I was booked for an extended family shoot today; 5 kids and 9 adults. The family was coming together this weekend to celebrate a birthday and since they would all be together it would have been an opportune time to score some shots as a family. I guess the party went a little late last night (ahem) and, I was told, one by one the adults starting “opting” out of the shoot. When I arrived, even 3 of the kids decided it was a no-go. Musta been some party!! I say, “No problem!” and just head to my car to start pulling up my props and accessories. By the time I arrive back with my 2nd load of stuff, all of the kids were piled around the trikes, wagon and bags of goodies. I started showing them all the fun accessories I brought and I couldn’t believe the reaction I got as I started pulling colorful hat after hat out of these seemingly bottomless bags-o-fun. I felt like Mary Poppins–minus the coat rack and floor lamp. So, for at least a fleeting moment or two, I did have the full attention of all 5 kiddos. And then they were off….