Photographing Siblings

March 18, 2010

If you are looking for energy and some excitement in your photographs, taking photos of siblings can give you more than you might want. They know each other intimately, and which buttons to push to get the reaction they want.

At other times they can be at peace with each, in a comfortable place only siblings know. It seems at times that their personalities bounce off of one another. Try and provide some incentive for fun, competition or even a physical connection, then you can get a photograph that is truly amazing and shows clearly the relationship between the siblings.



Photographing siblings can be a great opportunity to make a story telling picture, while the kids are interacting with one another or their environment. You can photograph them telling each other secrets, playing together or showing their closeness to one another like in the photograph on the right.

When photographing siblings you can get some unique looks by challenging them. For example, you might pick on one of them and just watch the reaction of the other one. You could be surprised that one will join with you, or on the other hand may decide to defend their sibling and challenge you!

No matter what, you will get a reaction, and those reactions can be turned into truly fascinating and interesting photographs. Working with two subjects at the same time presents a great opportunity to have fun while you are doing it, and some great, and sometimes unexpected, reactions from your subjects.

Remember, keep taking lots and lots of photographs of your kids. You will be glad you did!

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

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