Thank goodness, the Washington D.C. meteorologists heard my urgent plea for a blissful September day – because the cooler autumn weather arrived right on cue. I was in the midst of a series of back-to-school mini-sessions, and the Z-P Family was the next up to bat. Jamie and I recently teamed up as co-chairs of the PTA at our children’s school, but this was the first time I got to spend time with the rest of her family – husband, Nate, and their two sons, Walker and Phineas.

As with most every family portrait shoot, there are candid moments that take place both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. In this case, Phineas and Walker staged a protest, making it clear that they were not at all interested in sitting together – even long enough for me to click the shutter button.

Thanks to a little diplomacy from Mom and Dad, we convinced the two boys to sit together for just a moment and suggested that Walker lean in to give his little brother a kiss on the cheek. Thankfully, I managed to snap a few frames before that tiny little kiss became more of a tackle. Boys will be boys, right? And little Phineas held his own, fending off Walker’s advances and teaching all of us the beauty of true spontaneity.