Babies are one of the hardest subjects to photograph because you can't simply say the cliché phrase "say cheese" and expect the baby to smile. While candid shots of a baby make for a great photo, here are some tips for taking photos that you will treasure for years to come. Get the right light. This may be as simple as aiming your camera away from the direction of the sun, or in other words have the sun at your back or to the side when filming. The best light is when the sun has not gotten too high in the sky or before the sun gets too low in the sky. Light behind the baby will cause the photo to be too dark. Use a flash if the lighting is inadequate for a photo. Attract baby's attention with a brightly colored object or you can attract baby's attention with a rattler or other noise maker. Make funny, almost goofy sounds and you'll probably get a laugh out of baby. Avoid staged looking photographs until baby is old enough to listen to commands or requests. Go for shots of baby when he is animated - such as when playing with a favorite toy or interacting with a loved one. These are some of the best baby photo opportunities that will arise.