Parenting Photography

Eleanor’s Monthly Photo Shoot (Video)

Eleanor’s monthly baby photo shoots are nearly at an end. She’ll turn two next month, and then I’ll be photographing her yearly instead. I used to carry her over to the chair each month for her picture, but lately she’s taken to hopping in on her own. She’s growing up, that little girl!

I take a hundred or so photographs each month, and from those I choose one image to share with you. Eleanor had a great time during our latest session, so I thought I’d give you a little peek into what our photo shoots are like. I created a video out of our still photos, and I’d say it’s just about the cutest thing ever.

Music: Toc Toc by The Lovers

As always, you can see all of Eleanor’s monthly photos here.

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  • Amanda
    April 4, 2011 at 10:03 am

    How did you find the perfect music? This is a gem.

  • Sarah
    April 4, 2011 at 10:05 am

    That one part looks like she’s saying “ooh la la”! Hahah it’s great!

  • Uchenna
    April 4, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Thank you as always for sharing so many beautiful pictures and memories with us. I always look forward to your posts.

  • Funnelcloud Rachel
    April 4, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Love this! I guess 23 month olds don’t like to sit still! ;)

    • Making it Lovely
      April 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      She loves rocking in that chair. She has for a while now!

  • Nina
    April 4, 2011 at 10:07 am

    never commented before, but had to today: so exceptionally adorable. nicely done.

  • Beth
    April 4, 2011 at 10:11 am

    You are so right – perfect music! So cute to see her chatting away and wiggling around. Great job, mama. I am so looking forward to doing stuff like this with my kids someday!!

  • Erin Howard
    April 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Such a cute idea!!!! I’m totally doing this when I have a baby. It’s so much cuter than a video. And she’s absolutely precious. I love that font, too, that you used. So girly!

  • andrea
    April 4, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Aw, that really made me smile.

  • Laurie
    April 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Sarah is right, so perfectly timed with the, “ooh la la” adorable!

  • holly | bijou lovely
    April 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Such a cute video!! Eleanor is adorable. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kathleen
    April 4, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I love that it looks like she’s saying “ooh lala, ooh lala” with the music!

  • Alisa (mrsbcs)
    April 4, 2011 at 10:27 am

    you never cease to make me smile and give me inspiration!

  • Rebekah
    April 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

    That is the cutest! Love the music too!

  • Jules
    April 4, 2011 at 10:29 am


  • Felicity @ Our Little Beehive
    April 4, 2011 at 10:30 am

    The oh-la-la’s are so perfectly timed!

  • Ashlea Walter
    April 4, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I love it when her legs get going! Reminds me of my own little wiggly worm.

  • Helen
    April 4, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Me encanta Nicole!!!, when I have a baby… I wanna be a mommy like you :*!!

  • Cherie
    April 4, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Nicole, this is crazy good. God has blessed you with super-cool mommyness.

  • Tracey
    April 4, 2011 at 11:07 am

    THAT was seriously cute! You couldn’t have picked better music for the video.

  • jbhat
    April 4, 2011 at 11:11 am

    What a sweet idea! Very cute video, very cutie girl.


  • Holly
    April 4, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Such a sweet video, feels like yesterday I saw the first picture of her on that chair… how time flies!

  • Christy
    April 4, 2011 at 11:28 am

    So, so cute. Wish I had done this with my kids but only discovered others doing it now that Katie is 19 months old. Oh well, hind sight and all. She’s so precious and I love the song you put with it.

  • Danielle
    April 4, 2011 at 11:49 am

    So adorable! What a wonderful momento to hold on to! :)

  • chrissy
    April 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    um this could be the cutest thing ever! i am going to miss her monthly photos… :)

  • Emily
    April 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    So fun! How’d you get the ooh la la to sync? That’s amazing!

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    April 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Nicole – that was the cutest video ever! I loved where she was leaning over and then did a v-sit. Too cute. I’m going to miss Eleanor’s monthly photos. Thanks for sharing them over the past two years. Has it really been that long?!

  • Pam
    April 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Had to comment – that was the cutest thing ever. Loved the music too! Eleanor will love that video when she is older.

  • Heidi S.
    April 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    So amazingly cute (and I love the haircut)! She is much more agreeable about sitting for pictures then my daughter is. Now that my daughter is 2, whenever I take the camera out and try and take her picture she shakes her hands and me and says “No pictures!”

  • Cathy
    April 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Oh my gosh that was absolutely darling! Cutie pie girl and the perfect music, thanks for sharing!

  • Lilly
    April 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    What a cute video!! And the song is awesome!! Amazing how quickly time is passing us by, just like that baby Eleanor is a big girl!! xo

  • Micheline
    April 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Adorable to the nth! That totally made my day. Love the music, love Eleanor!

  • Gwendolyn
    April 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm


  • Allison
    April 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I love that it looks like she is singing the song…EXACTLY…at one point! So cute!

