Photographer Kelly Brown recently completed a session with creativeLive showing off how to photograph a newborn baby with their older sibling. She focuses on what’s obviously just one idea, but also integrates in the fact that you need to work with one person at a time since a newborn baby can’t exactly respond to what you’re asking them to do. It starts with working with the older sibling and then putting the newborn in. While working with the elder child can have its own set of problems usually, the child in the video is very easy to work with. The baby, on the other hand, needs a bit of work–and that’s where the big part of the education comes in.
It’s best to not move the baby around too much otherwise it will be overstimulated and end up crying for a while. Those of us without kids or that haven’t worked with babies all that much would not know this. It almost seems like everything in terms of posing needs to be done immediately and that you can’t go back and forth lest you disturb the child.
Kelly’s video with creativeLive on posing a newborn with a sibling for a photo is after the jump.