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Baby Photo Do’s and Don’ts

I wrote this as part of an Interview. It is the first post I have ever written for SEO purposes. (You should click on the links 🙂

Your little bundle of joy is home from the hospital; time to take an adorable picture of your bright-eyed offspring to send to all of the relatives. By now you have probably seen millions of baby announcements pasted to the walls at the OB/GYN. It might be tempting to go out on a limb and try something radically different. RESIST THE URGE. Baby photography is a subtle art, a little goes a long way and a lot goes too far.

Do: use some kind of photo prop for babies

Wicker baskets with fuzzy blankets never go out of style. If you don’t want a basket try a baby hammock. Use crocheted hats to add variety. It is okay to turn your baby into a little lion, monkey, or owl. The in-laws will love it. Just be careful which animal you choose. Lobsters are neither cuddly nor cute.

Don’t: use this opportunity to drop pop culture references

No matter how much you love Star Wars this is a baby announcement not Halloween. The infant Yoda costume you got in the bargain bin last year is out.

Don’t: include food items

As cool as it may look to surround the baby with shiny red apples you don’t want your great aunt to call asking if your family has turned cannibalism. Baby salad is always tacky.

Do: make use of photography backdrop stands

Even if you are taking the photos yourself, you want them to look professional. A backdrop focuses the attention of the picture where it should be, on your baby. It’s also a good way to cover up your 1970’s paisley wallpaper.

This is the only time your baby will be announced. Don’t ruin it for them. When it comes to baby photos, the good ones your relatives remember and the bad ones they won’t let you forget.

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