As parents, we love taking lots and lots of pictures of our adorable babies. But it can be hard to capture those special smiles and irresistible dimples on camera, since you can't tell your teeny model to pose. What to do?
One surprisingly affordable option is professional photography. Many cameramen and women specialize in shooting children and know exactly how to capture them at their most adorable. The best savings to be found are through large department store chains. For example, Walmart's Picture Me Portrait Studio gives you over 30 portraits taken by an ace photographer for only $7.99. Simply go to pictureme.com to see a gallery of baby shots, to find the studio nearest you and to book an appointment. Sears, JCPenney, and Target may also have photo studios close to your home.
Another option: Barter your own talents (tutoring if you're a teacher; carpentry if you're a woodworker) for those of a photographer in your area. The free website U-exchange.com can match you up with a photographer who is willing to work in exchange for bartered services.
Whether you go pro or go it alone, there are five secrets to taking a great baby picture:
This article was written by the publishers of Parents and American Baby magazines.
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