I don't force photos. I have always thought enjoyable experiences with my camera were more important than bringing my camera to create an enjoyable experience.
I've never forced Ian to go out on a photo shoot with me. Ok. I have bribed him in the past. But most often he is a willing participant. We have fun. I get some photos I love. We continue to have fun. The camera is part of the experience, not the experience itself.
I really wanted Christmas photos to finish my 2011 calendar, get it ordered and off my to do list. I thought it would be easy. We'd run to Old Sacramento, find a wall. Shoot. Buy a small toy at Evangeline's as a treat. Be done.
I was wrong.
He didn't want to. So I got the face. When you shoot that face it only gets worse. There is no consoling.
So I stopped. Scrapped it for another day. Lesson learned. I'm not THAT mom.
We were walking away, resigned today was not the day. He looked at me, said one more and we tried again.
Not perfect. Not what I'd envisioned. But his cute self, none the less.
I've learned my lesson. I'll stick to My Photography. It is what I love most and keeps him the happiest. Tomorrow we'll have an enjoyable experience and maybe I'll bring my camera.