospital is a moment when life seems to be on hold and a couple days of stillness seem to surround that baby and his/her new little life. I see it as the calm before the storm in my world—the stillness before the chaos of home, meals, schedules, daily needs (no wait...minute-ly needs) from the kids, (slow) recovery, sleep deprivation, and real life all set in. And oh yes. Feeling like a crazy person. That's my favorite part. I'm still riding the post-baby crazy-person wave, and my baby is 10 months old. But I'm off topic...I like that the days in the hospital provide a small window of time before all the craziness sets in and becomes the new normal, and I think documenting it can be a beautiful thing, in a very simple way.

This is something I personally would have someone else do, because as awesome as it is that Jon can be by my side taking pictures when we have a newbie of our own, we don't have pictures of us interacting with each other, soaking in the newness together, and introducing our older kids to the tiny new life together. And I would love to have that captured. I wanted to share some tips/ideas that I have used to help to make the most out of a Meet-the-Sibling session.

5 Tips for Documenting Your Own Meet-the-Sibling Story

1. Start at the very beginning. 
Have the photographer follow the big brother(s)/big sister(s) up to the hospital room. It's fun to see the trip there from the child's perspective.


2. Let the photographer in the door first.

Have big brother(s)/big sister(s) wait just outside the hospital room door (with dad) when they get there while the photographer goes in to get ready for that first look and snag shots of their first expressions. They're golden.

3. Ignore the photographer and enjoy your family.

Don't stress over being picture perfect. Just soak up the new little one and each other. Those will be your favorite photos.


4. Let the big sibling(s) shine.

Let him/her hold the baby, smother the baby with love, and check out the new baby toes, fingers and nose. Curiosity is darling.


5. Give your other half a turn.

There's something about photos of dads with a new baby that I can't get over. They wear their hearts on their sleeves in those moments.

Enjoy!

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25 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for posting this! Great photos!

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Sarah! I'm glad you liked it, hopefully you'll get to use the idea, it's so fun!

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  2. Beautiful, beautiful photos! They made me cry for some reason.... I guess I'm just getting sad that my babies are growing up. We have a 1st birthday coming up in less than 2 weeks!

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    1. Oh, thanks Andrea! I hear you on the growing up thing! My baby's 6 weeks away from turning one and I don't want it to come! All the more reason to capture these things on film. It's only when I look back at pictures and videos that I realize how fast it really is going! I guess everyone that says "it goes so fast! was right after all :)

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  3. Such a great idea! Love this Melissa. I want to do this when little Miss #3 arrives next month...

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    1. Thanks so much (I think this is Sarah...?)! And congrats on #3! You guys are awesome! I can't wait to see pictures and I'm sure you'll handle it all like a pro! You're such a good mom. Good luck!

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  4. love love love. You do a great job of the journalist perspective, which I adore. Always learning new things from you. keep them coming! and thanks for the step by step ideas. Can't wait to try it out!

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  5. love love love - Well done and GREAT tutorial. can't wait to try it out! Keep it commin' Melissa - I love your ideas and the implementation is stunning.

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    1. Thanks so much Hollie! For both comments :) I'm glad you enjoy the journalist perspective also, it's so fun! You're so sweet, thank you for all your kind words. Your little boy is darling! I'm sure you're eating him up!!

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  6. These are so beautiful Melissa!! I just can't get over them. I have tried the newborn photo shoot...it is hard. I love it! But this is so amazing. Thank you for the tips!

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    1. Thanks so much Steph! Newborn shoots are tough. Too tough for me :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I hope you're doing well! I'm so glad you loved the photos!

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  7. You forgot step 6. Have an amazing friend named Melissa who can take your photos! xxx

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    1. haha, you're funny! Don't volunteer me! :) Luckily there are lots of great photographers out there to choose from! And a good tip would be to choose one you'd be really comfortable being yourself around. The more you can act like they're not there, the better! :)

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  8. Love this! What a fun idea,
    And what beautiful photos!

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    1. Oh thanks Kalli! It's a good thing we live far away from you or I would probably be bribing you into taking these for us whenever we have another baby! :)

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  9. What a great idea! I like your photos Melissa. They´re beautiful. Saludos from Argentina :)Juliana Fuentes

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  10. Priceless. I love the experience that these photo's portray. The collections of photos caused me to feel as if I was there meeting that new baby myself. Well done!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Chelsea. That's what I love about documenting life as it happens...the photos feel so real because they are so real! Thanks again for your kind words!

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  11. Great post and awesome pic ideas!! Xoxo

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    1. Thank you Morgan! Best of luck with your upcoming second! :)

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  12. I really enjoyed this! Don't you love technology and what it can do when you apply your talents to it to keep us abreast of things : )

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    1. Thanks for your comment Anne-Marie! Happy to hear you enjoyed it!

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  13. Melissa, I love this. These moments are priceless and oh how I wish you could have been there when Simon met Jack. It was a moment I'll never forget. I think Allison Cox does "lifestyle shoots" which I have always wanted to have her do with my extended family in Utah. Maybe I will hit her up this summer. You have such amazing talent and I think part of it comes from your genuineness with people. Nice work!

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    1. Thanks LuAnn! You're so sweet, the part about genuineness with people really means a lot to me!! I love authentic moments of life, and to have them captured is something incredible. Good luck snagging Allison Cox! We had her do our family photos in UT last year, she's awesome!

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