I was a teacher for over 10 years. Most of the families I photograph have young kids. And I’m also a mom. One universal truth that I know from experience: You can’t always make children do what you want them to do! So what should parents do if their kids become overly spirited or even defiant during a photoshoot? Take a deep breath, and love them through those moments when they aren’t cooperating. If their parents are there–ready to tickle them, twirl with them, snuggle them, and love them–that smile will peak out despite all their best efforts to hide it. And who knows, your favorite picture may end up being the one of your toddler working really hard to hold onto that pouty face while trying not to smile at a goofy face that daddy makes.