Children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we give them time to relax and capture their natural selves. Don't worry if your child is running about and active. Most of the images I take of children are captured while they are busy exploring. To get the family shots I simply direct the adults to simply "be" with the child, or hold the child and we go from there.
To get the most from your session make sure your little one has rested and has adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play but please bring dry, mess free snacks so their little faces stay clean for the session.
Offer a little reward for tolerating the session. The whole experience should be one of bonding and fun with a treat at the end.
Prepare your child for the session by letting them know a friend will be taking some photos of them. It's best not to surprise them. You can show them this photo of me so I'm not a total stranger