OK, I reshot a bunch of photos last night- we audibled on the outfit, and came up with this little velvety red number (it even includes a festive hat). So the baby cooperated, but my studio still leaves much to be desired. I think it's time to invest in some slave flashes to take the place of my hot lights ("hot lights" = "lamps with the shades removed"). Because there is just no reason that this shot isn't perfect...there is no need for it to be so soft around the edges and oddly lit. I hate that I screwed it up.
ps- There is also a very cute series of "naked baby in santa hat" shots from last night. Alas, with the state of the world these days, I'd probably get arrested if I posted them. Hell, I'll probably get arrested for taking them. *eye roll*