Oh, the things we put our babies through for a professional photograph! We do all the necessary prep-work, making sure they're cleaned, fed, and napped. We bring their favorite toys and make sure we're in the bubbliest of dispositions so that everyone's happy for picture day. We dress them in their cutest outfits . . . or don't dress them at all (What is it with naked baby pictures?!). Then we plop them down on a table, often covered in fuzzy or billowy fabric; step away from the table, thereby making the child feel suddenly abandoned; tell the child not to look at us but rather at the complete stranger who is making both funny faces and funny noises while simultaneously flashing bright lights at the child; and then expect them to be completely thrilled with this situation.
"I don't understand why she doesn't smile," we say.
Question for you: How did your baby do on picture day? Personally, I have some pretty pouty first pictures of my eldest.