We first started having annual family photo sessions when Zach was a wee babe. That was before digital photography had taken off (oh my....I'm old), and our first family photo featured a mom with terrible skin and an infant that looked like a startled monkey.
I have learned a lot since then, so I thought I would share a few tips I have picked up along the way.
Choose great outfits and accessories.
Draw on your Facebook resources to find a quaint college campus just a few miles from home.
Have a generous friend who will take your pictures for free.
Bribe your children with the promise of ice cream. Make sure your photographer friend has candy, too.
Keep a portable potty in the back of your van for preschooler emergencies.
Don't freak out when your son has bad aim and pees all over his pants.
Be prepared to look and sound like a total idiot while trying to get your baby to smile for the camera.
Act cheerful even when your patience is completely drained.
Make the photographer take your pictures from above so your chins disappear.
Be content with a family picture that includes at least one screaming child. And send that photo out on your family Christmas card.