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Twinspiration! 27 Ways to Photograph Your Perfect Pair

Feb 18 2013 - 6:38am

The bond between twins is truly one of a kind, and there's a lot of pressure for new moms to capture that special interaction between their babies for posterity. Whether you've scheduled a photo shoot with a professional, or are just hoping to maximize your iPhone's camera settings, we've rounded up some of the sweetest twin photo ideas out there, along with some expert advice from the pros. Now smile for the camera . . . both of you!

A Day in the Life

Your daily routine may seem ordinary now, but in a year or two, you'll look back in amazement at every moment of your little people's early days.

Source: Flickr user snaphappydan [1]

Au Naturel

Photographing babies in a space that's comfortable and familiar to them results in a more relaxed image than hitting the photo studio does.

Source: Mary Jane Photography [2]

Face First

Zoom in and be sure to capture those precious early expressions side by side.

Source: Mary Jane Photography [3]

Use Texture to Your Advantage

The props and backdrop that you use sets the tone for the resulting photographs.

Source: Stephanie Cotta Photography [4]

Serene Shot

Capture those quiet, sweet moments of your babies interacting throughout the years. Absolutely priceless!

Source: Flickr user AmericanVirus [5]


We love the side-by-side juxtaposition of these fast-asleep — and wide-awake snaps!

Source: Stephanie Cotta Photography [6]

All About the Angle

Shooting your babies from above results in a straightforward, clear view of their little faces.

Source: Etsy shop Delight Crochet [7]

Best Buds

Take advantage of their flexibility during the early days and pose your babes in a loving embrace.

If you're looking for professional advice on photographing newborns, consider purchasing Stephanie Cotta's (the photographer who shot this sweet snap) SCP Newborn Posing Guide [8] — a comprehensive manual to photographing your new additions!

Source: Stephanie Cotta Photography [9]

Scaled to Size

The window during which you'll be able to fit both babies in a Moses basket or bassinet is such a brief one that it's worth capturing on camera.

Source: Flickr user snaphappydan [10]

Tangled Toes

"Don't forget their toes and fingers! It's cute how comfortable twins are with one another. They will roll around on the bed together somehow fluidly without hurting each other like other siblings. So if you let them just hang out together, you will get great shots of them holding hands, trying to grab the other's face, kissing, etc. These are truly the greatest shots." — Mary Jane Farnsworth, Mary Jane Photography [11]

All Folded Up

If you're working with a professional, make sure that they're skilled in posing newborns — first and foremost, you want to make sure that your babies are comfortable.

Source: Stephanie Cotta Photography [12]

Babies as Art

A black background and black-and-white treatment give this duo a sculptural feel.

Source: Flickr user snaphappydan [13]

Hanging Out

Let your little ones relax and do their thing. If you don't stress about getting the perfect posed shot, you just may be pleasantly surprised!

Source: Mary Jane Photography [14]

Sleep, Baby, Sleep

The first few weeks are the easiest time to arrange shots. Many sleeping newborns can be gently posed and propped without waking!

Source: Flickr user love_K_photo [15]

Up Close and Personal

Zoom in on those precious little faces — they seem to change every day during the early weeks!

Source: Flickr user teachercreature [16]

Create a Concept

Etsy [17] is chock-full of great prop shops. If you're looking to do something a little different, scour them until you find a theme that resonates.

Source: Etsy shop Mitzi Knitz [18]

The Name Game

While you know the quirks that set your infants apart, friends' and family's first question is likely to be, "Who's who?!" Make it clear with a set of adorable personalized outfits.

Source: Etsy shop Mimis Babies Props [19]

Showcase Individuality

"One thing parents will always tell you about twins, is that even though they may look alike, their personalities are dramatically different. So another trick is to showcase them each individually, while still having them both in the photograph. The way I do this is by having one twin in the forefront in focus, and the other twin in the background, out of focus. Then I switch them and do it again. That way, the parents can do something cool with prints in frames giving each twin their time in the spotlight." — Mary Jane Farnsworth, Mary Jane Photography [20]

Use Props in Moderation

"I love using hats and simple props. If there is a girl-and-boy twin set, give the girl a funny hat and leave the boy plain. It's really cute to showcase their sexes in a simple way. I am a true believer in 'less is more,' so a simple pink bow or funny little hat is all you need." — Mary Jane Farnsworth, Mary Jane Photography [21]

Mirror Image

"The great thing about photographing twins is the fun you can have with 'mirror imaging' them. Positioning them head to head is cool because it looks like trick imagery." — Mary Jane Farnsworth, Mary Jane Photography [22]

Allow Ample Time

"I typically plan on three to four hours for any newborn session, but twins may take slightly longer." — Melissa Deakin Photography [23]

Create a Familiar Environment

"We want to keep the babies comfortable and simulate a womb-like environment with extra warmth and white noise." — Melissa Deakin Photography [24]

Time Is of the Essence

"I prefer to photograph newborns within the first 10 to 12 days of life." — Melissa Deakin Photography [25]

Eyes Wide Open

"At times (if you are lucky), they will both be sleeping, yet it is also very special to capture the moments when one baby is alert and camera-ready while the other is still dozing." — Melissa Deakin Photography [26]

It Takes a Village

"You definitely need all hands on deck when you are photographing two babies. Utilize whatever extra sets of hands are available (grandmas, friends, etc.) throughout the shoot for feedings, swaddling, and helping to get the babies to sleep." — Melissa Deakin Photography [27]

Warm Up

"I ask mom to have the babies fed before I arrive (if possible) and also to turn up the heat so it is extra warm inside the house for those 'nakie' shots." — Melissa Deakin Photography [28]

"The most important thing about photographing newborns is that you must have lots of patience and go with the lead of the baby — and as expected, if you need patience and ease when photographing one, you'll need twice as much with twins!" — Melissa Deakin Photography [29]

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