Big Brother Sibling Photoshoot in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Wedding Photographer Sjoerd Booij

Two brothers. A unique brotherly bond. Love for each other, but also struggles and fights of course.

You might wonder:

What are big brother photoshoot ideas to capture the bond between siblings?

In this article I will share 13 tips how to capture this unique bond between siblings.

I will guide you through the process and show some great sibling photos of two young brothers in Amsterdam.

As an experienced family photographer and dad of (almost) three children I want to let you know:

It’s possible to shoot great photos of kids who run around a lot and have the sibling photoshoot done within one hour.

All you need are some good ideas and some great places to shoot before you start the sibling photoshoot and make it as much fun as possible. 

Some of the questions that will be answered in this article:

  • What are the best sibling photoshoot ideas?
  • What is a good time for a sibling photoshoot?
  • What outfits should my kids wear during the sibling photoshoot?

Let’s dive right in with the Table of Contents:

Ideas To Get You Started


What are big brother photoshoot ideas to capture their bond and love?

As a photographer I know shooting good photos of young kids can be difficult. They run around a lot, are unpredictable and most of time they are done with the concept of a photoshoot within the hour.

So how do we capture good pictures of siblings?

Brothers having fun during brothers photoshoot.

What are the best sibling photoshoot ideas?

So, how do we make sure the sibling photoshoot ensures a fun time while capturing some true photos?

Have a look at the list below for some great ideas.

  1. Go out into nature! I live close to the beach, so most of the time I take my family photoshoots out into nature. It’s the perfect place for running around, playing some soccer, throwing a frisbee and what not. It’s fun, it’s easy and it’s ensures you capture some real sibling photos that are true to their character.
  2. Let them jump the bed or couch! To capture real and fun pictures let them have fun. Jumping the bed has been fun since… well since we have beds.
  3. Let them play boardgames! This might be a tricky one, since not all siblings are great at the winning/losing part, but it can actually be a lot of fun too. You know your kids best, so you have to decide if this might work or not.
  4. Go to the playground! One of the most places for kids to be is the playground. Why not go there and capture them climbing, sliding, running around. It’s something they will love and definitely holds some great photos.
  5. Let them create art! Buy a BIG sheet of paper that can cover a wall and some paint. Now, let’s create art together. Pro tip: use paint that is easy to clean if needed.
  6. Sit them on the couch and let them tell each other secrets. It will definitely produce some great laughs!
  7. Have them read books to each other for some more relaxed and quiet photos.

I’ve talked about going out into nature for family photoshoots, but are you looking for more things to do?

Here is a great list of sibling photoshoot ideas.

Not all ideas might be your cup of tea, but it’s a big list, so there is something for everyone.

How About Timing?

What is a good time for a sibling photoshoot?

To make sure you get the best results from your family or sibling photoshoot, it’s important to think about timing.

Some quick tips to get you started:

Kid looking into camera standing in front of flowers.

What is a good time for a sibling photoshoot?

There are a couple of things to consider before you start planning your sibling photoshoot.

Here’s a quick list to get you started:

  1. Make sure they’ve had a good night sleep. It’s really important for them to have loads of energy.
  2. Make sure they’ve had a good meal before the photoshoot. Nothing more dreadful than kids that get hangry (hunger angry!).
  3. Plan your photoshoot in the morning. Make it one of the first things of the day for them to be excited about.

Sibling Photoshoot Tips

To summarize: 3 Ultimate tips to get the most from your sibling photoshoot!

Make sure to nail tip 1 and 2 and you are good to go!

3 Ultimate tips for your sibling photoshoot:

So here are some pro tips to make sure you get the most out of your sibling photoshoot:

  1. Let Them Be Themselves: Don’t over direct kids. It’s just not a good idea and works counterproductive. It’s better to let them be themselves and capture that. In the end the pictures need to show their character instead of a picture perfect version. Do you have jumpy and running kids, let them jump the bed and let’s capture that. Quiet kids that love to play boardgames together? Let them play.. it’s actually that simple.
  2. Make Sure Everyone Feels Included: It’s important that all siblings feel equally involved in the photoshoot. Make sure there is things to do for both and talk to them before the photoshoot what they can do.
  3. Use The Photos For Family Cards: Christmas or birthdays coming up? Use some of the photos for family cards. Add that personal touch and people will love it.

Are you looking for more inspiration? Have a look at my family photoshoot work at the family portfolio page.


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– Sjoerd

Brothers having fun during brothers photoshoot.
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