Our 7:30 appointment shows up fifteen minutes early. We are excited because we close the studio at 8:00. The 7:15 is just finishing up. In my mind, I am planning my trip home...
As I start the session planning, I ask her who all is going to be in the photos....
"You are going to hate me! ::gigglegigglegiggle There is a 7-year old, a 3-year old, and a 2-month old. Plus we want to change their clothes four times. But we want to start with Christmas, them all together....."
This goes on for what seemed like ten minutes while I am feverishly scribbling something legible on the paper.
Flash forward through a screaming fit (three year old), a good old fashion cry (2-month old), much bribing with Skittles, McDonald's, and a train set (to the three year old by the mother) the father walking out after being told that he was absolutely no help ( I think he may have been sneaking some adult beverages and we shouldn't blame him) and nearly pulling the black backdrop off the track (the 3 year old again) and over an hour shooting time....
-One good shot of the group (Christmas)
-Three good shots of the seven year old (in three different outfits)
-One good shot of the seven and three year old (Christmas)
-One good shot of the seven and three year old (matching polos)
-Three good shots of the baby nekkid (profile, mother and baby, baby feets and mom's hand)
-One good shot of the baby (Christmas)
-Three shots of the three year old pouting in various outfits
The moral of this story:
If you don't feed your child prior to a 7:30 photo shoot, you will get what you get. My magic wand is in the shop. Futhermore, if you use bribery to get what you want from said three year old, even he will know that "one more time" means nothing. Especially with a pocketful of Skittles.