GAP Model in the Making?

Lil’ J loves to pose for the camera and I love to take pictures of her, so we’re quite the team.

GAP is having a casting call for baby and kid GAP models. I went over to my friend/ photographer Tara’s house to take some of her 3 month photos today and I decided to snap a few myself while I was there (I don’t think they allow professional photos).

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Here’s some tips I’ve learned for taking pictures of my baby:

1. Natural lighting is best: I take photos outside, but in the shade so the sunlight brightens up the pictures. That way you don’t need the flash on your camera. It looks nicer and they’re almost never blurry!

2. Get real silly: I blow kisses and make faces at Lil’ J to get her to smile.
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3. Get their attention: Babies love to make eye contact so I get down on her level to get her to look in my direction–The direction of the camera.
4. Have food nearby: Lil’ J is happiest after she eats, and she likes to eat whenever I offer, so sometimes we’ll have nursing breaks, and she’s nice and stuffed after, willing to give me big smiles. I imagine it’s similar with big kids.
5. Know when to stop: Lil’ J loves taking pictures but she, like anyone else has her breaking point. I take a break and come back after a nap. (photo shoots wear her out).

Lil' J GAP Model
So how do you think I did? Not bad right? Maybe she’s a GAP model in the making?

Everyone who comments on this post before October 9th is entered to win a brand spankin’ new pair of GAP 1969 jeans. Followers and subscribers get an extra entry! Good luck!

*Thanks GAP for sponsoring this giveaway!

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  1. Those are some really good pictures. A whole lot better than I can do. I have been trying to learn a little about photography but I need to get a better camera. I’m asking for a Cannon camera for Christmas. You baby girl is so photogenic.

  2. enjoy posing her and taking easy pictures NOW! hahaha, wait till she’s mobile and won’t sit still… then they’ll all be blurry lol 🙂 and – cute pics!

    Emily @ babydickey.com

  3. She’s adorable. You did good snapping those pix and of course Lil J’ was a natural. I hope you win because you have a darling of a little girl 🙂

  4. You know, I would say being full is the same with big kids, but I have one, and he gets really silly after eating during pictures. Our newborn photo session for my youngest son, my oldest was falling and jumping and running and making extremely goofy faces. It took quite awhile to get a good shot. The rest is a beautiful mess.

  5. I am sure other mothers would love to read the tips about how you take photos of Lil J. Please come and link it up on Thoughtful Wednesday Blog Hop on my blog :)!

  6. This is so cute! I have taken so many pictures of my daughter… another baby – a boy this time – on the way in January and I know I”ll be snapping pictures left and right again. 🙂 So much fun.

  7. She did wonderfully!!!! Love it. Thanks for the tips…I am learning. I thought Layla would be the perfect GAP model, but they never bit! I tried. Maybe I will try again…she looks super cute in her GAP skinnies…

  8. I would totally vote for her, if there was someplace to vote- she’s make an awesome Gap model!

    Also, I wasn’t able to sign out my husband from Google just now, so here is my email address: butterflyrouge(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ~MJ

  9. She’s so adorable! Love the “Know When To Stop” tip…I always keep shooting pics and shooting pics wondering why they keep crying and won’t sit still anymore. 🙂

  10. I’d love to win a brand new pair of Gap 1969 jeans, and your baby is beautiful! Thanks for the contest! codisweepstakes2 (@) gmail(dot)com

  11. Thanks for the photo tips! My sister and I went in together to get a new Nixon D3000 camera (we are newbies)…so this tips will come in very handy. I think your photos turned out super cute! 🙂

  12. It’s almost impossible to take a bad photo of a child. Unless you leave the lenscap on or get your finger in front of the viewfinder. Children are always interesting to photograph.
    traymona[at]aol.com

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