Another hour passed and I actually got a couple useable images ... no smile however!! This is what Mom was looking for ... black and white with the red hat. This image can be created in a flash on your iPhone ... but it took some time in Photoshop to scrub out that Santa Hat.
More cookies ... you can tell how good they are working now!! In between every take we let him wander around ... he smiles ... we sit him back down and this is the result!!
Finally, having tried a bottle of hand lotion, his bottle of milk, cookies, diaper bag, dog toys and wrapping paper, I suggested we put the cookie UNDER the lights. Laying on the floor, I snapped a couple of quick ones as he crawled toward me looking for it!! You've got to be inventive with babies!!!!
Nana was over my shoulder squeaking the dog toy and waving his bottle for this one. By now, it's his nap time and he's had about enough of this nonsense!!
I decided this about the best we were going to do ... I had at least 5 images for Mom ... not EXACTLY the one she was looking for, but with a tired, hungry, snuffy baby, I didn't think we were going to get any better.
Five hours later, it was time to hang up the camera. Just like Santa, "B" was full of cookies and milk and ready for a long nap. As soon as I put him in the car seat, he was out like a light!! This model business is just too strenuous!!!
The good news is that Mom was thrilled with the images. As for "Kid Photography" ... be inventive ... be PATIENT!!! And if that doesn't work ... you just have to try again!!