We celebrated with a photo shoot at the Japanese Garden in Seattle. I must admit I have not been into that section of the Arboretum before. (You have to pay admission, and my son tells me I am “all about cheap.”) I decided it is a gem worth paying for. If for no other reason than because you are supporting something good, which needs money to continue. It is beautiful and serene, and we had a wonderful time.
I’ve decided four is a difficult age to photograph. He is old enough to notice there is a camera pointed at his face. Not quite old enough to look natural. And definitely not old enough to have any idea what I am talking about if I tell him how to pose, or have the ability to hold a pose if I physically set him up and then run back to a good distance. Tricky. My older kids are great at talking and telling me jokes to loosen up, so I can get great smiles out of them. This eventually worked for Little Guy, too, but it took a while. Enough time that he would rather have been done by that time. If you have any great tips for successfully wrangling a four-year-old, please share!