When they walked out of their car, I was thinking to myself "yup, nailed it on the outfits, and totally beautiful family." We had the golden light too, so I was pumped for this session. But sometimes as much as you try and have everything in place, you have a child who just isn't feeling it. In this case, their little Rozelynn woke from her nap but wanted to keep sleeping. [I mean who can blame her?!] I pride myself in being able to work with kids, I mean I have three myself and I was a past teacher. But even after pulling out the gum [I am not afraid of bribery with parents permission] there was nothing we could do. So I kept shooting and these are the ones I got with a crying three year old. I think they are beautiful and reveal life. I share this because it's easy to think either a) sessions aren't that hard b) I have a strong-willed child, family pictures are just not an option. Most sessions come with some sort of challenge, whether weather, lighting, family dynamics, etc and most family sessions come with a child who doesn't love it. And that's okay! I believe family sessions are always important, no matter the season of life you are in and I'm willing to push through in our session for it. I always say, the pictures I take aren't just for today, but for the years to come, to look back on and let the images trigger memories from that season. The Ramos loved their gallery despite the challenges we had and they are excited for another session in the future!