How to get the Kids to Behave....you don't.
The best way I have come up with getting terrific family shots, is to let the children free and be themselves.
Forget I am There to take Pictures
I talk a lot...and I mean a lot. After a few minutes you will completely forget my purpose for being there and start enjoying the day.
During the Session
My experience has been: At the beginning of the shoot, Mom is repeatedly stating she hates her picture taken, Dad is trying to hide, the kids are shy...by the end..Mom is laughing, Dad is hogging the camera and the kids are thinking of their own locations, poses for the next shot. Everyone is relaxed and can't wait to see the pictures to share, laugh, enjoy and relive that day.