Three Things to Remember During a Newborn Session with Toddler Siblings – Westminster Newborn Photographer

December 12, 2021

Three Things to Remember During a Newborn Session with Toddler Siblings

Newborn sessions with toddlers are probably some of my most favorite! As a mom of 5 children that are fairly close in age, I remember how stressful the thought of a newborn session felt. I could barely contain my active little two year old by herself, let alone trying to get her to sit still long enough for a peaceful session with a newborn!

Today’s post is about exactly just that. What can you do to make a newborn session with toddlers and a newborn a success? I’m here to tell you, not only can it be a fun experience, leaving you with a beautiful archive of this moment in your life, but it can often times be better than with just one child. You know that age old expression, ‘the more the merrier’, right? There’s a lot of truth to that when it comes to newborn family sessions.

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The number one piece of advice I can give a parent with a toddler and a newborn is to just relax and let the toddler be. Let go of control and remember, as long as they are safe, I can take care of the rest. I know it’s hard as you envision perfect family and sibling photos, but hear me out. When we correct toddlers, they shut down. It takes a fun experience and makes it feel like a chore to them and they’ll resist. My job is to set the stage and step back and capture the moments, no matter what they are doing. Do they want to play with their cars on the bed? Let them. It’s real life and that’s what we are capturing.

Just relax. The moment toddlers sense stress, they fight back harder. But more importantly, if you’re on edge trying to correct them, YOU will look stressed and we don’t want that. Do your best to just relax and go with the flow. Take deep breaths and relax into the morning and your energy will transfer to your child.

Let go of perfection. I know it’s hard mama, but try to let go of that idea of the “picture perfect moment” during your newborn session. Take some pressure off yourself and let the real moments organically take place so that I may capture the moments you will truly want to hang all over your house. I promise, the moment you let go of the idea of perfection, the moments actually come. Each and every time.

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I live in Catonsville, just outside of Baltimore Maryland with my husband and 5 kids. I love to travel all around Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia to photograph families in their homes and outdoors.  

Some of my favorite outdoor locations are parks around Catonsville, Elkridge, Baltimore and Silver Spring, but I truly do love in home sessions. There’s just something about family photography in the place where they create memories every day. My service areas are anywhere within 40 miles of Catonsville 21228, but I do travel outside of that for a small fee. 
My style is natural and organic as I work hard to keep color and posing as true to life as possible. No baby origami, distracting props or desaturated editing here! Keeping things natural will ensure that your images look great not only now, but 30+ years down the road as well. 
If you're into authentic connections with less posing and capturing all of those tiny adorable details, let's chat! I'd love to work with your family.

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Kim Whipps Photography

Baltimore Maryland Newborn Photography

Baltimore Area and Columbia In-Home and Outdoor Maternity, Newborn, Family and Child Photographer 


Kim Whipps is an outdoor and in-home newborn, family, maternity and child photographer in the Greater Baltimore and Central Maryland area. With a solid Five-Star Google rating and 15+ years of experience photographing Maryland families, Kim is known for her true to life color, joyful style and her ability to make her subjects feel at ease in front of her camera. 

Kim Whipps Photography serves Central Maryland including but not limited to Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Howard County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges County, and Harford County.