We arrived at Balboa and first dropped our stuff off at the beach where they immediately dove into the sand, covered themselves with soot from the fire pits and ate snacks that ended up all over their clothes. I always advise my clients to go with the flow; natural photos are better than clean, unnatural ones... easier said then done!!
When you've spent the time to pick a date, take showers, pick out clothing etc, it becomes very hard to let go. I'll admit it first hand, but as the session went on and as I slowly let go of my visions and instead let what happen, happen, my boys began to relax and enjoy themselves which lead to photos that captured the beauty of my kids.
Sometimes it is hard to relinquish control, but as I experienced myself, the best photos are taken once we drop our expectations and let the kids, well, just be kids.