Photographing young siblings can be difficult. Especially when you have certain expectations in mind. My advice is to through your expectations out. Not to sound harsh, but sometimes the best photos are when you let go of the idea of everyone smiling perfectly at the camera. Photos that capture emotion are always best, so getting the siblings to interact is key.
Asking the older sibling to kiss the baby is a super easy way to get them to interact. Usually they are happy to do it and sometimes the great photo is the actual kiss and sometimes it’s the moment before or after.
And of course I always love to photograph the siblings alone. I think they know it’s their time in the spotlight and that’s when the huge smiles come out!
Photos by Orange County Baby Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.