"Oh, honey, look at mommy AND smile!!"
"That wasn't exactly a smile, sweetheart. Could you give mommy a real smile?"
"A little bit more real, honey?"
"Oh, that was perfect, but, EJ, look at mommy!"
And it only took 26 minutes, almost an entire SD card, 12 cookie bribes and me squawking like a parrot to get it.
And that, my friends, is the dance of the mommy Christmas card photographer extraordinaire.