I have yet to meet a parent who isn't bargaining with their children to have a great session. I'm guilty too, I try Kinder joy eggs, happy meals and stickers. This often results in me saying "your not going to get ...." and still giving whatever I'm bribing them with anyway.
This mama bargened with their own build-a-bear. This tactic worked great for these cuties.
As a family photographer, I try to make the session fun for the whole family. So hopefully not too much bargaining is required. Yes, I like to take those perfectly posed portraits BUT I more importantly want everyone to enjoy the moment. When my little clients are enjoying themselves, I'm able to capture their honest and genuine smile. Its so much more then saying "cheese" its enjoying a stroll in the park with your loved ones and capturing memories of their childhood.