The Real Baby Pictures

We sort of skipped out on Valentine's Day this year since hubby had to work and Baby S and I are still recovering from being sick. Instead I attempted Take 2 of S's 7-month photo. I gave it a go on the actual day she turned 7 months a couple weeks ago, but short of tying her up or duct-taping her down, I just couldn't get a great shot. 

I used to be a portrait and wedding photographer (I know, everyone's a photographer these days, amiright?), but since I don't have my studio equipment anymore, I set up a makeshift studio in my living room with a bed sheet and Christmas lights, sheepskin, baskets, or whatever props I can find lying around the house. 

I could pretend I get the perfect shot every time, but here's how it actually goes down--the real reel, if you will (you see what I did there?).

Take 1:

Take 2:
Just loungin' here, or what?

The key to taking your baby's photo is to just go with the flow and capture what you can that brings out her personality. In the end, I didn't get the exact shot I wanted, but I did capture these little gems:

Happy Valentine's Day!