It’s really hard to photograph my own kids! They have seen my cameras so often that they roll their eyes every time it comes out. And as any parent knows, kids like to behave worse for their own parents than for other authority figures. Ugh… they’ll have if I hire someone to photograph them, but if I do it myself, they complain.

      Then a couple days ago, a friend gave me a suggestion that made all the sense in the world. Pay them! Bribe them with money! It’s so obvious that I can’t believe I never thought of it before.

      “Hey kids, I have a plan. I will pay you each five dollars if you pose in the cherry blossoms for me for several photos.”

      The next thing I knew, I had the two best behaved, smiling kids hugging adorably under blossoms. It was that easy. Brilliant!

      This year we adopted Lucy, a golden retriever mix who is already the kids’ best friend.

      These photos were all taken along Wiehle Avenue in Reston, just north of Baron Cameron Road. There is a sidewalk lined with cherry blossom trees there, open to the public.

      (Please don’t touch or shake the cherry blossom trees at the Tidal Basin in DC or other parks. What my kids were doing in these photos is ok only because they are roadside trees in my neighborhood, not protected trees in a park.)

      So be sure to put a few five dollar bills in your pocket the next time you really want pictures of your kids. It just might work.

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      Charlotte Geary


      Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

      Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.