It was super easy and a lot of fun. Here are a few tips in case you want to give this shot a whirl.
1. This is a two person job. You need one person to hold the camera, and the other to make sure your precious baby isn't getting electrocuted. Lights in the mouth=BAD!
2. Depending on the look you are going for (I wanted to be able to see some of the tree)...you don't need to do this in the dark. You can adjust your shot in post production to make it darker, anyways. I recommend doing the shoot during "magic hour" light, which for this time of year is around 5 pm. Try to avoid using your flash. Work with the natural light coming through your window.
3. I only wrapped little mans waist and one of his shoulders (Prince William sash style, lol), otherwise they can get tangled around easily around their arms. Hot mess!
4. I took the shot before we decorated the tree, which kept the focus of the lights on him. But, a decorated tree would be cute, too.
5. If you are shooting in RAW, adjust your white balance for auto, it allows really soft, ambient light.
6. Your little one will be so busy playing with their new toy that you'll be able to catch them in some really sweet candid moments, so don't worry about having to distract them. After all, you want to capture them in their moment of wonder!
7. Put your camera down, even if just for a second...and just watch. This is a moment you'll cherish forever!
Here's the light of my life...
Have fun and Merry Christmas!!!