Three tips to include young siblings in a maternity session / Top Phoenix maternity photographer


May 3, 2021

Voted Top Phoenix maternity photographer,  I am excited to share three tips to include young siblings in a maternity session. A maternity photo session allows you to focus on the new life your body is working so hard to create and can remind you of the excitement and joy that comes with bringing your child into the world. Whether this is your first child or your fourth, your pregnancy is a great time to get some family photos with not just you and your partner, but your other children (and fur children) as well. How sweet would it be to document a sibling’s anticipation of meeting his or her new sister or brother? While it can be challenging to motivate siblings (especially toddlers) to participate, the following three game changing tips and tricks can make all the difference.

Smiling boy at an in-home maternity session in Phoenix, Arizona

1.Consider an in-home maternity session.

The thought of getting everyone ready and taking them to an unknown location can be quite stressful! Being in a familiar environment can help siblings feel more comfortable in front of the camera and less shy with the photographer. It further gives you the opportunity to get pictures of just you without having to constantly keeping an eye on everyone else.  With the hot Phoenix summer days in mind, a climate controlled environment doesn’t sound too bad either 😉

A child tickling a baby belly at an in-home maternity session in Phoenix, Arizona

A mother and child in nursery at a matenity session in Phoenix, Arizona

2. Introduce a new toy that makes for an excellent prop in your photo shoot.

Engaging kids in a fun and creative way can be challenging. Introducing a new toy that makes for an excellent prop in your maternity photo shoot can be a real game changer. Choose a toy that works with the color scheme of your images and that makes his or her eyes light up once they receive it. Jose had such a great time driving up and down the “hill” that it didn’t feel like a chore to him to participate in the photo shoot. This is the time you will most likely get the cutest and most genuine facial expressions as well.

A child touching the baby bump at a maternity session in Phoenix, Arizona

A child touching his mother's baby belly at an in-home maternity session in Phoenix, Arizona

A child touching mom's baby belly at a maternity session in Phoenix, Arizona

Closeup image of a child touching mom's baby belly at a maternity shoot in Phoenix, Arizona

3. Time for cuddles.

A photo shoot can be quite tiring. This is the perfect time for some snuggles and to include the entire family as well. You can choose to lay down with your little one or have him or her get comfy in your lap. This is where I would highly encourage you to interact with them and ignore the camera. You can do that by singing a favorite song or telling a story. Anything to keep them calm while allowing them to rest.

Image of a family at an in-home maternity session in Phoenix, Arizona

Are you ready to book your maternity session? I am looking forward to hearing more about what you are envisioning for your photo shoot.

*** I am offering maternity and newborn photography services in Arizona. I am located in Chandler, Arizona. If you like my work, please be sure to show your support by liking my page on Facebook and following me on Instagram Instagram. Thank you.***


  1. Stacey says:

    I love these tips, such a sweet post. I love the idea of including siblings and making it fun for the whole family!

    • Stephanie Honikel says:

      Absolutely. The challenge is to make sure it feels less a chore to them. Photo sessions should be fun, ALWAYS 😉

  2. Jeannine says:

    Thank you for sharing. Tip 1 is the most important one for me. Awesome work! ♥️

  3. Bashaw says:

    Yes to an in home session! Lifestyle maternity sessions always give me the feels. Its such a easy way to incorporate the whole family!

  4. Veronika Sykorova says:

    Great tips, it definitely can be tricky with little kids! Doing it at your own house can definitely help. Beautiful photos!

    • Stephanie Honikel says:

      Thank you🥰 I like not being dependent on the weather the day of a photo shoot.

  5. Laura says:

    Great tips! I especially like the one about the new toy. I’m going to implement that one for sure.

    • Stephanie Honikel says:

      I definitely think it’s exciting to kids, something new and useful to implement in a photo shoot. I prefer that over bribing them with candy. Good luck. Would love to hear of you’ve had any success with it as well.

  6. Christie says:

    What wonderful tips and portraits! Your families are so lucky to have you as their photographer!

    • Stephanie Honikel says:

      Thank you, Christie. That’s really nice of you to say 😉 I just love what I do.

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