Oh Baby!

WHO: Benjamin Rusnak

WHERE: The Rusnak home

WHEN: Sept. 8, 2017

THE BACKSTORY: We didn't have to look far for our annual Having a Baby cover model. That handsome 3-month-old is Benjamin Rusnak, the youngest son of our production/design director, Craig, and his wife, Beth.

We asked colleague Emma Frankart Henterly to tackle the photo assignment since she does newborn portraits part time through her business, Elfie Photography. Her full-time job is serving as the editor of Columbus Weddings and special sections editor for Columbus Monthly, both sister publications of Columbus Parent.

Ben and Emma delivered with a series of oh-so-sweet photos that left us cooing. She took 400 pictures (she typically photographs babies at three frames per second) in about 20 minutes, and whittled the results down to 10 choices.

The challenge in photographing babies at that age is they can't yet sit up, and it's hard to get them to smile. “He was a trouper. He didn't cry at all,” Emma said.

Ben has two adoring older brothers, Jake, 5, and Sam, 3. Jake helped out by getting his new brother's attention—“He can make Ben smile,” Craig said—and by smoothing the blanket when Ben kicked.

Four outfit changes and four scene changes later, Emma packed up and Ben settled down for a long nap.