Babies are one of the most photogenic subjects—set up your shots right and precious photos are almost guaranteed. Using natural light is key, so get close, take a lot of pictures, and turn off your flash. The most obvious place for natural light is near a window in your home, but consider these other places you can find light to work with:

• A garage, just open the door and set up a mini studio inside.
• A doorway, look for light streaming in an open door.
• A car window lets light in and the baby is usually confined in a seat, this is a great opportunity to move in and get a close-up shot.
For more tips on photographing your baby, check out How to Photograph Your Baby by Nick Kelsh ($25, street)

—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger_