My kids are used to me taking their pictures.
"Oh, is this for the blog?" they say in a thoroughly bored voice.
I try to be sneaky and get those candid shots. Like the other day in Barnes and Noble when I came around the corner to see them all enjoying a book together. The youngest two in rapt attention. It was sweet. I did draw a few looks from other customers however as I crouched behind a book rack and stuck my arm over the shelf of Magic Tree House books to get this shot. They never knew I was there.
Sometimes they protest because mama paparazzi can be annoying.
"Let me drink my lemonade in peace mama."
Or there is the annoyed look to which I respond "Oh! Great one Ellie. I'm definitely using that one on the blog!"
Which is followed by the "Yikes! Is she serious?" look.
Then the giggle and cute smile I wanted in the first place.
Blackmail is a wonderful tool.