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Photojojo offers this great idea for an alternative kid shot:
Step One:** Position your friend behind you and the child in front, with your friend holding the camera above your arms and pointing it down toward the child. Select a slow-ish shutter speed of 1/15 sec to blur the background.

Step Two: Spin!

Step Three: Once our giddy little subject is aloft, advise your friend to start snapping.

Step Four: Review your photos, and repeat as necessary.

There is of course a flickr group all about spinning your kid around, the photo above is by group member shoothead.
—Kathleen Davis
Assistant Editor