Sweet P turned 6 months old!

So, after I posted on Friday I packed up and headed out of town for an incredible weekend (and didn’t go near the computer). I returned home to find an onslaught of crazy wonderful comments from you about my ‘blogging’ post. Thank you. Again, thank you.

My sweet, dainty little niece turned 6 months old recently. Lesley stopped by last week to bring me some tiramisu for my special weekend and I tried to get a few shots of Sweet P. I thought I’d share a few tips for those of you wanting to get pictures of your babies…at home, without a professional studio and with other kids running around.

Photo tip: Keep a collection of props and have them ready to go before you start taking pictures.

FireCracker has never kept headbands on long, but I can usually get one on long enough to get a picture. I pulled out a bunch of hers prior to Sweet P’s arrival and she thought she’d try them all on.

Photo tip: Set up the space you are going to take pictures in prior to starting. Play with your camera setting. Open windows all the way to let as much light in as possible. If you have older kids try to get them to sit in the area to practice your camera settings before bringing in the baby. Sometimes the older kids don’t want to help.

Photo Tip: If it isn’t your child, it is okay to ask the mommy to step out of the room. Sweet P was smiling for me until Lesley walked in and then she started crying for her mom. As soon as Lesley stepped back out…the smiles returned. I also have to shut the door to keep my older kids out of the room. If someone else is in the room talking to the baby most babies will look at the person talking instead of toward your big black camera.

Photo Tip: You don’t have to have a large space and great backgrounds, but you do need great lighting. Find a lot of natural light and create a spot. This is a bed in my daughter’s room. Typically there is a bright quilt and lots of pillows on it. I set them aside for a more simple background.

FireCracker wanted the baby so badly. It is fun to see Sweet P enjoying her older cousin a bit more these days. I see a great friendship in the works.

She was cracking me up with her faces. I know I am her aunt so I am partial, but SHE IS GORGEOUS.

These are both real smiles, but the second reminds me of a little girl fake smiling for school pictures.

Headbands from Lou&Lee, Snugars. Red visor from Twirling Betty. First quilt by my Aunt Sandy, second quilt by Rachel Denbow,

puffy white blanket from IKEA, last quilt by my Aunt Sandy.

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