During the late 1800s, it took nearly 30 seconds of exposure time to produce a single photography. It was easy to take a photo of a inanimate object such as as tree or mountain, but what about when there were people involved. For the average person, keeping still for 30 seconds to have a photo made can be difficult. When there are babies involved, it become nearly impossible to have the little one keep still for extended amounts of time.
These parents found clever ways to keep their child still without being noticed in the picture. Many parents posed with their child but wore disguises so they wouldn't be seen in the photo. They usually hid behind curtains, fabric backdrops, chairs, and whatever else that could hide them from being in the picture.
Check out these photos of Victorian-era parents trying to hide themselves in baby portraits.