I noticed my friend, Jennifer, was getting great shots inside and it didn't seem to have that "flash" look. She told me she was using a lightscoop. I bought one that day. It's a $30 gadget that fits on your camera and softens the flash.
I took the first photo WITH the lightscoop and the second with just my flash.
I can't believe I have not heard of this before! It does take a second to set your camera up to use it, but obviously not too long because Tyler stayed happy on his tummy long enough for me to do it!
I wish I had known about this sooner!
Before you run off and buy one of your own.. I'm going to be doing a giveaway for one in the next few days!