I side-eyed the hell outta the family with the obeying kids, who sat in their corresponding studio portrait positions and calmly said, “Cheeeeeese.” Even after the puff of the shutter and the flash going off, they had still remained seated. What kinda freaks are these people? Better yet, what did the mom lace their morning cereal for such angelic children in their matching velveteen attire?
I’m the mom, who had to (I hate this word as much as you do) bribe her child with candy. Well, fruit snacks but candy nonetheless.
Ok, baby. Say, ‘Cheese!’
‘Chee…’ *toddler grin*
Maybe this isn’t so — *toddler tuck and rolls off my lap*
NO! That’s not a real apple. So sorry he ate your apple prop!
I originally stashed the fruit snack pack for when we were finished but at this early in the game with one smile and one pose, I knew it was an early yet necessary evil. For every smiley pose, I promised half a fruit snack. For handing back the photographer’s hook stick, I handed him a fruit snack. A fruit snack for when he came back in the room after bolting, sat still longer than 30 seconds, smiled when asked, etc. He followed through; I followed through. We got through a few shots until I was down to that last half-piece and had a few more shots to do and still review our photos to order. Shit. The logical next step is, what else, Curious George. We perch him on the lounge couch and hand him the phone. He takes the bait. Fresh out of bribes, we leave the studio content with the scenario and somewhat little damage (emotionally and environmentally) caused. More importantly, we still praised Humnoy for everything anyway. It was new experience for all of us and wasn’t normal Saturday routine.
For such a new situation, Humnoy did well and did even better when I busted out the food bribe. I mean, if you knew you had candy waiting for you just for sitting there to show your teeth, you’d look like this too:
How do you handle bribes? What are situations where you use them, if at all?
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