Tiny toes. Gummy smiles. Darling dimples. Babies have all the makings of a winning picture. Add a little imagination and some fun props, and their adorableness is elevated to art. Move over, Anne Geddes. Flip through our album to see how photographer parents are creatively capturing their little ones.

Emil Nystrom

Swedish dad and photographer Emil Nystrom attests that preparation is key when photographing children. "I think the main thing to keep in mind is to be to be yourself, prepare well and be calm," he states. "Most children get tired after just a couple of minutes. So if everything is well prepared they’ll give you 10 amazing minutes. If you’re not prepared they might be tired before you even bring out your camera."

Photo courtesy of Emil Nystrom

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