I have also grown over the yrs when it comes to taking the PERFECT picture!!! One yr I was snapping away freaking out cause they kids weren't smiling PERFECT, were squirming all over the place, everyone was messing with each other...OMG how was I going to get the PERFECT picture to send out to all our friends and family!! Soo frustrated and ready to just completely lose it with the kids..I was miserable!! I wasn't enjoying taking their picture..there was NO magic in the photo!! The memory of taking the picture would not be one I treasured AT ALL!!! It was up there with stepping on a lego piece in the middle of the night!
Then my wonderful hubby said "Why not let them just do what they want and snap pictures non stop for a couple minutes...What you get is who they are NOW"
OMG, what he said made PERFECT since!! My kids aren't the kind to sit there and smile pretty, they have personalities and I am trying to make them a photo frame pre packaged image picture!!
So that yr the kids did whatever they wanted...and OMG they laughed, I laughed and we got the BEST shot ever!!!! Still one of my most favorite pictures....it truly showed who my kids are!!
I look back and laugh and remember that photo shoot my heart truly feels with what my family looks like!!
I write this to remind you to ENJOY the moment!! Let your kids be who they are NOW cause they change so fast!!! And before you know it they are grown men and women.
I hope this helps those trying to desperately trying to get the PERFECT PHOTO!!! :) Perfect is making the memory and being able to look back and remember who they were THEN!