Shooting newborn sessions doesn't have to mean an indoor session with the heater on full blast. In the South we are lucky to have warmth practically year round, allowing for an outdoor newborn session. We headed out early for this session to avoid the heat, but we didn't expect getting swarmed by mosquito's. Luckily we had mosquito spray and mosquito netting on hand to protect this beautiful baby girl. Everyone was in a happy mood and I made sure to give big brother lots of tasks to help the session run smoothly. With sessions like these, the newborns are usually the star of the show, but big brothers and sisters are what keeps the shoot alive.
Here are some tips for involving big brothers / sisters on newborn shoots:
- Find something for them to hold ... I suggest a little rock or leaf. Tell them that it is important and you want to make sure they take good care of it.
- Tell them in advance that the baby might cry (they know that well enough) and that when it happens, you will need big brother/sister's help in calming down baby.
- Ask them if they want to take a picture of the baby or mom and dad with your camera. They really love this.
- Make sure to get some important shots of just them by themselves and just them with the baby.
- Ask them if there is something cool they can do ... like jump really high, run really fast or make a funny face... and get lots of pictures of that.
- When the shoot is over, make sure they know they did an awesome job!!
Meryl McLendon of All the Gold Photography is a family and child photographer based in The Woodlands, Texas. Meryl loves doing newborn sessions like this one here.