The key to taking great pictures when you live in a place that doesn't get much light (like my apartment, which is totally blocked by trees and doesn't get any natural light whatsoever) is using a light box.
It doesn't take much to build a good light box. Here is a list of all that you will need:
1 good sized packing box. We have moved so much that we have about thirty of them laying about (Actually, that's a lie. We have about thirty of them still filled with all the things we know we will never need, but I can't bear to throw away in the event that we do need it someday. Like miniature Gap jean jackets, which are too uncomfortable to stick a new born baby in, but too small to put a baby who is over 8 lbs in).
White tissue paper
Tape and a craft knife
White poster board
First, you will want to cut windows in three sides of the box. The box becomes very flimsy, so be careful!!
Next, chase your ten month old away several times and plead for your husband to take her so you can get your project finished.
Give up on chasing said ten month old, after she tries strangulating herself on one of the box sides.
Convince husband that building your light box is key to running a successful business, and that the only way to do that, is for him to physically hold ten month old until you are finished as she is known to never leave Mommy's side, especially when Mommy is doing something that does not involve her.
Next, begin taping the tissue paper to the sides and top of the box.
After successfully and painstakingly taping up two of the sides, begin chasing ten month old again, because husband has forgotten to watch her and is too engrossed in football to notice baby destroying project.
What are you crazy? Who builds things out of flimsy cardboard boxes and tissue paper, anyway!!!
Okay, some people do. And for those of you who are interested in a working tutorial, check out this one by Strobist.