  • Johanna
    April 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I have a question. I love this idea. What kind of software do you use to create the video? It’s so adorable and I’ve always wondered how people do it.

    • Making it Lovely
      April 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      I edited the photos in Photoshop (automated a batch, using actions, and it went quickly). Then I assembled the video with iMovie.

  • casey
    April 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    this is the cutest thing!! great job. i love it when she kicks her legs into a v! so funny.

  • Erika
    April 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    This is hilarious! I love how it looks like she is singing some of the parts. I want to do this with the monthly shots of my Little Guy! Such a great idea!

  • laurin
    April 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm


    i did one of my daughter in her eames too:

    we had to stop though at a 8 months when she would lean too far forward and almost fell out of the chair.

    • Making it Lovely
      April 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      I love it!

      There were definitely a few monthly shoots where I (or Brandon) was *just* out of frame, ready to step in! Luckily that phase passed quickly and Eleanor has been happy to stay IN the chair for the most part ever since. :)

  • suzanne cabrera
    April 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    SOOO cute!

  • jenn ski
    April 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I love this video! super cute :)
    I’ll be humming that song all day

  • Connie
    April 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Very cool video and music. It is nice to see that I am not the only one that has to take tons of photos each month to get the “right” one.

  • Crystal
    April 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I love the fast motion of the video. What an adorable idea…and I love the monthly photo shoots. I sent your photo shoot link to my friend who had a baby recently so she could copy the idea.

    • Making it Lovely
      April 5, 2011 at 12:00 am

      I love when people start up similar photo projects!

  • jan
    April 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Very cute!

  • Nicole
    April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    So cute!

    Can I plug for half-birthdays too? You can commit to twice a year… and they still grow a lot over 6 months.

    • Making it Lovely
      April 5, 2011 at 12:01 am

      I may do half-birthdays too — I’m not sure yet.

  • Amanda
    April 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    This is the cutest thing ever. And the music is perfect for it. It’s a great way to keep all of her photos from that shoot without having to fill up your hard drive with 100s of photos.

  • Jessicah
    April 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    So cute! I just watched it with my Eleanor (who is 11 months) and she LOVED the music. There was a lot of hand clapping and pointing at the screen. :)

  • Herta
    April 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm


  • Rachelle
    April 4, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Cutest thing I have ever seen! The music is perfect and she is so adorable.

  • ashley
    April 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    this has to be the most precious thing! i’ve enjoyed seeing her pics each month! i hope to do this one day when i have kids.

  • Kim
    April 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I love your monthly photos! I don’t have kids yet but love to look for inspiration/great props for when I do.

  • Megan
    April 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm


  • marlene
    April 4, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    you’re right. super cute :)

  • Mandy Hough
    April 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I love her chubby little baby feets. So cute.

  • Yvette
    April 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Love, love, love that video!!!!!

  • Heidi
    April 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Oh my! That was adorable!

  • Megan
    April 5, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Oh goodness! That’s so adorable! I love how it looks like she’s leaning forward and saying “oolala” with the music.

  • bec
    April 5, 2011 at 2:06 am

    That made me smile! Just adorable!

  • Melanie
    April 5, 2011 at 4:09 am

    adorable… love it!!

  • Lisa
    April 5, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Adorable! And about 33 seconds it’s timed almost exactly so it looks like Eleanor is saying “oh la la oh la la.” The beat was perfect.

  • shalini
    April 5, 2011 at 9:02 am

    You’re right, it’s too cute! Loved seeing it.

  • Sasha
    April 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Adorable! Going to miss her monthly cuteness. Maybe a quarterly photo shoot?

  • Holly G
    April 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    It looks like she is singing along with the song! Too cute!

  • casey
    April 5, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    oh how adorable was that! i loved it!

  • Gail
    April 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    This is too cute! Love her personality. How’d you create it?

  • Sam
    April 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Sooooooo cute! I am a sucker for French so that was just the icing on the cake.

  • Paula
    April 6, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Adorable! You did an amazing job with this! What software do you use?

    • Making it Lovely
      April 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      I edited the photos in Photoshop and created the video with iMovie.

  • ArticulateArt
    April 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Very cute video! A great idea! It felt like she was singing to some parts of the song!

  • Kalee
    April 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I agree that that is about the cutest thing ever. Loved it!

  • Milena
    April 8, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Uhlalala,j’adore ça!!!!


  • Jo in NZ
    April 10, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Just adorable – this really brought joy to my heart!

  • young
    April 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    So cute! And the music is perfect! :)

  • Charlotte
    April 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Adorable! What a lovely little lady she is!!!

  • Sammi
    April 26, 2011 at 3:55 am

    That is just too freakin’ cute! What wonderful memories :)

  • michaela c
    June 8, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Such a cute little busy-body.