I think it's so funny when a session starts with Mom saying, "good luck because...x-y-z-p-d-q". I always want to just give her a big hug and be like "honey... take a deep breath...we got this!"
If you saw our post from the other day, I shared my own stressful experience trying to get fall photos of my kiddo, then you know I've been there too. The mom trying to get the kid to stop running around, to listen, to stop choosing that moment in time to go unexplained crazy. But the difference is, as I discussed, that kids nearly ALWAYS listen better for someone they don't know (like yours truly) then for you. So when a Mom says "good luck" I know she's feeling hopefully optimistic but already a bit defeated too.
It's also my queue to know which kiddo is going to need extra attention, extra accommodations and who is really setting the mood of the shoot. Dana was no different. When they arrived she told me that her little was some what notorious for hating photos, so i knew my goal immediately was to charm this little stinker into being my new bff so that momma could FINALLY get photos of the sweetpea she so dearly loves...and not the kermugin that always appears for the camera.