Newborn photo shoots are always tricky, but when you add two other young kids? That is a true challenge. Photographer Juliet Cannici and her wife Nikki recently welcomed twin girls Gia and Gemma, adding to their brood of 3-year-old twins Nico and Siena. So far, the now-family of six are getting along swimmingly. Nico and Siena were very excited to meet their new siblings; for months, they snuggled with Nikki’s belly, talking to the then-unborn babies. “Now that they [Gia and Gemma] are here,” Cannici told The Huffington Post, “they [Nico and Siena] are incredibly gentle with them, and love holding and feeding them. It is so amazing to see.” Naturally, Cannici wanted to capture her own twin photography to remember these fleeting moments.
When the newborns were just 11 days old, Cannici enacted her grand plan. She rented outfits from a children’s clothing boutique for her older kids and then set up her home studio. When it came time to snap the photos, however, things didn’t go as she hoped. “I was so set on capturing Nico and Siena holding the babies in the outfits I had rented,” she said. “But Nico and Siena were SO bored with me, the photos looked terrible. I was disappointed.”
Once Cannici realized that that the fancy clothes were out, she took Nico and Siena out of their costumes and let them play. Afterwards, the family reconvened in the studio where Nico and Siena snuggled with Gia and Gemma. “They immediately held hands and wrapped the other arm around their baby sisters,” Cannici said. “I got them to smile by asking them to ‘act goofy,’ which they recently decided is just a hilarious saying.” It’s then that she snapped the sweet photo of the four of them—Nico and Siena are all smiles as they each hold a twin. The candid portrait shows the heartwarming bond of siblings.
“I hope when people look at that photo they can see the true joy,” Cannici expressed. “To see our babies all together makes me feel such happiness and accomplishment. The joy you see on Nico and Siena’s faces is entirely genuine.”