While photographing Azalea I decided that I needed to call in the big guns. Sometimes it is hard for a little person to feel comfortable in the studio. They have no idea who I am. I am making them sit all alone and they are in a totally unfamiliar environment. My ace in the hole is the assistance of my children. When my kids were young if I wanted to have a minute hands free to get something done around the house I would sit them in front of the TV (please don’t judge) and turn on “Baby Mugs”. It was a 30 minute video chalk full of babies and children smiling and laughing. That’s it… just mugshots of toddlers. Babies are fascinated by other babies and children. If my kids are home I almost always will ask them to assist me during a “baby” session (not a newborn session) to help make my little friend comfortable and smiley. And it almost always works. With a little help from my 4, 8 and 12 year old assistants I can get brilliant portraits. Zaley’s mom sent me a message after the session mentioning that it really does take a village to raise a baby – or in our case get amazing portraits! So true. Enjoy the outtakes!
PS…Zaley’s awesome Daddy made this new prop for me! I am in love!!!