How to Take Great Sibling Photos

We all know that taking a picture of one child can be a challenge, so taking a picture of more than one child is extra tough! How do you create an image of siblings together that is authentic and meaningful while being technically sound at the same time? Here are strategies for photographing your children together:

Use a higher depth of field

To keep more than one child in focus, you may need to raise your depth of field. While it is tempting to shoot at f/1.8 or f/2.2 to create a blurry background, the chances are that one or more of your subjects could also end up blurry. For a low aperture to be successful, your children must all be exactly the same distance away from the camera. Knowing that kids can be a little wiggly, it is best to raise your f/stop to f/3.5 or f/4 to be on the safe side.

Look for physical connections

When bodies touch or overlap in a picture, this creates an automatic visual connection. Likewise, a gap between two people, even a small gap in reality, can seem like a huge divide. Be on the lookout for times when siblings are physically close to one another and their bodies may naturally overlap. Typical examples are sitting close together engaged in an activity such as reading a book, walking close to each other, or embracing.

Look for emotional connections

Children can also show connectedness through their expressions, especially when they watch or look at each other. Think of an older sibling demonstrating how to use a toy to a younger sibling — although they may not be physically touching during this activity, there is definitely an emotional connection as the younger child observes the older one. Conversations at mealtimes, playing a sport, or working at a task together are other opportunities to these capture emotional bonds.