A BFF, baby and make-shift studio

One of my BFFs was promoted to Nana last December. I was fortunate enough to have been allowed to take her first grandchild’s newborn photos.

BFF temporarily moved back home from Colorado to provide child care for her grand girl for six months. Of course, we’re getting together regularly while she’s here (that code for “drink wine”). A week or so ago, we worked together on a photo shoot of her adorable 3-month old grandbabykin.

Newborn photos were taken at the home of the new parents. This time we did the session at my house. Remember, I have no studio with lovely lighting and props. I have a large east-facing picture window, a beanbag chair, beach towel clips and blankets. The morning of the event, I walked through the house looking for interesting props to use. Previously, I’d bought some cheesecloth and dyed them various colors in case I ever had the opportunity to take more baby photos.

BFF and her grand girl (DR) arrived and we quickly found out photographing a 3-month-old baby is vastly different from a sleepy newborn!

This was back in December compared to now. Then, she was a pliable little blob who slept through most of the session. She’s not so much a sleepy, little blob anymore! DR was wiggly, awake and extremely vocal about her preferences.

I shot all these photos on my camera’s manual setting. I’m working on getting more comfortable again using my own settings. I learned photography on a fully manual Pentax SLR camera in college. With the rise of digital photography, I found myself becoming lazy with the auto-everything settings.

Mercifully, there was a brief time when DR did actually nap…but only for about 20 minutes.

Awake again. Outfit change.

And since she was still awake after this series of shots, another outfit change. Heart basket/flowers found on the top of a refrigerator, dyed cheesecloths and my kitchen floor. She barely fit in it!

Yes, I do own a life-size teddy bear.

Three months is a fun age even though they aren’t able to control poses. My goal was to try to capture her personality at this point in time so her parents/grandparents would have these memories when she changes…again.

Blog hopping today with Comedy Plus for Awwww Monday. I hope “awwww” came out of your mouth more than once looking at this little cutie.

11 thoughts on “A BFF, baby and make-shift studio

  1. Oh my goodness. What an adorable little one. Almost as cute as my two great twins. I couldn’t help myself on that comment. She is a HUGE Awww and you both did a great job showing her off.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday, my friend. Have a great week. ♥

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  2. Lisa, I love you idea about dying cheesecloth various colors. Brilliant!

    Adorable photographs! OMG…what a precious little face she has. I especially like the black and whites because they have a completely different feel.

    Me too, I’m starting to use the manual setting on my camera more and more instead of auto-mode. I’m slowly learning and improving.

    That shot of her in the basket with the flowers is just darling.

    Well done, my friend. WELL done!

    Have a great week!


  3. If that’s a “baby blob” I’d like a whole lot of blobs all over my home! She’s adorable, your photos are beautifully creative and imaginative … what a treasure for her family to have. (We are especially fond of black and white images, striking.)


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