As a baby photographer I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help bring out shy smiles. Some babies like my little toys, some babies respond to tickles, a few like silly sounds, some like playing peek-a-boo. All babies respond to song. Sometimes it takes me a moment to find the right tune. I start out slow and soft and sometimes I need to go all the way up to a high energy tune. But there is always a sweet spot. Audrey’s Mom and Grandma helped me find the perfect song to bring out her little smile.
I think singing to your child is a dying art. If your mother didn’t sing to you. If you don’t know a handful of lullabys and silly songs, go to the book store. By a book or a CD and learn a few. Your baby doesn’t care that you don’t sound like Adele or Pink. Your voice is tailor made just for her! I wish I had sang more to my children.
Here is a good place to start!