Consider this your giant P.S. blog post.
But before you go thinking - and I can hear you thinking this - "Well, you had TWO photographers there. Of COURE your kids behaved!" - let me clear up one thing.
First, they are my kids. I am their mom. This totally disqualified me as an authority figure at the shoot.
Second, we used bribery at Full Tilt that day. We threw in a handful of guilt. And we threatened. Oh did we threaten.
Yet we still had a few outtakes proving that no matter what, my kids are still my kids. (And truthfully, I wouldn't change them for anything.)
This is Sam. SO VERY Sam.
And here is David using a piece of found wood to practice defensive moves against his poor ol' mom.
Honestly, we were a little afraid that the above photos would be as good as it got. But alas.... we won. Joe conquered all.
And we went home a happy family.
Take-away: Let the kids play. Let them have fun. Let the photographer take charge. You will get your beautiful family portraits. Guaranteed.