I should have known family photos with difficult child would be a disaster, but still had hope that it would go somewhat well. We hadn't had family photos done in a long time because I knew difficult child couldn't handle it. But he's almost 6 and I just really wanted something for my walls. I spent a long time researching and found the perfect family photographer who has worked with lots of kids, including many with issues. She said she's seen it all. She was expensive, but I didn't care. I just wanted 1 nice family shot. I spent time buying our clothes and getting ready. I scheduled the shoot early in the day, before difficult child would be too tired. I bribed difficult child with going to Cold Stone after as well as being able to buy a new video game. Pretty good bribes I think. He agreed to all this...nevertheless...he had meltdown after meltdown. He insisted on wearing his favorite green hoodie instead of the nice soft gray sweater I bought him. So we are all in coordinating clothes, "business" casual style---and difficult child is wearing an army green hoodie with patterns on it. In the family shots, difficult child was pulling my hair, jumping up and down, running out of the way, screaming etc. I can't imagine we got anything half decent. He's probably going to be a blur in all of them. There goes hundreds of dollars I paid the photographer. I'm just really bummed. husband said, "well, what did you expect? We all knew this was going to happen." Well, yeah, I knew...but I guess I was hoping for a miracle!