Designed for individuals without a background in photography, this simple guide shows parents how to take the best possible photographs of their child's first year. It is filled with helpful hints for creating high-quality images using simple, inexpensive equipment. Covered first are topics related to baby's first six months, such as getting close, shooting in the hospital, capturing a first smile, and taking baby's first portrait. The second six months are explored next, with tips and techniques for catching baby at play, taking action and beach photos, and capturing baby's first swim, moments in the park, adventures with food, and special occasions. Photo projects that can be accomplished with such common props as a bouncy seat or a sunny window are included, and the three simple steps for setting up any photograph are explained. Included with each photo idea is a trade secret and a helpful tip.