Have you ever tried to get your toddler still enough to have their photograph taken? Like nailing jelly to the wall right? This is very common for any child between the ages of 1 and 3. This is the age when life has begun to get really exciting and they learn that there are lots of exciting things to do, like walk, run around, play with things they shouldn't, climb and generally explore their new toddler world. Getting them to sit and do something on command is therefore boring and very low down on their agenda. This coupled with a little bit of toddler defiance, yes, they know how to turn this on, can make sibling images very difficult.
Whilst, I never promise to capture siblings images at this age, due to their temperamental nature, I will always do everything in my power and pull out as many tools from my 'distraction' box as possible. Sometimes, going the extra mile with a little trickery can also help.
As you know, safety is always my top priority too so I will never risk putting a very young toddler and a newborn baby together in a way that I feel would be unsafe. Not that a toddler would intentionally go out of their way to hurt their baby Brother or Sister but when they are busy being toddlers they are unaware of what is safe and what is not.
So today, I was challenged with 13 month old Oliver and his baby brother Archie. I knew there would be no way of Oliver holding him, laying down safely with him or possibly sitting still for very long. I decided to use a little bit of magic with a composite image.
I first of all posed and placed baby Archie in a bucket, with Daddy close by and with his hands an inch above his head for safety. The trickery bit is that I then placed some goodies in the bottom of my bucket for Oliver to find, without his baby brother in it. He had great fun searching and showing me what he had found. A clever bit of photoshop and hey presto, one image of two adorable brothers. Neither of them were compromised at any stage, Mummy and Daddy were able to stay relaxed and Archie wasn't forced to pose. Two happy boys and hopefully two happy parents.