It doesn't get any better than this for painting reference.
This pic helped show personality but she had that deer in the headlights look. Let's see what we can do.
I decided to keep her contemplative expression, but add just the hint of a smile and have her enveloped in a sea of pink. I didn't define an edge to the pink as I wanted the viewer to have the option to imagine her enveloped in pink clouds, blankets, cotton candy or whatever.
A close up of the little gal's chubby cheeks. She's part Cherokee and has the loveliest complexion to frame her blue eyes.
Babies hands are so difficult to draw. You have to remember pudgies and dimples. The photo was great so I stayed true to the reference here.