It's the time of year when we all hope to stage that perfect family photo for the annual holiday card. But often "perfection" can be more elusive than Bigfoot, especially when photographing small children.
"Could you imagine trying to get them to cooperate? To sit still?" asked Nicholas Lopez, referring to his two adorable daughters, ages 2 and 4. "By the time you got them to sit still, they'd be up. And then you'd have to chase. I couldn't even imagine the amount of time it would take to do something like that."
So Lopez hired Missouri City portrait artist Alisa Murray to do the dirty work this holiday season. And Murray has plenty of tricks up her sleeve.
"Even those of us who are professionals, you don't go in the studio and shoot ten shots and get the perfect shot," explained Murray. "You shoot 150 shots and you get the perfect shot."
Coping with kids requires patience, Murray says, and a willingness to be ridiculous so as to coax some smiles.
"For me, I make all kinds of silly noises," said Alisa Murray. "And of course there's always bribery."
By the time the Lopez girls finished their shoot, Murray owed each of them three lollipops. The girls – not to mention mom and dad – left happy, instead of frustrated.
"We enjoy this," said Nicholas Lopez. "Every so often we get to do this and we have pretty special memories."
FOX 26 News asked Alisa Murray to compile a list of her top ten tips for the best holiday family photos. To view Murray's tips, click here: