james and i have been talking about buying a nice camera for the birth of baby #2. i love, love photography, but i have been hesitant to invest in a good camera for fear it would make me feel guilty if i ever got parker's pictures professionally done. when i look at professional photos vs. most people who try to take them at home with a nice camera, they never seem to turn out quite as nice. at the same time, i think half of it is actually planning a portrait time and setting up all of the props to make it look like a professional shoot. there is part of me that loves this creative aspect of it and even though i don't have photoshop (or the knowledge of it), i have http://www.picnik.com/ :).
we haven't reached a final decision on the camera (and i have no clue what to buy so if you have suggestions of easy to use cameras for $500 or less that look professional, let me know!). in the meantime i've been thinking about what makes a cute baby photo. i collected a few photos of sweet newborns and tried to find common themes in what works: