This holiday season I bring you a whole new version of "Christmas With the Kranks", the most favored of holiday movies at my parents house. This "Christmas With The Cranks" involves one very cute, but very unhappy little guy.
Shainna sent us this attempt to do a cute holiday photo with the newest man in her life, check it out:
Babies in Christmas gear! Let the "ohhing" and "awwing" commence!
"While pregnant, I saw so many cute DIY newborn Christmas pictures. Since my son was due in November, I was really excited about the idea of trying them! I even knitted my son a special hat to wear in the photos. When he was a couple of weeks old, I decided it was time to try one of my favorites, the baby in the stocking picture...Mine didn't quite turn out like that...he didn't fit well in the stocking and got very upset about that. I thought my plush red blanket background would have worked well if anything else had. The lesson learned here is that sometimes, it's just worth it to pay a professional!"
My advice here is only one word, Benedryl. I kid, I kid, (kinda) haha.
But in all seriousness, there a few things to make this a better experience for all involved.
-This may seem obvious, but wait till baby is asleep (milk drunk anyone?), if your baby isn't a sound sleeper, you might need help from another individual to prop baby into the stocking. Two is better than one here.
-Measure your stocking before hand, I would even recommend doing a ridiculously huge sized stocking, just to be on the safe side. An added bonus is that it might make baby look even smaller, and well people just love tiny little baby things so I don't think that wouldn't be a bad thing.
In the original it looks like they may have even strategically placed the stocking on top of baby, so that may be an option.
Obviously I don't have a baby on hand at the moment, but if I did I would totally try this out and figure out what works best.
However I did find a site full of newborn photo how to's! She has some good tips, and way more experience on this topic than I do, check it out:
Marquette has done a few newborn shoots, so once she gets back in town (she is on a photography business trip), I will have to ask her what she does to make sure baby is happy during photo sessions.
Shainna I think you should keep the photo, it will always be cute reminder of just how little he once was and come with the memories of your brand new little family.
Happy Monday Pinstrosipeeps!