“A sibling is the lens through which you see your childhood.” Ann Hood
The Best Sibling Photo Ideas
The bond between siblings is like no other. One minute they’re fighting over who ate the last cookie and the next minute they’re inseparable and the best of friends. They grow up together sharing toys, clothes, and memories. And yes, they really do grow up too fast. So grab your camera and capture these special moments while you can.
Whether you’re planning a professional photoshoot with a photographer or just want to be prepared for an impromptu session with your iPhone, here are 38 sibling photo ideas that will help get your creative juices flowing. Featured are a variety of different types of sibling photos, from candid shots to posed portraits, ranging in ages from babies to young adults, so you’re sure to find the perfect inspiration.
1. The Bond Before They’re Born
Capture the love between two siblings before they’re even born.
2. Waiting For a Playmate
If your little one has a sibling on the way, capture a photo of them playing solo, waiting for the arrival of their little brother or sister. A photo of dad, mom, and pregnant belly in the background completes this photo.
3. Including The Grownups
It’s okay to include mom, dad, and other grownups in your sibling photos too!
4. Sisters With Their Mom
The angle this photo was captured at allows the focal point to still be on the siblings but also includes the parent.
5. Playtime With Dad
Silhouette photos are creative and fun. For best results, wait until the sun is low in the sky and position your subjects between yourself, as the photographer, and the sun.
6. Comparing Features
Whether the siblings share the same eyes or they’re as different as night and day, photographing these features close-up and side-by-side is a creative idea.
7. A Contrast in Size
In addition to comparing features, another great idea is to take photos of their feet or hands together, which really highlight the difference in size and age.
8. Not Always In Focus
Sibling photos don’t always need to have both siblings in focus. Having a shallow depth of field can produce some great images.
9. The Serious With The Silly
It’s amazing how different siblings can be, despite growing up in the same household. Allow them to show their personalities and be themselves.
10. Breaking The Rules
Sure, you might not usually allow your kids to jump on the bed or have pillow fights, but if you’re looking for some fun, candid photos, letting them do something that’s usually a no-go can produce some great sibling photos.
11. Capturing Tradition
Capture photos of siblings carving pumpkins, colouring Easter eggs, getting ready for the first day of school, and other annual traditions. These are memories they’ll always share together and will love looking back on when they’re older.
12. Candid Fun
Try to get photos without them being aware you have your camera out. Some of the best images are unplanned, candid shots.
13. Unbreakable Bond
This action shot does a wonderful job at showing the love these girls have for each other.
14. Summer Days
Photographing memories like this and turning them into photo art is guaranteed to give those siblings all the feels when they grow up. Nostalgia at its best.
15. Welcoming The Newest Addition
Document the love shared between siblings when the newest addition arrives.
16. Artistic Love
If you’re looking for a super fun idea, gather all the siblings together to make something creative. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy!
17. A Helping Hand
A little sibling perk is having an older brother or sister help you with your homework.
18. Documenting The Rare Moments
If it feels like your kids argue more than they get along, it’s all the more reason to make sure you have the camera ready for when these rare moments arise.
19. Creative Framing
Add some interest to your sibling photos by incorporating some creative compositional framing techniques to your shots.
20. No Distractions
This photo has creative framing, and is also great because there are no distracting backgrounds to take the focus off the siblings.
21. Sharing Moments
The special moment these two are sharing makes the photo, while the beautiful, natural light strengthens it. These low-light photography tips will help you capture print-worthy photos without the use of a flash.
22. Sibling Secrets
This candid photo of a sister telling a secret to her little brother in his pyjamas is the perfect example of how photos don’t need to be perfectly posed to be wonderful.
What childhood is complete without the memories of piggybacking with your sisters and brothers?
24. Seaside Sweetness
Could this beach photo of two siblings be any sweeter?
25. Water Fight!
Not all fights are bad! It’s always a good idea to have a waterproof camera if there’s a chance you’re going to get wet though.
26. Puddle Jumping
Speaking of getting wet, playing in puddles is always good fun for younger siblings and create the perfect photo opportunity.
27. Inside Joke
Years down the road, these siblings might not remember what was so funny, but they’ll never forget the fun times and closeness they shared with their brothers and sisters.
28. Play Ball
Capture them participating in their favourite activities together, be it soccer, dancing, riding bikes, playing with the dog, or whatever else they have fun doing.
29. Reading Together
It’s not just physical activities that are great ideas to photograph. Photos of brothers and sisters reading, drawing, or colouring together are also special. And if you photograph them during an art activity, you can turn their masterpieces into art as well!
30. Living In a Tech World
Moments shared playing video games are photo-worthy as well. Sure, as parents, we’re often encouraging our kids to limit their screen time, but there’s nothing wrong with capturing these times too!
31. Beautiful Backdrop
If you want to capture a photo of siblings that can be printed and displayed in your home, consider the background of the photo, making sure it’s something you’ll be happy to look at every day from your dining room table, living room, or office.
32. Black & White
This is such a sweet photo and because it’s black and white, there are no distractions leading your focus away from the two precious little ones.
When your toddlers are sharing nicely and getting along, you better have your camera ready.
34. Eventful Times
Sibling photos can be great candid or posed, or, in the case of this photo, a little of both.
35. Teenaged Siblings
As a parent of teenagers, you may get lucky and have kids that love posing for the camera but, as is often the case, teens like to capture their own selfies and shy away from the camera when their parents pull one out. If that’s the case, try to capture candid moments when they’re not expecting it.
36. No Faces
Photos don’t always need to include faces to be good, as this photo proves.
37. Serious Times
When you take photos, don’t worry too much about having smiling faces either. Capturing the moment as it was, naturally, is just as good.
Smiles and giggles are great too!
Sibling Photo Ideas & Inspiration
We hope these sibling photo ideas help inspire your next photoshoot. Once you have the perfect photo, be sure to print them and display them proudly! When the siblings you’ve photographed have all grown up, they’ll cherish these moments forever caught in time.