Parents always want to capture fun-loving photos of siblings together and it’s meant with the best intentions at heart. Jessica (Mom) attended my Snap Happy class in September at the Breastfeeding Center and wanted to capture some great shots of her kids. She’d had professional photos taken when her oldest, Amelia, was younger, but hadn’t had the opportunity to do the same for Hank, who was born last June. As it turns out, when you’re photographing a two-year-old with her baby brother, you might get more than you bargained for! 😀
This certainly was the case when I got together to photograph the Wisniewski siblings last month. Being the big sister she is, Amelia had two different mindsets about photographing her with her brother, Hank. First, we had a hard time convincing her to get close to him. Once we got her over that hump, she swung to the other side of the pendulum and would love up her brother SO BIG with massive hugs (as only a 2-year-old big sister can!) that she’d bowl him over. While they’re all great images, in the end, some of my favorite photos turned out to be the ones of them individually.
Both of these kiddos have gorgeous, great big eyes and were a pleasure to photograph. Though Amelia was a little skeptical of this newcomer with a camera in her hand, she warmed to the whole process and we got some amazing shots. I particularly love the first photo with her on the carpet. It shows off her beautiful red hair and sparky personality so well. I also adore the photo of her in the orange chair with a lollipop in her hand. The colors and whimsy in the composition make it one they’ll enjoy for years to come. Hank was a cheerful little guy, and all of his photos show off the spark of new adventures brewing in his eyes. The photograph with Hank in front of the fireplace is one of my favorites with him. The splash of color, alongside his lopsided grin is simply adorable.
Since it was February, we didn’t plan to do anything outside, and luckily, the interior of their home had plenty of natural light and I only supplemented artificial light in certain circumstances.
In the end, mom and dad opted for two large matted and framed prints for their bedroom; one of each child, of course. They also chose a smaller photo of each kiddo printed with their first initial for each of their bedrooms, which is a really fun way to display photos in kids’ rooms, plus an album and several smaller prints for other spots around the house and for their offices.
About the Author:
Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!