You know how these sessions go--you're telling your screaming, frowning, pouting child how much you love their sweet, little smile and how you will buy them a pony and put a swimming pool in the backyard if they will just smile. You're even resorting to saying the most ridiculous phrases ("pickles in pantyhose!"). You're even wondering if those potty words your child always giggles about would make them laugh right now. There is nothing you won't promise, won't say. Really what you want to be saying is, "I will spank you and put you in a time out and feed you liver and lima beans for the next week if you ruin this classy ensemble that I spent hours putting together." But you can't say those things even though you feel them to your very depths because once a child cries, you get that ugly, red, blotchy face that photoshop can't work out. I think these photograhy sessions are such an exercise in restraint and bad parenting.
Despite all this, I get so excited when I see that a fellow blogger has posted their family photos. I don't know, it's so magical to see everyone dressed up all matchy (not too matchy--that's lame) and looking so sweet. I don't know how everyone else's experience is, but I only got about 30 seconds of smiling from Owen. I was all out of bribes and Derek was all out of kindness, so this is what we got. I do love them and I do love my friend for taking them. So, if you're looking for a talented photographer, just let me know!