Having snacks, lollipops or a toy that brings a smile are helpful to have on hand ~
Create a checklist of the type of photos that you want and share it with your photographer beforehand.
For us, this includes remembering to get one of just me and my husband.
And individual pictures of each of our 4 kids
And one of just YOU.
Secret pro tip: ask your photographer if she does head swaps so you are guaranteed to get one of everyone looking at the camera (this is very helpful for large groups or if you have small children!)
See more on my blog, Shining on Design ~ search "holiday"