Lillian’s Behind The Scenes

Every month I do a little photo shoot with our daughter, Lillian, to see how she has grown up.
She has become increasingly mobile which has made it increasingly difficult πŸ™‚ This has made it official. My husband has no choice but to be involved in these shoots.

I have gotten a few compliments and questions as to how I do it so I thought we could do a little behind the scenes look at how this so called “magic” happens.

First, you start with a freshly napped baby to almost guarantee no tears.
She will most likely show off her little white teeth πŸ˜‰

Lillian's Behind The ScenesLillian's Behind The Scenes

Then you have some food and some nakey book reading time, because really, who doesn’t enjoy that?
Plus it gets out SOME of the wiggles

Lillian's Behind The ScenesLillian's Behind The ScenesNext, you find a cute cloth diaper and let the oh-so-curious, needs to be groomed badly pups join in on some of the fun
Lillian's Behind The ScenesThis next step is one of the most important ones. Lots of kisses!
Lillian's Behind The ScenesThen you find a fun background. My personal preference and recommendation is neutral neutral neutral. You don’t want any major distractions. You also want it fairly easy to set up each time.
I’ve chosen the rocker in our nursery.Β Lillian's Behind The ScenesGet her down on the chair, snap a couple shots while she moves all around and adjust your settings accordingly.
Lillian's Behind The ScenesMore love from dad while mom adjusts. Let’s try again!
Not quite the direction I was hoping you would face…

Lillian's Behind The ScenesI HIGHLY recommend having someone else with you to make sure baby doesn’t fall off whatever she is on while she dangerously explores her environment πŸ˜‰

Also time to move the chair to get some better and more evenly distributed lighting.Lillian's Behind The ScenesWho wants to sit when you can crawl? Crawling is the bombdotcom

And this standing thing is just SO much fun!Lillian's Behind The ScenesThere we go! Daddy got her to laugh. Not exactly in my direction but beggars can’t be choosers!Lillian's Behind The Scenes

I then throw it photoshop and put some text on top.
Wa La! Magic!

I wish I could say it was just these few shots but I took well over 60.
It’s a process.
A process that is very much worth it.
I’m looking forward to having each month of her first year captured with some little highlights.

OH! and make sure you check and double-check your text for errors….or save it in a format you can edit it in. OR you might end up looking like an idiot. “a long” vs. “along.” Well crap. There is always next month.

Any other tips from experience that you can think of??

  1. Bryan Ruesch says:

    Awesome Melissa! Karen, twins and I all love reading and seeing these posts and photos of your precious baby :-). And your photography is really beautiful!

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