Something happens when you let go.
It won't be that pristine posed photo where everyone's arms, legs, and gazes just happen to be perfectly aligned. It will be a genuine portrait of you and your family, connecting with one another.
I let your kids be kids. Which means they may cry or refuse to look. Or they may walk up to my lights, or decide there's something interesting across the street. I can make any and all of this work.
Some of my favorite photos have been when a toddler stood on his dad's legs because he didn't want to sit down (so he looked like a little explorer on his dad's lap), or when, instead of sitting on the steps, a little girl stuck her hand through a neighbor's fence to pick rose petals. Then there was the time that a boy felt shy and clung to his grandma. The look on her face then was incredible.