I still wanted pictures of Elanor though. So, I set up my own little studio in Elanor's room (as it has the best natural light in the afternoons) and tried to take pictures. I used a white curtain and draped it over the back of a large arm chair and then collected items for Elanor to hold and look at while I took pictures. My camera, as I have mentioned many times, is just a point and shoot (and 4 years old), so the quality is just so-so. Elanor was not all that easy to work with, as she kept walking off and did not like having to stay put. I edited the pictures a little in Picasa. I mostly just brightened them and changed the filter (B&W, sepia, antique).
How do you think they turned out? I put her in my grandma's baby clothes, which I love! So, if you are in a similar situation as we are (no money), try making your own studio and get some great pictures out of it! Picasa is free by the way and has so many editing tools that are fun to play around with. I am definitely going to do this again, but probably when Tyler is around to keep Elanor contained and entertained.