1. Bathe your children, put them in cute clothes, style their hair and then tell them "don't move!". Because that always works so well.
2. You should probably pack them some snacks. I went with fruit snacks & granola bars, with water bottles. And then I realized the chocolate in the granola bars probably melted, and I didn't want little chocolate faces/hands/who knows where else they'd spread it, so bad move, mom.
3. You might want to take other stuff like bug spray, sun screen, and probably your camera (I really had to run back in the house for this).
4. Load everyone up in the car and drive until you find a spot. It's probably best to pick a public area, so you don't get shot at or something. We went with a local ball park for the first set of pictures, and our community park/court house for the second set.
5. Check the settings on your camera AND your lens. There's nothing like taking 20 pictures before you realize your white balance is wrong, and your lens is on manual focus when you were expecting automatic. See?
6. Take a crapton of pictures, because you're going to get a lot of stuff that looks like this. When you have more than 1 kid, realize you're probably going to have to do a headswap somewhere down the line, because it's physically impossible to get them all looking & smiling at the same time.
7. Go home and take the 250+ pictures off your camera. Realize that most of them are blurry, someone is moving, one of your kids is photoboming the others, or your smarty pants child is rolling their eyes at you.
8. Then realize you did get some cute pictures of the kids on their own.
9. Heck, you even got some cute pictures of a few of the kids together at a time!
10. The pics with the most personality? You let your kids run amok and be kids, much to your "sit in a line & look at me!" dismay.
11. Also? Never, ever sit your kids in front of a fountain and ask them to look at you vs. the water. Not going to happen.