FIVE TIPS on how to get great sibling photos at your newborn session! | Geelong Newborn Photos

We all know that once you have your second, third or fourth (and beyond!) child, the images of them together are priceless.

When you come into your newborn session, I know that you want that shot and how badly you do want it. But you’re worried the sibling(s) won’t behave, you’re already exhausted and you just want it over with.

We have to remember that this is a HUGE deal for little kids - mum and dad have their attention suddenly on this new baby, they are feeding and can’t cuddle them on demand, they are tired, routine might be out the window and so on.

Considering that, we then get them to lie down or sit with the new baby while everyone around them is staring at them (including me, the stranger) and telling them to smile. Most of them don’t even get to the lying down stage without some resistance!

Empathy is key here - what we’re asking them is hard on them. But here are a few things we CAN do to make it easier.


The most common sibling shot is the one below, it’s gorgeous. It’s also the hardest, as it is intimidating for kids to lay down in front of a stranger with a giant camera pointed at them. So practice this at home, just get them to lie next to their sibling (not posed) and reward any good behaviour. Tell them this is what will happen at the session and what a great big sister/brother they are being!

Don’t force them into clothes they hate or have never worn before on the day. They don’t have to wear giant wiggle shirts but don’t buy them something they’ve never worn before and have them wear it for the first time at the session - pre prepare them for everything.

With girls especially, try and make sure their hair is styled in a way where we don’t have to adjust it much, as this will just stress them out. Make sure the clothes you choose don’t have big material around the arms that get in the way of their face when lying down.

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I know telling you to relax won’t make it happen but do your best! Kids feed off your moods and if they sense you really really really want this shot, then they’ll really really really not want to do it!

Relax knowing that I have photographed hundreds of sibling/newborns together and there’s been a total of 2 in 8 years that didn’t happen.

Relax knowing that it’s completely NORMAL for them to not want to do it at first and that they are acting like every other kid their age in the same situation.

It’s very easy to escalate to “JUST DO IT” but trust me that it doesn’t help, it will only make them resist further.

Remember too that a lot fo the shots you see are not how they appear. I have used popcorn on a mum’s belly to get her son to kiss her on a maternity session, I have stuffed a chocolate bar under a pillow to get a toddler looking at his new baby brother! We have lots of little tricks!


Yep, it’d be nice to get a shot without any Thomas the Tank engine in their little hands but sometimes they really just do need the extra comfort in that shot. Often just letting them do that for the first few shots means they’ll warm up a little and realised it isn’t so scary, and then let me photograph them without it.

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Kids are notoriously terrible when they are hangry. Feed them WELL about 20 minutes before the session, in the car if you have to!

Spend the first few hours before the session cuddling them. This will make them feel calmer from the get go instead of watching you stress about getting ready.

I don’t mind if you are 10 minutes late, you have a new baby so I expect it! So relax while you get ready, give the sibling lots and lots of cuddles and make it a nice and stress feel drive here.


I’ve started letting the sibling have their own couple of shots or shots JUST with mum and dad (no baby) so they feel as included as possible. Girls especially seem to enjoy this, and with boys you let them have a photo with their favourite toy. Anything that gets them enjoying the experience is worth it!

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I hope these tips have helped and make you feel that it CAN be done as long as we all have some patience and understanding. We will definitely try our best!

Family Photos in Torquay | O'Callaghan Family

A few years ago I had a family photo session with these two gorgeous little girls down in Barwon Heads (you can see it here!). Lucinda had just started some wobbly walking and big sister Alice had found this cute little heart shaped clover.

Now the girls are much bigger!  It's always so fun to see returning clients for me, because it's amazing to see how much kids grow and change in what feels like the blink of an eye.  One minute they are taking their first steps, the next minute I meet them and they are chatty little preschoolers!

This time we had our session at Taylor Park in Torquay,  which is a beautiful but under-used little spot.  I always enjoy sessions there as the light is so pretty and the park itself has such a calm feel to it, like a hidden oasis.

We had to move pretty quickly this session as it was threatening to rain the whole time, but as you can see - the girls just ran around in the light showers anyway!  Rain does not stop kids having fun thankfully!

More importantly, this time we roped dad in and got some full family shots!

I hope you all enjoyed your session and I'll see you in a year or two!

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Family Photos in Torquay | The Cameron Family

I love it when I get up to Torquay for a session because I LOVE Taylor Park as a location.    It's got some sweet little hidden gems within and the light can be so pretty.    The best part is, we can just cross the road and head to the beach as well! I met up with the Cameron family a few months ago for their family photos,  back when it was actually warm!  Their three gorgeous kids had lots of patience and lots of time for cuddles with mum and dad.      Little Luke, who was just 2 - was a SUPER daddy's boy and it was adorable to see.

I hope you guys loved your session and hope to see you back next year!


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Natural Baby Photos Ocean Grove | Baby Caelan

Picking a Newborn Photographer is hard.   There are many talented photographers out there, and we all have different styles.  Posed, unposed, simple, colourful, props,  - there are many ways to photograph newborns! Me?  I love those tiny little faces.  Pink lips, full cheeks - that's what I focus on!  I keep props to a minimum and just focus on baby -  because I could buy a million different coloured wraps and baskets and flowers but not one of them would be as gorgeous as the little person in front of me.

Here is beautiful little Caelan.




Surf coast Family Photography | Alana & Ben

Towards the end of the year I often get requests for family sessions from families enjoying a holiday down here!  I think it's a great idea capturing these memories of awesome family holidays, especially if you are holidaying in Torquay! We did this shoot at the lovely Taylor Park in Torquay and then headed across the road to the beach.  An hour later we had some beautiful portraits, playful beach shots and two happy siblings!

Alana & Ben were both the easiest kids to shoot - did everything I asked and had some fun in the process :)

I hope you enjoyed your holiday guys!


Natural Family Portraits Torquay and Geelong | The Zahra Family

The Zahra Family are from Torquay but for this session we headed to my favourite spot in Barwon Heads.   We were extremely lucky with the weather and had some beautiful light for some beautiful boys.   Rupert is 2.5 and Archie just 10 months, so typically of these ages,  I have to move fast! The family were lovely enough to fill out my feedback form and had these lovely words to share :)

"Loved being at the beach where the boys could play and it didn't feel fake or over the top.  It was such a relaxing easy photo shoot, she captured the boys just being themselves. Loved the photos and highly recommend!  Natalie did a great job of capturing the boys just being themselves, and some beautiful snaps of us as a family mucking about :-)"


Thanks all!




Fun Family Photography in Geelong | The Turner Family

Firstly, thank you all so much for being patient while I moved house and navigated life and business without an ADSL connection!      I'm still waiting but mobile broadband is tiding me over! Secondly,  I have a lot of blog posts to catch up on!   This lovely family from Torquay are about to get their beautiful photos so I thought I would kick off my 'blog catchup' with some gorgeous little girls and their gorgeous parents!

When the girls' mum Clea contacted me a few months ago about a session she let me know she had been watching my business facebook page for quite a  while, so I can only hope their session lived up to their expectations!  The family wanted candid, fun photos and that's what we got.  Remi & Maya seemed to have quite a bit of genuine fun during our session, there was lots of hiding behind trees, running up and down and random cuddles of mum and dad and each other.     The kids brought along their special toys and we got so many candid portraits, I loved how laid back it all was.

I hope the Turner family love their photos and will be back again when the girls are a little bigger!

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