After 11 months of struggling to find the key to a good baby photo, I discover props! Obviously no photo pro, but one step closer? Every month I hype myself up about sitting Emerson down and capturing the adorableness that I fall in love with many times a day. This has become more and more of a daunting task each month as she’s learned to roll, scoot, crawl and eventually walk. Hundreds of extreme close-ups, blurry frames and severed limbs later, eureka! I finally found a way to end this frustration — a good prop! I handed her a delicate and unfamiliar object to study and enjoy while I snapped to my heart’s content. Of course, now the trick becomes taking it back without upsetting her, but one thing at a time!