And Maybe Become an Insta-Celeb Too.
Laura Izumikawa's photos just about broke the internet.
We think they deserve extra brownie points because, for once, here are some insanely viral pics that don't feature anything even remotely Kardashian-related. (Yeah, believe it or not!)
After the birth of her daughter, Laura - a professional photographer - found herself floating on that amazing cloud of baby-induced fuzzy love that envelops you while you watch your little one sleep.
As it turns out, her baby Joey likes to sleep. A lot.
She'd snooze so deeply that Laura could do just about anything next to her without waking her up. So, being the creative mind that she is, Laura dug out props, fabric, accessories and her trusty camera and...a star was born.
When Laura's shots started to go viral just a few short weeks ago, they very nearly caused Instagram to shut down. Since then, they have garnered thousands (actually, more like tens of thousands) of social shares, likes and views.
To date, Laura's Instagram account has a skyrocketed to a whopping 413K+ followers. (Whoa!)
So, what is it about these pics that makes them so cool?
Because they make every mom sit up and think, "That's so awesome! I can do that too with my baby!"
While we're not setting out to try and duplicate Laura's (and Joey's) success, by following in their footsteps, you can create some very, very awesome baby pics of your own.
So here are some ideas and tips to help you set up your very own Joey-and-Laura-inspired photo shoot so you can capture some priceless pics of your own. Just make sure you've charged your smartphone or camera in advance!
How Do I Get Started?
It really is this simple:
- Choose your theme or inspiration. Do you want your baby dressed up like your favorite musical artist, a character from a well-known movie, or a random famous person? Having a clear direction in mind is the key to success here.
Gather your gear. Get everything you need ready - clothes, wigs (if using), and accessories. Be sure to bring a range of props as it's these little touches that will make your pics far more authentic. Think: a toy chameleon and a frying pan for Tangled's Rapunzel, or a mini guitar and a leather jacket for your Jon Bon Jovi in miniature.
SUPERHERO TIP: To make things easier, try to get your little one dressed up as much as possible before they fall asleep. Leave the final touches for when they fall asleep, and then you'll have no problem setting up the perfect shot.
- Don't forget the backdrop. A great background is just as essential as the perfect costume.Smooth a plain-colored sheet over your baby's sleeping surface. FYI: white is usually the best for the clearest pictures, but really, any bright, plain color will do.
Time to Get Snapping
Not so fast. Don't try to finish setting up your scene or start taking photos in those first few minutes right after your baby has fallen asleep.
Babies can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes to get out of light sleep (where they can easily wake up again) and into deep sleep (where they're far less likely to be awoken if you move them gently).
So be patient for just a few minutes longer. Once they're finally sound asleep, you can add the finishing touches to your scene and get snapping!
Eat your heart out Anne Geddes! :-)
SUPERHERO TIP: Try to incorporate as much natural lighting in your pic as possible, rather than relying on your camera's flash. You don't want any sudden noises waking them up in the middle of the perfect shot.
2ND SUPERHERO TIP: Make sure the room is pleasantly warm. They're also far more likely to stay fast asleep if they're warm and cozy (but not if they're sweaty, or too cold).
Okay, That Was Fun. So, Now What Do I Do with All These Cool Pics of My Kid?
For starters, you can upload them to your social networks to share with your loved ones, but why not continue on your creative streak?
- Get them compiled into a photobook or calendar as a wonderful Christmas gift for grandparents and extended family
- Have them printed on mugs or keychains for coworkers and friends
- Use them as birthday party invitations, holiday-themed greeting cards, special announcements, or whatever your heart desires! (Just be sure to save a copy for your little one's 18th birthday.)
What will you do with yours?
With love - the Lil' Baby on Board Team