My weapon of choice, a Canon 40D. The prize for patience, good attitudes, and non-cheezy smiles: popcorn and an Icee. Deal.
I took the kidlets to the stadium in town yesterday morning to take their summer pictures. I was getting a bit bored with locations around the house, and I knew that the campus shouldn't be too terribly crowded right now...give it a couple of weeks, and it will be a mad house. I love our city in the summertime...so quiet and non-trafficky. The kids did great this time around. In fact, there were no stern faces or sighs of exasperation or harsh tones coming from yours truly. I would say that due to all of this, it was probably the best shoot I have ever had with them. Let's just say that photographing your own children when they are fully aware of all your tricks is not an easy task.
I mean, it took me sticking the lens cap behind my glasses and yelling out "Argh Matey!" at a decibel that would put some lawnmowers to shame to merely get all three of them to even look at me in the following shot. Obviously, they were still not amused by their ridiculous mother's antics. However, the guy whose stealth footsteps brought him within ear shot of the scene was amused.
All in all, it was a productive and fun outing. We finished fairly quickly and before it got too warm in the morning. Nate handled the heat really well, and the girls had minimal complaining. I'd call that quite productive. And we ended up with some pretty cure pics to boot. At least good enough for some popcorn and an Icee.