3. Background Matters: Ensure the background of the photos are clean, no dirty laundry, no washing machine and of course no messy kitchen! Only a clean background makes a great photo.
4. Find out what brings a smile to their face: Some may like their usual toys, most babies have special giggle sound that only parents know about them, try that! Some may like 21st-century gadget toys. Whatever it is, you need to have a clear idea of what exactly makes them smile before the shooting starts.
5. Get to know your camera: of course! but trust there are many settings on your camera that if adjusted properly, can make a huge difference in the final result. You don't want to know about your camera right before shooting, or you don't want to shoot just by luck! Learn how you can adjust the ISO or Speed.
6. Don't let them feel small: You should always come down to their level. A good rule of thumb is to come down to their level. You don't want them to feel that you want to do some strange action from the top. This will make them feel calm and trusted.
7. They get bored soon, so keep it short: I don't know how parents expect their little ones stay happy for hours. From experience, 40 minutes is an absolute maximum, and 20 minutes is the most suitable.
8. They'd love copying you: Just do whatever you expect to do, trust me they'd prefer rather imitate what you are doing than just listening to you!
9. Bring their favorite one: Find out among all of their toys which one is their favorite and make sure you have it ready for the photo shoot. This might be your last resort on the shooting day! This will not only help to capture a special smile but also you will document what was their favorite toy at the time, so great way to save memory too.
10. Put on attention grabbers: Why not wear something to grab their attention? Generally, funny hats and bunny ears work the best. Just make sure you go behind the camera if you want them to look at the camera!