Just like we can’t all cook like Martha Stewart without a recipe, most of us don’t always know how to take a great photo!

Here are some tips that will help you get a winning shot of your little pride and joy:

Know your Child

You know what makes your baby smile. You know what makes them playful, gets them going and makes them want to interact with their surroundings. Some babies respond to particular music, others to certain games or toys. Pick a time of the day when your baby is rested and happy.  Avoid a photo session if your child is hungry or sleepy.

Take A Lot of Photos

Take as many photos as possible. Fortunately, with the advent of digital photography we can now take thousands of pictures without spending tons of money on film. Toddlers are busy so you may need to take 100 photos to get one good one. It’s better to err on the side of caution and take too many, rather than have to do the whole shoot over again from scratch. There is a magic shot among all of the goofy ones, we promise! 

Don't say "Cheese"

The objective is to capture the baby's natural expressions, so you do not want to force the child to force a smile or to pose. Give your little one lots of breaks and go with the flow. Consider giving him/her something to play with like hats, headbands, bubbles, mirrors, balloons that make them smile naturally—and have fun. Often the best pictures are the ones you didn't plan on taking.