Before every family portrait session I connect with each family to learn more about what they enjoy doing together and also what type of images they enjoy the most and would love to display in their home. Do you prefer more traditional portraits that have you looking and smiling into the camera or do you prefer emotive photographs that allow for interaction with each other, touching and laughing together and show the connection within the family. Daniel and Natalie, like most of my families wanted a mix of both and so that is what we went for during this hour long session.
To loosen everyone up and help the family members, especially Ian who was not too sure about this whole thing, forget that I was standing there with a camera I gave different prompts that quickly created natural reactions. One of the prompts we used here was "Whisper into your kids ear any cereal that comes to mind but it has to be in a British accent". That creates giggles every single time and everyone just starts having a great time.