Adorable Sibling Photography Ideas to Seize the Special Moments

Sibling photography
Sibling photography is not something that is new to this world. We've grown up watching family albums, filled with endearing moments captured for a lifetime. Today, however, one just doesn't want to capture the same, monotonous and posed photographs. Instead, people are more interested in experimental photography with accessories and themes.
Siblings have probably one of the most lovable relationships. They can be the best of friends at one moment, and the next, they can be pulling each other's hair off. But their love for each other is generated deep in their hearts and that reflects in their eyes. There can't be anything more cheerful and pleasant as capturing the camaraderie among siblings. Here are some ideas that can get you some unforgettable sibling photos.
Capture the real moments
Posing in front of the camera with a beaming smile has become somewhat of a cliche in today's times. Think about children! They are at their real best when in motion, reveling the world around and doing something or the other. They are either going to be teasing or making silly faces to each other. It is absolutely okay to include imperfect shots, especially if it adds to the subjects' personalities or reflects their relationship with each other.
In case of teenage and older siblings, they would be composed and poised. Try capturing those conversations, or get one of the siblings to crack a joke and bring everyone at ease. Random pics (even with odd faces, especially in case of children) are always easy for a photographer, since you get real emotions captured for a lifetime.
Accessorize
Never shy away from using props when doing a sibling photography session. Children are more at ease when they have something around which they see and use regularly. This can be a piece of regular furniture, couches, swings in your garden, or anything that gives a sense of activity in the pictures.
With older siblings, try outdoor props like cars, bikes, or may be a fishing boat (if you want a country backdrop). In beaches or hills, appropriate sports gears can add some action into the photographs.

Tip : Over accessorizing or using too much of stuff around can instead turn into a distraction - for the viewer as well as for the subjects of the photograph.
Choose appropriate color schemes
Clothing is very important and even more important is choosing an apt color scheme. You wouldn't want the siblings to look identical, or in some cases, just a part of the backdrop. Hence, avoid matching colored outfits. Gone are the days when everyone wore same colored clothes. Instead, choose contrasting colors or split up the colors among the siblings (if more than two). This would make the picture more appealing - visually and memorably.
Set a theme
Themes are always a guaranteed hit in photography. Try to plan out the photoshoot during festivals, or use the changing seasons as thematic representations. Christmas, Easter, or Halloween can be used as great theme setters for your photoshoot. With siblings playing characters and fancy dressing, the photoshoot becomes more fun.
  • During summers, you can plan a pool or garden photoshoot. Let them enjoy the cold water in the hot weather.

  • During fall, shoot at a park or any botanical garden to use the fall foliage as an ideal backdrop. This can be a great idea for a teenage or older sibling photoshoot.
  • Winters are ideal to shoot with a theme. Siblings, age no bar, can make the best use of this season for many reasons. One being the obvious change of landscapes around - ice-laden trees and roads, frozen lakes and fountains, and the serene chill in the air. Second being the variety of clothes (of different colors and styles) one can wear.
Special care for the special ones
If one of the siblings is a newborn or differently-abled, take special care while photographing. Since, it wouldn't be a wise option to move them or use too many props around them; keep it simple.

In case of a newborn, the oldest sibling can hold it while others can just be around hugging or leaning. Some small fluffy props like a woolen cap (Christmas or Halloween caps), mittens, or soft toys can be used. Make sure, the focus is still on the siblings.
While, in the case of a differently-abled sibling, others can simply cuddle, hug, or be more closely positioned evincing the warm bond they share. After all, these special ones must be handled with special care.
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